The Board of Appeals today approved a 44-unit apartment building on Amory Street in Jackson Square that will have some units priced low enough for people making under $35,000 a year to afford.
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.'s proposal will fill in a vacant lot that has been empty since it was condemned for the I-95 extension that never was, down the street from a mixed-income building the group built.
Backers of the project, who included the mayor, city councilors Matt O'Malley, Michael Flaherty and Tito Jackson, and several residents who got to City Hall for a hearing in the middle of a workday, said the project will bring much needed middle-income and low-income housing to a neighborhood that has become one of the prime examples of gentrification at work.
One resident praised the project for setting aside units even for people who don't make anything near the area median income. He said other JP developers have offered "fake affordable housing" out of reach for many of the area's longtime residents. Although proponents emphasized JP's particularly acute need, apartments would be open to all Boston residents meeting certain income requirements.
Some 29 of the units will have either two or three bedrooms.
The building, located a short walk from the Jackson Square Orange Line station, will have 22 parking spaces.
The BRA approved the building last year.