New Residential Developments Planned for Boston Area

Ed Greable Blogger August 2, 2017

From condo developments in Dorchester to new apartments in Jamaica Plain, a number of new developments are on the horizon in and around Boston. Here are a few of the developments you can expect to see in the near future.

Condo Development in Dorchester’s Port Norfolk

Under a new plan filed by South Boston-based City Point Capital, Dorchester’s Port Norfolk may soon get a new 150-unit condo complex. Situated on a 3.6-acre site just across the Neponset River from Quincy, the plan also includes a 250room hotel, a 4,000-square-foot restaurant, boat storage for 75 vessels and 185 parking spaces. The plan would include the demolition of the MarineMax Russo Boston buildings on Port Norfolk’s Ericsson Street along with the renovation of the existing 75-slip marina. The renovation would include adding a refreshment stand and public restrooms. Other details within the plan call for maintaining two acres of outdoor space, including a game court, a tidal garden, a dog park, a kayak launch, a public fishing pier and possibly a pedestrian bridge across Pine Neck Creek to Tenean Beach.

New Apartment Complex to Come to Jamaica Plain

Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeal has approved a three-building, 252-unit apartment complex in Jamaica Plain. Called the Residence at Forest Hills, the trio of six-story buildings will be located across from the Orange Line’s Forest Hills stop. The development will include 58 studios, 125 one-bedrooms, 58 two-bedrooms and 11 three-bedrooms. 50 of the units within the new development will be designated as affordable. The development will also include 140 parking spaces, both surface and garage parking, along with 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

Winthrop Square Garage Tower Faces Delays

Plans have been underway for what would ultimately be the tallest primarily residential tower in New England for some time now, but a number of obstacles have prevented the plan from getting underway. Among these concerns has been the potential shadow that the 775-foot tower would cast in the area. State and local officials tentatively agreed to move forward with the project with the understanding that the developers would assist with the upkeep of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Boston Commons and the Public Garden.

Before the project can move forward, the Massachusetts Historical Commission needs to approve the project. While the commission doesn’t have the power to stop the project, it can delay the project to the point that it effectively prevents it from happening. If the project does move forward, it will have 36 floors of condos along with retail, office and public space below.

Plans Move Forward for South Boston Condo Development

Milton-based developer Trinity Green Development has filed plans with the city to develop a 54-unit, six-story building at 20 West Fifth Street in South Boston. Known as the Ceinture, the project will be developed about a half-mile from the five-acre, 656- unit Washington Village development in the Andrew Square/Columbus Park area. The location is also just a short distance away from the Broadway stop of the Red Line. Despite the location near to public transportation, the development will include 41 parking spaces as well as bike parking.

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