The historic neighborhood of Jamaica Plain is one the most vibrant and dynamic communities in Boston, boasting strong Hispanic and Jewish communities as well as large populations of college-educated professionals, artists and political activists. Generations of Jamaica Plain residents have enjoyed the many iconic parks along Boston's Emerald Necklace, including Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum.
* Blessed Sacrament Site Plan, JPNDC
To meet the continuing demand for affordable housing, the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) sought to acquire The Blessed Sacrament church complex in Hyde Square. The 1,200-seat church could have become another symbol of decay and disinvestment, or faced demolition. Instead, Boston LISC and JPNDC joined forces to redevelop the three-acre Blessed Sacrament campus and convert it into a vibrant, mixed-use, mixed-income development. With the assistance of a $1,000,000 loan from Boston LISC and $7,000,000 in New Market Tax Credits, JPNDC was able to move forward with the development, resulting in one of the largest transfers of land in recent history in Greater Boston. The Blessed Sacrament development consists of five projects, with each project targeting the needs of a variety of families and individuals.
- 40 affordable homes catered to families earning between 60% to 80% of the area median income
- 49 market rate apartments
- 27 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) apartments maintained by The Pine Street Inn, targeted for the needs of the homeless
- A home for the Hyde Square Task Force, a community-based organization that offers a wide range of programs for local youth
- A new home for The Compass School, a private non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of high risk, inner city children as well as extensive commercial space to provide for the new development
- Neighborhood retail and community space
The slated adaptive reuse of the church will create homes and community space that will add to and reinforce the innovative and comprehensive community development taking place in Jamaica Plain.