Jackson Commons Cleanup
The Site, located at 1540 and 1542R Columbus Avenue in Roxbury, was occupied by a trucking facility, garage, and manufacturing facility in the early 1900's. In the middle to late 1900's, the Site was occupied by an auto dealership, repair shop, and plumbing supplier. The property was taken by the City of Boston in 1987 by tax foreclosure.
In 2007, GEI Consultants, Inc. conducted a subsurface investigation on behalf of DND in order to facilitate the planned redevelopment of the Site. Sampling results indicated the presence of petroleum, arsenic, and lead contamination in the soil at concentrations exceeding MassDEP Reportable Concentrations. The release was subsequently reported to the MassDEP in and Release Tracking Number 3-28859 was assigned in October 2009. A Phase I - Initial Site Investigation report documenting the investigations associated with the release was submitted to the MassDEP on November 8, 2010.
The property is currently a vacant lot surrounded by a chain link fence. The remediation project will support the redevelopment of the parcel as part of Jackson Commons, a green, mixed-use, transit-oriented development project. Jackson Commons will include 38 mixed-income rental apartments, a Neighborhood Learning Center, and retail/office space. Jackson Commons will include the adaptive re-use and gut renovation of the existing 100 year old Webb Building (located on the adjacent parcel and owned by the developer, Urban Edge), and a newly-constructed 4-story addition (to be located on the 1540 and 1542 Columbus Avenue parcels). The project is part of the Jackson Square Redevelopment Initiative, and is a key step in the revitalization of this Roxbury neighborhood. Details regarding the cleanup plan and progress of the cleanup project can be found in the documents listed below.