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BPDA Board advances 6 residential developments, with over 100 affordable units

Feb 14, 2019

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board of Directors approved residential development projects in Chinatown, East Boston, Fenway, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, and a commercial project in East Boston at their February meeting. In total, the residential projects will create 472 residential units, including 111 income-restricted units.

The projects moving forward make progress towards Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s goal of increasing affordable housing to support a strong middle-class. Mayor Walsh’s 2019 legislative agenda aims to support the creation of new affordable housing, increase access to homeownership opportunities, and prevent displacement of residents.

Development Projects

65 income-restricted units approved for 41 LaGrange Street in Chinatown

Live: 126 rental units, including 65 income-restricted
Work: 20 construction jobs, 5 permanent jobs
Connect: Public realm improvements including widened sidewalk and exterior lighting for pedestrians

41 LaGrange Street, located at the rear of 48 Boylston Street in Chinatown, will construct a 19-story residential building with 126 units. Forty-percent of the units, 65 in total, will be income-restricted. The income-restricted units will target households with incomes below 70 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). There will be no on-site parking.

The project is expected to create approximately 54 studios, 18 one-bedroom and 54 two-bedroom units, along with management offices, amenity spaces, laundry facilities, and one indoor bike storage rack per unit. The project will bring public realm improvements to the surrounding streetscape, including a widened sidewalk and exterior lighting.

10 Taber Street to bring 45 homeownership units, with 6 income-restricted to Roxbury’s Dudley Square

Live: 45 residential units, including 6 income-restricted units
Work: 1,830 square feet of retail space
Connect: Off-site art installation, streetscape improvements along Warren and Taber Street

10 Taber Street, located in Roxbury’s Dudley Square neighborhood, will construct a six story, approximately 46,239 square foot mixed-use building with 45 homeownership residential units, including six income-restricted units, approximately 1,830 square feet of retail space, ten off-street vehicle parking spaces, and on-site bicycle storage spaces. The project is transit-oriented, located within 200 feet of MBTA Silver Line and bus service at Dudley Station.

The project will reconstruct the sidewalks along Taber Street from Harrison Avenue to Warren Street, and repave Taber Street from the intersection of Warren Street to the intersection of Harrison Avenue.

In addition, the project will work with the Dudley Square Neighborhood Association to incorporate a public art display. The final location and scope of the public art display will be determined in consultation with community stakeholders including the local neighborhood or civic association and other applicable city departments and agencies.

144 Addison Street to transform surface parking into 230 residential units, with 30 income-restricted units

Live: 230 residential units, including 30 income-restricted
Work: 300–400 construction jobs, 8 permanent jobs
Connect: Storage for 245 bikes, new Blue Bikes station

The 144 Addison Street project in East Boston will transform a surface parking lot into an approximately 215,565 square foot residential development with 230 rental units, 169 off-street vehicle parking spaces, bike storage and landscape, open space, and streetscape improvements. The project is located within walking distance to both the Wood Island and Orient Heights MBTA Blue Line Stations. The project will consist of two buildings connected by a central amenity space.

The project will install a raised crosswalk at the corner of Addison Street and Saratoga Street to enhance pedestrian safety and visibility. In addition, the project will install a new Blue Bikes Station.

101 Condor Street to bring 18 residential units to East Boston, including 2 income-restricted, and investment in Prescott Park

Live: 18 residential units, including 2 income-restricted
Work: 30 construction jobs
Connect: Investment in Prescott Park in Eagle Hill

101 Condor Street will construct a new four-story building consisting of 18 residential units and underground parking. The units will be located on floors two to four and will consist of (1) one bedroom unit and 17 two bedroom units. There will be bicycle storage and trash and recycling facilities, located in the enclosed garage, and a common roof deck. The project will contribute $20,000 to the City of Boston's Parks Department to invest in Eagle Hill’s Prescott Park.

New retail development at 9 Chelsea Street to create 45 new jobs in East Boston

Work: 45 jobs, 39,000 square feet of retail space
Connect: Accessible to Maverick Square MBTA Station

Located on the the intersection of Chelsea Street and Maverick Street in the East Boston, 9 Chelsea Street will construct a three-story approximately 39,679 square-foot commercial/retail building with five off-street parking spaces and a loading area. The proposed building will include approximately 13,000 square feet of retail /commercial space on each of the three levels.

The project site is located within a short walk of Maverick Station on the MBTA Blue Line. The project will improve pedestrian access with new sidewalks and the installation of new lighting.

72 Burbank Street in Fenway moves forward under City’s Compact Living Pilot Program

Live: 32 residential units, 4 income-restricted
Work: 19 construction jobs
Connect: Investment in Symphony Park

72 Burbank will construct a six story residential development totaling approximately 20,629 square feet. The project will contain 32 rental units, including four income-restricted units. The project is compliant with the City of Boston’s Compact Living Policy Pilot Program, which creates clear guidelines for new residential units that are smaller in size than typical units. The new policy aims to increase options for housing in response to growing demand, promote sustainable development, encourage innovation and creative design solutions, and minimize potential traffic resulting from increased density. In addition, the project will contribute $10,000 to the City of Boston’s Parks Department to invest in Fenway’s Symphony Park.

50 Stedman Street to bring 21 residential units, including four income-restricted, to Jamaica Plain

Live: 21 residential units, including four income-restricted units
Work: 22 construction jobs
Connect: Public realm improvements, bike storage

50 Stedman Street will construct a new three story residential building totaling approximately 31,216 gross square feet. The building will contain 21 residential rental units, with below-grade parking. Four of the units will be income-restricted. The project will consist of six one-bedroom units and 15 two-bedroom units. The project will bring public realm improvements to the surrounding area, including new sidewalks and crosswalks.

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