We Build Where We Live

Watermark Development has spent nearly 35 years renovating residential and commercial properties in the Jamaica Plain area. Beginning with the historic restorations of notable Victorian houses, segueing to the development of artist live-work loft space and of late creating social service space for nonprofit tenants, Watermark has taken on projects that reuse and restore important sites in Jamaica Plain.

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The work we do

Historic Preservation

The restoration and preservation of historic residential homes is a complicated process. Far more difficult than new construction, the builders need to have various skill sets and experience to work on these projects. This combined with the need for high quality finishes and the energy efficient and sound proof assemblies we build today means many moving parts fitting together seamlessly.

Social Service Job Centers

WaterMark has begun to partner with nonprofit social service agencies in order to develop large commercial office buildings. These structures are built to house many different agencies and provide job centers in our community. We have focused on the Jackson Square area of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury because of its proximity to the orange line MBTA station.

Repurposing Former Industrial Sites

Many of the larger projects WaterMark creates are on the sites of former industrial uses. This typically will require the cleanup of Brownfield sites. WaterMark specializes in the management of the various contractors required to work on the safe cleanup and coordination with government agencies to bring these sites back into compliance and prepare for redevelopment.


Enhancing the community

1785 Columbus Ave.

The project seeks to create an expanded home for Horizons for Homeless Children on floors one and two, as well as rentable social service space for other programs on the upper floors. The Project will anchor the corners of Dimock St. and Columbus Ave. as well as Dimock St. and Amory St. in this underutilized area of Jackson Square. The new development will include approximately 135,000 SF of office space and 157 parking spaces on this former industrial site. Due to the 14’ grade change along Dimock St. the parking will be spread over two floors with an entry point at the Amory St. grade allowing parking for 81 vehicles and a second entry point of Dimock St providing another 76 parking spaces. The existing grade change allows for an ideal double deck of parking without ramps to get onto the different levels. Bike Storage is also anticipated for both parking levels.

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