Apartments for homeless to be built in Jamaica Plain after lawsuit settled with Pine Street Inn

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An artist's rendering shows the 202-unit apartment building that will be built on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. It will include support services for the formerly homeless. RODE Architects

The biggest project ever built to house homeless people in Boston is moving forward after the Pine Street Inn and its codevelopers reached a settlement with a neighbor who sued to stop the apartment building, saying it didn’t have enough parking.

But the nearly yearlong delay could prove costly.

Pine Street and its partner, Community Builders, plan to break ground by fall on a 202-unit building on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. The project will include 140 units for the homeless, with a suite of social services onsite, making it the largest such permanent housing facility with support programs in the city.

“We’re really happy that this litigation has been settled,” said Pine Street’s chief executive, Lyndia Downie. “This is literally a groundbreaking project for us.”

When approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency, plans for the building called for just 38 parking spaces, and that drew the opposition of Jamaica Plain landlord Montgomery Gold, who owns a building across the street that houses Turtle Swamp Brewing. A shortage of onsite parking would lead tenants to use scarce on-street spots, Gold argued, and leave would-be brewpub customers with nowhere to park. So he sued, challenging the parking-rules variance the Zoning Board of Appeals had granted.

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