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New Boston Affordable Housing Includes WiFi

Published June 16th, 2013

The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors yesterday approved plans for a new apartment complex in Jamaica Plain.


Serenity, located at 105A South Huntington Ave., will have 195 units, 32 of which will be city-certified affordable housing. It will sit on a one-acre lot formerly owned by the commonwealth.
The apartments will be a mix of studios and one-bedrooms as well as two- and three-bedrooms to accommodate families in an area that has traditionally had a shortage of larger units. The apartments will be designed to attract professionals and families who want to be near public transportation or the Longwood Medical Area. The building will have 147 parking spaces and covered storage for 195 bicycles.

Serenity will have 24-hour concierge and security services, a 24-hour sports club/fitness center, a private courtyard with water feature and children's play area and wifi in common areas.
It will also have solar-reflective white roofs, green roofs with plantings at some levels, Energy Star appliances, water-conserving fixtures, low-e glazing on windows and a high-performance building envelope.
Boston-based Cedar Valley Development LLC will build the complex, which yesterday received its scoping determination, waiving the requirement of further review under the BRA's Article 80 of the Zoning Code. David Chilinski of Cambridge-based Prellwitz Chilinski Assoc. designed Serenity.  

Construction is expected to begin early in 2014, with an opening in the fall of 2015 or early 2016.