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Living Green and Eco-Friendly in Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain New Construction, Jamaica Plain Condos, Jamaica Plain Real Estate, Armory Street, Green Street

Corner of Amory and Green Streets. Credit: Josh Muncey

This is an excerpt from Josh Muncey's real estate blog. Josh is a real estate agent with Gibson Sotheby's International Realty serving Boston's Jamaica Plain and surrounding neighborhoods.

Have you wondered about the new building going up on the corner of Amory and Green Streets? I was curious, so I did a little digging and wanted to share.

Bartlett Square Condos will consist of 13 condominiums, 2 of which are designated affordable housing units per city of Boston guidelines, a heated underground garage, and 3 ground floor retail spaces. There are 1, 2, and 3 bedroom condos ranging in size from 700 - 1,660 square feet and some of the units have roof decks. The building has private storage units and secured bike storage. A couple of these condos are actually already under contract! It is being built by Maple Hurst Builders, a local developer that has completed many of Jamaica Plains most beautiful, and quality constructed condos.

The interior design of the condos have extremely efficient layouts with little, if any, wasted space. The kitchens will be open, and outfitted with Energy Star stainless appliances. The bathrooms feature custom limestone and tile baths with high-efficiency fixtures. There are hardwood floors throughout, security and intercom systems, and laundry hook-ups in-unit. Special attention in construction is being paid to quality soundproofing and energy efficiency.

As for the three retail spaces, all are equipped with either 11 or 12 foot ceilings. There is a 2,400 square foot space that comes with a 700 square foot patio. This space is most likely designed for a restaurant/cafe. There is a 750 square foot center unit, and another 1150 square foot corner unit.

In speaking with Derek Bourdreau of Maple Hurst Builders of the project, he commented, Bartlett Sq will bring new activity and new life to the Green St/Amory St corner. The 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units with elevator access, underground parking and a 15 minute commute downtown will bring up-sizers, down-sizers, first-timers, part-timers, singles, couples, families, JP newcomers, JP old-timers and everyone in-between into the community while the retail space will offer new shopping and restaurant options for the neighborhood and the 3500+ people who pass through the Green St T station every day.

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Corner of Amory and Green Streets. Credit: Josh Muncey

These condos are being constructed using the greenest building methods. To date, 96% of construction waste (13.41 tons) has been recycled and diverted from landfills. Why is this really important? Americans generate anywhere from 200 - 250 million tons of solid waste each year. Only 20%-30% of that waste is recycled. Construction waste accounts for almost a quarter of what goes into landfill. This makes buildings the largest contributor to landfills. Its extremely refreshing to find a real estate project with such respect for the environment.

Furthermore, the building will have equipment that utilize green, eco-friendly practices. For one, there will be rooftop solar panels which will provide energy for the buildings common electric. Solar panels also have heating and cooling benefits. A buildings ceiling could be a few degrees cooler during the day under solar panels that cover an otherwise exposed roof. At night, the panels help to hold heat in, reducing heating costs. There will also be a 2100sf vegetative green roof, i.e. a roof planted with a dense layer of vegetation that absorbs rainwater, filters air pollutants, provides insulation, and can create wildlife habitat. Lastly, there will be a high efficiency Kone elevator.Continuing reading on Josh Muncey's real estate blog...

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