Friday, January 9, 2015

Urban Edge Brings Historic Coleman-Webb Building Back to Life

The historic Coleman Webb Building on Columbus Avenue at Jackson Square is nearing completion as part of a mixed use commercial and housing redevelopment thanks to Urban Edge CDC and the Jackson Square Planning Initiative. The project is demonstrating the value of historic preservation in new community development and neighborhood revitalization.

This renovation is part of $20 million Jackson Commons, a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will integrate the existing three-story Coleman-Webb Building, built in 1908 with a four-story addition next door to be built as part of the first phase of the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative. Jackson Commons is planned as a LEED Silver, mixed-use, transit-oriented piece of Jackson Square Partners LLC’s 14-building, $250 million redevelopment effort in the Jackson Square community of Boston’s Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods.

The Coleman-Webb Building has long associations with the industrial heritage of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, serving for over 60 years first as a warehouse and stable for a local building contractor and later as a warehouse, distribution facility and display room. The 106-year-old building was home to the F.W. Webb Manufacturing Co. for 40 years and is now Urban Edge headquarters.

The ground floor will include Urban Edge offices and public-facing services. Approximately 2,000 square feet of the ground floor will be rentable to retailers or other non-profits. The housing units will be dedicated to a cross-section of income levels. Eight units will be dedicated to homeless families who will also benefit from on-site supportive resources. Twenty one units are reserved for households below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), three units for below 80% AMI, and five units for families with household income below 110% AMI.

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