Jackson Square Partners, a collaboration of three community-based non-profit organizations, is creating a mixed-use development based on a comprehensive planning effort aimed at creating a balanced community. The LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) Pilot project, which earned a Silver Certified Plan rating, includes development of three lots around the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Jackson Square station and improvements to the area’s streets.

Nitsch Engineering is providing land surveying, civil and transportation engineering services for the four-phase redevelopment project. We provided boundary retracement and existing conditions surveys for 27 acres in the area, including the 11-acre site. Our engineers then began work on the Phase 1A Infrastructure, which was completed in the fall of 2011, to support the area’s new mixed-use buildings (residential condominiums and retail space).

Nitsch Engineering used Low Impact Development principles to develop the site; the development will include green roofs, re-use rainwater, and utilize other sustainable design techniques. We designed roadway infrastructure improvements for five streets in the area: Columbus Avenue, Centre Street, Amory Street, the MBTA busway, and Ritchie Street. We also prepared design documents that include new curb alignments, sidewalks, street lights, and median dividers.

When complete, the 14-building, $250 million project will include 436 housing units, 61,200 square feet of retail/commercial, 13,500 square feet of office space, 66,500 square feet of community facilities, and open space. As part of the first phase of this project, Nitsch Engineering provided civil engineering services for the development of a 103-unit mixed-use development at 225 Centre Street, which opened in September 2013.

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