The owner of the Forbes Building, 539-551 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain, says he will soon submit detailed plans to the BPDA to renovate the building and to rent 143 of the 147 units as affordable.
In a letter of intent filed yesterday, owner Paul Clayton's Jamaica Plain Company said roughly 123 apartments would be rented to people making no more than 60% of the Boston area median income and another 20% to people making no more than 80% of that amount. BPDA says Clayton is working with the state to obtain vouchers that would let him rent some units to people making even less than those amounts.
The building, on a 1.59-acre lot, was built in 1978 with low-interest state loans requiring most of the units be rented at below-market rates for 40 years - a period that expired several years ago.
Today, most of the building's residents are senior citizens or people with disabilities - and their future has become a key issue for both them and others in Jamaica Plain.
In his brief filing, Clayton said his new plans would include replacing the building's key mechanical systems and facade - in part to reduce the building's overall energy consumption.
539-551 Centre St. filings and meeting schedule.