The orphanage in Jamaica Plain well known as The Home for Little Wanderers has put its Knights Children’s Center, an aging 97 year old brick building, up for sale. The building currently house boys and girls 5 – 13 years old with a wide range of needs.
Located along the Jamaicaway close to the Longwood Medical area the building would be well suited to a developer looking to bring more residential living to the area. At 220,000 square feet of space there is ample room to serve an underserved area with a place to live, important for many of the physicians, healthcare works and scientist who work in the congested Longwood Medical Area and often need to remain close to their work.
The building is nestled in between Mount Pleasant Home, an affordable elderly housing facility, and Goddard House, a nursing home and rehabilitation center. Due to this proximity, a public service house or institution similar to these may also be well placed in the neighborhood.
The property located at 161 South Huntington Ave. is said to be worth an approximate $8 million and bids are currently being accepted by Collier Meredith & Grew.
The Home itself will be moving to a new facility still to be built on its Walpole campus at Longview Farm at a cost of $23 million, less than half of its estimated cost for rehabbing the existing building, which will include both a school and residences. The current headquarters for the Home are located along Huntington Ave in leased space near Symphony Hall.
The Home for Little Wanderers is an over 200 year old private, non-profit agency dedicated to child and family services. They are currently looking to raise funds towards their mission as well as to build the new facility.
How do you think the space along the beautiful Jamaicaway should best be put to use? Is residential the only feasibly financial viable way to go based on the estimated cost of rehabbing the space or could another non-profit get the 1914 building up to pique performance in order to pursue their mission?