We were pleased to read in Banker & Tradesman about the continued success of the Jackson Square master planning effort, in which PCA played a pivotal role. In conjunction with Stull & Lee/Tise Architects and multiple site developers, PCA acted as the lead architect in the master planning and site development of Jackson Square – 9.5 acres of prime yet depressed real estate at the intersection of Boston’s Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods.
Initially brought into the project by the Jackson Square Partnership, a quasi-public / private entity, PCA was recruited to oversee the overall masterplan. PCA worked with the Partnership to obtain all of the necessary approvals to secure funding and begin work on the site. PCA subsequently helped to navigate the project through Article 80 Large Project Review and garner approvals from the Boston Civic Design Commission, creating a unified neighborhood vision.
Subsequently, PCA completed a gateway project for the Square - Jackson Commons - an affordable housing project that also rehabilitated one of the last remnants of Jackson Square's history with the adaptive reuse of the historic FW Webb Building.
PCA continues to work in Jackson Square, currently working with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation on General Heath Square with the addition of 47 new 100% affordable apartments and community space. Heath Square’s design received overwhelming support from community leaders and public officials at its Article 80 Large Project Review.