1599 Columbus Avenue

Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA
Transit-Oriented 65-Unit Affordable Housing Project

This transit-oriented 65-unit affordable housing project is being built on a previously developed site within a short walk of the MBTA Orange Line, bus routes, and retail and service options. 1599 Columbus is pursuing Passive House certification through the PHIUS+2018 CORE standard. Petersen Engineering has provided support for the energy modeling to optimize building envelope insulation, thermal and air barrier continuity, and high-performance glazing to drive down heating and cooling loads. Right-sized MEP systems include balanced energy recovery ventilation and a high performance, all-electric central VRF system, and future-ready PV infrastructure. The result: reduced greenhouse gas emissions, low operational costs, enhanced thermal comfort and indoor air quality, and greater levels of resilience.


Multifamily Executive

  • MFE Awards, Grand Winner — Adaptive Reuse

National Affordable Housing Management Association

  • Vanguard Award for Major Rehab of Historic Structure
  • Community of Quality Award

Multi-Housing News Magazine

  • Best Development — Adaptive Reuse

Project Details

Project Size

80,000 SF 65 Units

Completion Date

Anticipated 2024




Bald Hill Builders


Urban Edge Housing Corporation