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BPDA Board approves $86.6 million in development projects at April meeting

Apr 14, 2017

The Boston Planning & Development Agency’s (BPDA) board of directors approved two new development projects and one Notice of Project Change (NPC) at the monthly board meeting. The developments represent $86.6 million dollars in combined investments and are estimated to yield 134 construction jobs.

In addition to the approval of these development projects, the board also approved the following requests:
  • To disburse $44,515 to 10 community-based organizations that provide a variety of services to residents in neighborhoods surrounding the Prudential Center. The funds will be disbursed from the Prudential Center Community Benefits fund maintained by the BPDA.
  • To enter into a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to align Mayor Walsh’s Office of Financial Empowerment’s (OFE) Citywide Credit Building Program with potential community partners, to be determined.
  • To accept $500,000 in funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to fund the installation of a water transportation dock and associated improvements at Lovejoy Wharf.
  • To move forward with performance and design services at the China Trade Center in order to meet code and regulatory compliance, preparing for future tenants, including Boston Public Library services for the Chinatown community.
New Development Projects

Phase II of 1065 Tremont Street project to bring 28 units of housing to Roxbury

Live: 24 market rate units and four affordable housing units
Work: 40 construction jobs; $18 million investment
Connect: $30,000 in community benefits funding for St. Cyprian Church repairs and improvements
Project Size: 31,500 square feet

The proposed project is located at 1065 Tremont Street in Roxbury between Cunard Street and Saint Cyprian’s Place, within walking distance of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Orange Line Ruggles Station and multiple bus lines operating in Lower Roxbury. As proposed, the project will require the construction of a six-story, residential building totaling approximately 31,500 square feet.

The building will have 28 rental units, four of which will be Inclusionary Development Policy units (IDP). There will be a mix of 14 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units, two three-bedroom units and two four-bedroom units. Bicycle storage and a trash/recycling room will be located within the ground level of the building.

Transit-oriented housing approved for 1857-1859 Dorchester Avenue

Live: 20 housing units, three affordable units, accessible/adaptable units
Work: 30 construction jobs, two commercial spaces, new retail space options
Connect: $10,000 in community benefits funding for the Martin Richard Foundation and the City Youth Sports Training & Education Movement (C.Y.S.T.E.M.)
Project Size: 28,896 square feet

The proposed 1857-1859 Dorchester Avenue project is adjacent to the MBTA Red Line and located two blocks north of Peabody Square. As proposed, the project will be a five-story, mixed-use building totaling approximately 26,896 total square feet. The building will create 20 rental units, including three IDP units. The units will be a mix of 16 two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units. Bicycle storage and a trash/recycling room will be located within the ground level of the building. The building will also include  two commercial/retail spaces and 24 on-site parking spaces.

As part of this project’s approval, the developer has planned to make two $5,000 community contributions to the following organizations:
The community contributions will be made upon the issuance of building permits by the City of Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD).  

Notice of Project Change (NPC)

Board gives green light for $71.6 million Stavis Seafood project, by way of NPC

Work: 230 retained jobs within Boston and approximately 80 new jobs; 153 construction jobs and $71.6 million in private investment
Connect: Largest private investment in marine support infrastructure in over 15 years
Project Size: 201,000 square feet

With the approval of the project’s second NPC, the board moved forward on the construction of Stavis’  proposed 201,000 gross square foot seafood processing facility, which will include marine warehousing and accessory office space parking located on a portion of Parcel M-1 in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park.

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