The conversion of the old Home for Little Wanderers at 161 South Huntington Avenue in Jamaica Plain into apartments has been on the books since at least early 2012, when developer Boston Residential Group bought the property. Now more than one-third leased, the 196-unit complex is taking a victory lap.
There were concerns that the development would upend the surrounding area's delicate affordability balance, thereby stalling construction for a long while, but in March of this year we got our first sneak peek at Olmsted Place's units via renderings. And, in June, leasing started. Now comes word that this morning the developer will host an official ribbon-cutting, with Mayor Marty Walsh as the guest of honor.
Apartments range from 530-square-foot studios to 3-BR, 2-BA units of 1,300 square feet. Market-rate rents start at $2,600 for said studios and the complex is already 35 percent leased. It includes amenities such as a gym (with yoga room), a coffee lounge and free WiFi in the common areas (and Olmsted Place's website also talks up the project's proximity to spots such as Whole Foods). Finally, there are 156 parking spaces and plug-ins for electric cars. Bring it.
· Leasing Starts at JP's Long-Time-Coming Olmsted Place [Curbed Boston]
· Another One! Jamaica Plain's Big New Apartment Building [Curbed Boston]
· Your First Looks at JP's Long-Time-Coming Olmsted Place [Curbed Boston]