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Mayor Menino Announces: New Projects Moving Forward

Jul 12, 2012

Will create more than 276 construction jobs, investing $174.6M in Boston

Two New Projects with the New England Conservatory ($130 million) The BRA Board unanimously approved the Student Life and Performance Center Project and the Learning Center Project within the New England Conservatory’s Institutional Master Plan. Student Life and Performance Center Project (SLPC Project), adjacent to 241 St. Botolph Street
  • Building Height: 134’
  • Square Footage: 135,000
  • 252 beds with common areas and shared living amenities, a dining commons with a performance stage, a library resource center with collaborative study spaces, and three rehearsal and performance spaces (200-seat black box theater, orchestra rehearsal room, and a large ensemble/recording room).
Learning Center Project, 33 Gainsborough Street, across from Jordan Hall
  • Building Height: 110’
  • Square Footage: 65,000 SF
  • Expansion of the library resource center, student services and administrative functions, academic space, practice space, faculty studios, student commons spaces that connect the building to the adjacent SLPC Project, and a public coffeehouse on Huntington Avenue.

New Housing and Retail in South End/Lower Roxbury
Private investment / Total project cost: $1.5M
Total square footage: 14,882 SF
Housing: 7 units
Construction Jobs: 12
Retail: 2,224 SF of ground floor retail
  New housing and retail are planned for Tremont Street in the South End Lower Roxbury neighborhood. The BRA board unanimously approved a mixed-use project proposed by Tremont Street Development, LLC and tentatively designated them to develop a BRA owned parcel associated with the project. The development site combines two abutting parcels, including the BRA owned parcel at 1008-1012 Tremont Street, and a privately owned parcel at 1004 Tremont Street. The $1.5 million project is a 4-story multi-family development featuring 7 units of housing. The 6 two-bedroom units on the second and third floor will range in size from 1,165 square feet to 1,220 square feet. The top floor penthouse unit will be 1,360 square feet. The building’s entrance and 2,224 square feet of ground floor retail will be accessed from Tremont Street. The project includes 6 above ground parking spots. Tremont Street Development LLC has 270 days to receive certain approvals including a final designation to develop the site.   Housing and Retail Approved for 2H Street
Private investment: $38M
Total square footage:  132,626 SF
Construction jobs: 150
Housing: 127 units

[caption id="attachment_7445" align="alignleft" width="150"] 2H Street Rendering[/caption] The BRA Board unanimously approved residential units, a 183 space parking garage, and 6,500 square feet of ground floor retail space.  Residents will have access to an interior courtyard/atrium, balconies, terraces, semi-private garden, and bike storage area.  The A-shaped project is bordered by East 1st Street, Vicksburg Street, East 2nd Street, and H Street. [caption id="attachment_7446" align="alignright" width="150"] 2H Street Interior Courtyard[/caption] The existing two-story warehouse building will be demolished and replaced with a three-story building above the parking garage.  The project will include 67 one-bedroom units, 50 two-bedroom units, and 10 three-bedroom units.  On the corner of East 1st Street and Vicksburg Street, 1,600 SF of retail space will be located. Peter Zagorianakos is the developer; Wadleigh & Associates are the project architect and environmental consultant; McDermott, Quilty & Miller LLP are legal counsel; Hayes & Associates are the civil engineers, and Geotechnical Consultant Inc. is the geotechnical engineer.   Residential Units Approved for Brighton
Private investment: $3.4M
Total square footage: 22,338 SF
Construction jobs: 30
Housing: 28 residential units, 3 affordable

The BRA Board unanimously approved the construction of residential units at 458-460 Washington Street in Brighton.  The site is bounded by Ringer Park, Shanley Street, and Washington Street.

[caption id="attachment_7448" align="alignleft" width="150"] 458-460 Washington Street[/caption] The project will rehabilitate a partially vacant lot with a residential building, 19 car parking garage, and 29 exterior parking spaces.  The rental units will include 3 affordable units with the developer contributing $130,240 as an affordable housing payment. The residential units include 1 studio, 19 one-bedrooms, and 8 two-bedrooms; each unit will include a washer/dryer and HVAC system.  The existing McNamara Funeral Home will be renovated and converted into 4 residential units.  The site will be redesigned with improvements in vehicular and pedestrian access to ensure public safety. SMC Partners LLC is the developer.  The rest of the development team includes Choo & Company, Inc. as architect, Peter T. Lyons, as legal counsel, Hayes Associates as civil engineer, and Mark Massarelli Associates, LLC as landscape architect.   Condominiums Approved for Mattapan
Private investment: $3.2M 
Total square footage:  33,837 SF
Construction jobs: 75
Housing: 27 residential units, 4 affordable

The BRA Board unanimously approved the construction of 27 residential units and 22 parking spaces at 422 River Street in Mattapan. [caption id="attachment_7449" align="alignright" width="150"] 422 River Street Rendering[/caption] The condominium project, to replace a deteriorating building, will be adjacent to the Neponset River Reservation and the Neponset River.  There will be 3 one-bedrooms and 24 two-bedrooms; all units will be handicapped accessible. The condominium will be a 4-story wood frame structure above a below street grade garage. Design features include lighting and landscaping along River Street, and the entrance lobby will be marked with generous lighting and large glass doors. The development team consists of 422 River Street, LLC, Sutphin Architects, Inc., and Jack Conway & Co.   New Survey Will Provide Information on Climate Change and Boston Development The BRA board unanimously adopted a measure allowing BRA staff to request that development teams complete a Climate Change Adaptation Planning Questionnaire. The survey includes questions about developer awareness around climate change threats like higher average temperatures, increased heat waves, sea level rise, and increased storm frequency and intensity. BRA staff would request development teams undergoing Article 80 Large or Small project review and Institutional Master Plan amendments and updates to complete the survey. The questionnaire is intended to provide the BRA and appropriate City departments with information on project based practices that might inform future BRA and City policy and practice. The creation of the survey is in response to the Mayor’s Climate Action Leadership Committee and ongoing efforts to understand and develop best practices that respond to climate change.

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