Youth Enrichment Services and Watermark Development have filed plans with the BPDA to replace an electrical contractor's building on Amory Street with a new headquarters for the non-profit group and a separate four-story, nine-unit residential building.
YES, which provides "affordable and impactful sports-based youth development and leadership programming" for roughly 1,600 kids a year in Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan, would use the lot recently vacated by J&M Brown Co. - which moved to Dedham - at 267 Amory St., near New Minton Street and overlooking the Southwest Corridor.
The street is already home to a number of non-profit groups, including the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp., which owns the Brewery complex on the other side of Amory.
Included in the YES headquarters part of the project would be a ski rental shop for kids in its programs, storage space for YES ski equipment, offices, classrooms and indoor recreation space
The exterior of the building will be clad in a combination of wood or wood-like siding and corrugated metal evoking the industrial past of the site and referencing ski lodge vernacular. Large punched operable windows and tall storefront on the ground floor allow generous amounts of daylight into spaces within the building and begin to blur the line of inside and out. The second and third floors will feature outdoor decks allowing direct access and sight lines to the neighboring tree canopy of the Southwest Corridor Park. The west façade facing the MBTA rail tracks will feature a large, locally-commissioned mural and signage displaying YES’s logo and name.
Eight of the apartments would have three bedrooms; one would have two bedrooms. None are "affordable," - that requirement only kicks in with projects of ten or more units - but Watermark says it is forgoing its usual developer's fee to make the project more affordable to the non-profit group and will make a contribution to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp.'s planned Center for Equity and Prosperity.
Watermark says it was not trying to avoid the ten-unit affordability requirement, just that the size of the lot limited how much it could fit in while still including a building large enough to meet YES's needs.
The proposal calls for a total of 14 parking spaces: 9 for the residential building and the rest for YES employees. Watermark would also build a "raised crosswalk" across Amory that would heighten visibility of pedestrians and force motorists to slow down.
267 Amory St. filings and calendar.