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New businesses create Boston retail jobs

Posted on April 6, 2014

The opening of seven new businesses has created a bevy of Boston retail jobs.

The new businesses are located in Hyde Jackson Square Main Street. They include Centre Street Sanctuary, Massachusetts Bay Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, The Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center, Peak Performance Chiropractic, Family Caregivers, Re/Max Destiny and Tails.

These businesses opened with over $10,000 of investment from Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street and the City’s Office of Business Development that leveraged over $800,000 in private investment. The opening of these establishments marks another milestone for the thriving Hyde/Jackson Square business district having created more than 31 new jobs.

The JPNDC, a 37-year-old non-profit community development corporation, partnered with New Atlantic in 2005 to purchase the 3.2-acre Blessed Sacrament campus. The Archdiocese of Boston’s closure of the 115-year-old Blessed Sacrament parish in 2004 prompted parishioners, residents and small businesses to work with the City and local organizations to develop a suitable plan for its reuse.

More than 1,400 signatures were collected in support of affordable housing and other uses that would benefit the Jamaica Plan community. Since 2005, the JPNDC/New Atlantic Development partnership has developed 81 affordable homes and new green space, as well as the retail space celebrated today.

“Small businesses are the backbone of Boston’s neighborhoods. Today, we’re celebrating the evolution of the Blessed Sacrament parish site, and the new life that these seven new businesses bring to the streetscape, the Hyde Square neighborhood, and the community at large,” said Mayor Walsh. “The progress that has been made at this once vacant church site would not be possible without the tremendous commitment of Hyde/Jackson Square residents, JPNDC, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Street, Hyde Square Task Force, New Atlantic, and their partners. I also have to commend the business owners we met today for their dedication to bringing new, quality, goods and services to Jamaica Plain community.”