Post Date: November 3, 2006

On October 18, members of the Hale and Dorr Legal Services Center and the Jamaica Plain community celebrated the sale of the first of 11 planned affordable housing units in the Hyde/Jackson Square area, all of which are being developed by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Guided by clinical student Bethany Bonuedi ’07 and Albert M. Sacks Clinical Law Fellow Ilisabeth Smith Bornstein, members of the JPNDC learned how to prepare all of the legal documents necessary to transfer home ownership to the buyers. Working with the Community Enterprise Project (in which Bonuedi is involved), the JPNDC also learned how to navigate local, city and state rules affecting property sales.

When completed, the project — which consists of townhouses, single- and two-family homes located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood — will provide ownership opportunities to first time homebuyers who earn between 50 and 80 percent of Boston’s median income.

The first sale, for a property located at 11 Ashley Street, is set to close at the end of the month.