JP's New Green Condos

New mid-rise condo building being developed by the Green Street T Station.

Have you wondered about the new building going up on the corner of Amory and Green streets? I was curious, so I did a little digging and wanted to share.  

The new mixed-use development is called Bartlett Square Condos. It will consist of 13 condominiums, two of which are designated affordable housing units per city of Boston guidelines, a heated underground garage, and three ground-floor retail spaces. There are one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos ranging in size from 700 to 1,660 square feet, and some of the units have roof decks. The building has private storage units and secured bike storage. A couple of these condos are actually already under contract. It is being built by Maple Hurst Builders, a local developer that has worked on many condo development projects in Jamaica Plain (e.g. CityGreen, Willowbank, and Sygourney Homes).

The interior design of the condos have extremely efficient layouts with little, if any, wasted space. The kitchens will be open, and outfitted with Energy Star stainless appliances. The bathrooms feature custom limestone and tile baths with high-efficiency fixtures. There are hardwood floors throughout, security and intercom systems and laundry hook-ups in-unit. Special attention in construction is being paid to quality soundproofing and energy efficiency.

As for the three retail spaces, all are equipped with either 11- or 12-foot ceilings. There is a 2,400-square-foot space that comes with a 700-square-foot patio. This space is most likely designed for a restaurant/cafe. There is a 750-square-foot center unit, and another 1,150-square-foot corner unit. As far as I know, all leases are still available. At one point I heard a rumor of talks for a macrobiotic restaurant but I am not sure that is going to happen.

In my opinion, perhaps one of the best features does not have to do with the condos themselves but how the building is being constructed. To date, 96 percent of construction waste (13.41 tons) has been recycled and diverted from landfills. Why is this really important? Americans generate anywhere from 200 to 250 million tons of solid waste each year. Only 20 to 30 percent of that waste is recycled. Construction waste accounts for almost a quarter of what goes into landfill. This makes buildings the largest contributor to landfills. It’s extremely refreshing to find a real estate project with such respect for the environment.

Furthermore, the building will have equipment that utilize green, eco-friendly practices. For one, there will be rooftop solar panels which will provide energy for the buildings common electric. Solar panels also have heating and cooling benefits. A building’s ceiling could be a few degrees cooler during the day under solar panels that cover an otherwise exposed roof. At night, the panels help to hold heat in, reducing heating costs. There will also be a 2,100-square-foot vegetative green roof, i.e. a roof planted with a dense layer of vegetation that absorbs rainwater, filters air pollutants, provides insulation, and can create wildlife habitat. Lastly, there will be a high efficiency “Kone” elevator.

So, why is it named Bartlett Square? Once upon a time in the mid-1800s, before the bustling Centre Street of today, the Green Street area around the train tracks was the commercial hub of Jamaica Plain. There were two commercial squares of Green Street, Bartlett Square, which was parallel to the train station on the Washington Street side, as well as Woosley Square, which was on the Centre Street side. Bartlett Square got its name from Alden Bartlett, a real estate, insurance, and mortgaging agent who owned and developed much of the commercial land around Green Street, specifically the area surrounding where the Bikes Not Bombs retail shop is. 

What effect will the building have on the area, and who will live there? I spoke with Derek Boudreau, a member of the Maple Hurst Builders team, who commented about the project, “Bartlett Square will bring new activity and new life to the Green Street/Amory Street corner. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units with elevator access, underground parking and a 15 minute commute downtown will bring up-sizers, down-sizers, first-timers, part-timers, singles, couples, families, JP newcomers, JP old-timers and everyone in-between into the community while the retail space will offer new shopping and restaurant options for the neighborhood and the 3,500-plus people who pass through the Green Street T station every day.” 

These condos and retail spaces certainly have the potential to be the start of a major revitalization of the Green Street block between Amory and Washington Street. I’d love to here your comments about what types of businesses would be a great fit for these spaces.  

Josh Muncey is a local Jamaica Plain Realtor

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Matt September 04, 2011 at 08:17 PM
I recently bought a condo in this area and it's in dire need of something... there are so many open store fronts along Washington street. I really hope this adds to the area instead of just adding additional empty commercial space. This area is also full of trash all the time. It's insane. I'd love to see a Trader Joe's or some other grocery store. There isn't a real grocery store nearby and I bet something nice with reasonable prices (TJ's) would do really well. Restaurants, book stores, cafes, or coffee shops would also be great additions.
Bill September 04, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Wrong side of the tracks for all that, nobody has managed to 'gentrify' out the current owners. Yet.
Em September 05, 2011 at 04:12 AM
I don't agree. I bet such things would be welcomed, especially if it fills vacant buildings.
Bill September 05, 2011 at 04:25 AM
I agree that filling the empty store fronts would be a swell idea, that section of Washington has few businesses on it. I've always wondered why it's somewhat desolate over there, and the quickest conclusion that came to mind was 'PARKING' -- yeah, it really can be that simple. There is none aside from the street itself, and it's a chore to squeeze in somewhere. I've seen at least three businesses come and go from what once was Timmons Liquors on the corner of Washington and Green.
Maura September 05, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Until recently Amory St itself was strictly commercial from Cornwall down to Green. And not a small amount of the side streets were heavy on industry (plus schools, health centers, churches etc) rather than housing. So the number and kinds of businesses needed have changed. It takes time to catch up, especially in a tough economy.
Em September 05, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Yeah, welcome to Boston, where parking is an issue everywhere. That shouldn't inhibit commercial growth, especially since that area is so close to the train and bus routes.. not to mention the people who live within walking distance.
Joshua Muncey September 06, 2011 at 12:48 PM
While parking is not overly abundant at that intersection, it does gets heavy pedestrian traffic of people going to and from the Green Street T Station. Specifically during rush hours. I think a cafe/bookstore similar to Trident Booksellers & Cafe (of the Back Bay) or Kramerbooks (of Dupont Circle) would thrive in this spot.
Bill September 06, 2011 at 02:27 PM
That particular corner should attract a coffee/pastry shop or something similar -- hopefully one of the existing JP bakeries will jump on it instead of just another Starbucks or other chain store. Surprising there's been no interest from CVS, Dunkin's or Subway yet...
Devil September 10, 2011 at 03:03 AM
Does the area really need gentrification? While not the prettiest, it's fine as it is in my opinion. I imagine most of the interaction of the new residents with the neighborhood will take place on the way to the subway station. A coffee shop or convenience store would serve the corner well.
Em September 11, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Does filling vacant store fronts and (hopefully) reducing crime always have to be gentrification?
Bill September 11, 2011 at 03:08 PM
I guess not, em, and I used the term somewhat snidely. Filling the NEW store fronts may be simple enough -- good location and plenty of foot traffic -- as long as they close at 8PM. However, some parts of Washington Street are a couple a few decades away from any serious upgrade.
Bob from JP September 17, 2011 at 09:34 PM
Yes. Gentrification bad. Vacant storefronts and crime good. Come on, haven't you learned the formula yet?
Art Rawding September 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM
As an active JP realtor, I have sold units in both of their other recent projects at CityGreen and Williowbank. I have to say, they were some of the best home inspections I have ever had - high quality construction all around. I think it is a great addition to the changing neighborhood.


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