195 Apartments at 101 South Huntington Ave. Approved by BRA

BOSTON – The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors yesterday gave its approval to Serenity, a new 195-unit  apartment complex to be built by Cedar Valley Development, LLC, a subsidiary of the Longwood Group, at 101 South Huntington Ave. in Jamaica Plain.

The project, to be constructed on a vacant one-acre lot formerly owned by the Commonwealth between the Jamaicaway and South Huntington Avenue, will fill in a hole in the block, provide a variety of housing opportunities to current and new residents of the neighborhood, and enliven the street.

Serenity, designed by David Chilinski of Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, yesterday received its Preliminary Adequacy Determination, waiving the requirement of further review under the BRA’s Article 80 of the Zoning Code.

The new residences will be of a lower scale on the Jamaicaway side of the building, rising no higher than five floors. A modest-sized, slender tower of 13 floors will be located on the Huntington Avenue side, where more height already exists.

“We have worked for about two years to fulfill a vision for this unique property,” said Anthony Nader, Principal of the Longwood Group, the parent company of Cedar Valley Development, LLC, the developer. “A blank site will be transformed into a handsome building that will provide much-needed housing for individuals and families who revere the Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill neighborhoods. We are gratified it has taken a big step forward.”

The apartments will be oriented toward professionals and families who want to be near public transportation or the Longwood Medical Area. The building will have 105 parking spaces, accessible from the South Huntington side of the building, toward the east.

Serenity will have a significant entry plaza on South Huntington, with decorative paving and landscaping. Trees will be added to both Jamaicaway and South Huntington edges.

The South Huntington side will have approximately 2,000 square feet of retail space for use by residents, neighbors, and visitors. A view corridor is designed into the building, making the natural Jamaica Pond area visible from pedestrians, drivers, or MBTA riders on South Huntington.

For residents, Serenity will have 24-hour concierge and security services, a 24-hour sports club/fitness center, a lounge and billiard room, library , a private courtyard, swimming pool with lounge and deck, wifi in common areas, on-site management, electric-car charging, and covered storage for 195 bicycles.

The project will be environmentally sustainable, designed for efficiency and health conscious residents. It is in an area well-served by public transportation, on the MBTA’s Green Line and several bus routes.

The building will 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.

It will create about 200 union construction jobs over up to 18 months of construction, and about 14 permanent jobs in retail space, property management, and maintenance.

The approval of Serenity, which was proposed in July 2012, followed a robust public review process and a BRA-led study of the South Huntington Corridor, which resulted in guidelines tailored to each block. The project requires approval at the Zoning Board of Appeal.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015, with an opening in spring 2017.

About Longwood Group

Longwood Group is a private investment and real estate development company, invested in and managed by partners with over 30 years of experience in real estate and venture investing. Real estate direct investments have spanned from brownstones to residential subdivisions and urban condominiums. Longwood Group is committed to its investments for the long term and has a proven track record in the Boston area. For more information, please go to www.longwoodgroup.com .

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