NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor firm, announced the completion of Holtzer Park for Urban Edge. Located on Amory Street in Jamaica Plain in Boston, the new development provides 62 new, affordable rental apartments.
Designed by ICON Architecture, the project includes nine single-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom, and 16 three-bedroom apartments. Fourteen of the units are designated for formerly homeless families, for those with disabilities, or for people accessing services through the Department of Mental Health. The building includes indoor bike storage, laundry facilities, and a community room. The larger site will offer surface parking and a landscaped children’s play area.
Holtzer Park is part of the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) Amory Street phased redevelopment project in Jackson Square. Working with developers The Community Builders (TCB), Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC), and Urban Edge, the redevelopment plan includes the renovation and preservation of 199 public housing units as affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities, and the creation of three new buildings, with a total of 195 affordable and 110 market-rate apartments. Holtzer Park, developed by Urban Edge, provides 62 affordable apartments for households earning up to 30%, 50%, and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI).
During the early stages of excavation for the foundation, NEI discovered unknown buried concrete obstructions. The project team quickly adjusted for full removal of foundation instead of aggregate piles, avoiding the need for structural piers or digging to undisturbed soil for foundation support. As a result, NEI was able to expedite remaining activities and finish the project on schedule even with the surprise obstructions.
Holtzer Park utilizes a high-efficiency heating system and building envelope, as well as Energy Star-rated appliances. Solar power will be used as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to promote efficient living. The development will employ environmentally friendly design features throughout and will meet the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Homes Gold certifiable standard. The housing development will also meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standards.
About NEI General Contracting
NEI is a privately held company committed to affordable housing with extensive experience in ground-up, moderate rehab, elderly, veteran, historic rehab, historic tax credit and tax credit projects. Providing a full spectrum of general contracting and construction management services to clients throughout the United States.
NEI has three regional offices, to help better serve its clients: Boston to serve the Northeast, Florida to serve the Southeast, and Texas to serve the Southwest.
Founded in 1998 on the principles of integrity, diligence, and building for good, we have opened the door to over 20,000 newly homed and hopeful families, giving them a chance for a better quality of life. We’re building for good because everyone deserves a good home. We’re building for good because that’s the right way to do it. For more information, please visit www.neigc.com.
About Urban Edge
Urban Edge is a non-profit community development organization dedicated to strengthening communities and families. Together, we build affordable housing and vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. Urban Edge is located in Jackson Square, where Boston’s Latin Quarter meets its historic Black neighborhood at the crossroads of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.
Urban Edge is a leader in community development, known for innovation and excellence. It works with others across the City and State to promote high-quality, sustainable, and affordable communities. Public, private, and non-profit entities turn to it for its advice and expertise and as partners in undertaking complex and transformative urban projects. Urban Edge has developed more than 1,500 housing units and maintains a portfolio of 1,431 affordable rental homes. For more information, visit https://www.urbanedge.org/.