Jamaica Plain restaurant-supply shop unwraps its plans for housing and a


BMS Paper and Market, 3390 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain, this week filed plans with the BPDA to top off its current brick building with 151 residential units and add a restaurant and expand its existing store.

The expanded six-story building on the roughly 2-acre site would have two parking levels with spaces for 109 cars, with a parking lot with another 18 spaces for both residents and BMS customers. Space would be set aside for 195 bicycles, for both residents and customers.

The site is next door to where the Pine Street Inn has won approval for an apartment building – across the street from a landlord who says he is fretful enough about parking to sue to try to stop the Pine Street proposal.

BMS is proposing 44 studios, 68 one-bedroom units, 31 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units. Some 23% of the units would be rented or sold as affordable – the filing does not indicate if BMS plans to rent the units as apartments or sell them as condos.

The multiple interconnected buildings are organized around a central landscaped courtyard, and the building heights vary and step up from being lower at the street scape (4 stories), to the middle portion (5 stories), to the rear of the site (6 stories) which is buried two levels into the existing hillside.

The restaurant would be on the building’s second floor, with a roof deck above it.

The filing describes the architecture of the building:

One of the strengths of the project is that the existing 2 ½ story brick masonry mill-style building along Washington Street will substantially remain in place. This allows the familiar element along the street to continue to be part of the neighborhood fabric. The remainder of the Project will key off the existing building and use similar materials and styling throughout the project. The new retail and residential entries will utilize brick masonry and large store front glass areas to better connect and identify the building entry points to the public. Internally, the lower floors of the new building will continue to use brick masonry at a height and scale similar to the 2 ½ story existing building, as well as utilizing large oversized window and storefront openings to compliment the retail, public, and common area uses within these lower level spaces.

At the upper floors, the building materials switch to a more residential style palette utilizing a mix of fiber cement lap and panel siding organized in a way to break down the massing as well as establish a rhythm consistent with a mid-rise residential building style. The use of building bays, and balcony recesses further break down the feel of the building and allow for complimentary colors and materials to the main body of the building. Windows throughout the residential areas are a mix of size and vary with the different siding materials. This allows for greater interest along the façade but maintains consistent patterning to help organize the overall look of the building facades.

3390 Washington St. project notification form (25.1M PDF).
3390 Washington St. filings and meeting and comment schedules.

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