Redevelopment Projects Bring More Residential Space to Boston

Ed Greable Blogger April 6, 2018

Several redevelopments are underway throughout Boston. From parking garages to churches, unused spaces are being transformed to livable space to help meet demand for housing in Boston. Here is a look at just a few of the redevelopment projects that are in the works.

Brighton Development to Replace Hotel Boston

A group of developers is moving to transform the three-building Hotel Boston into two residential buildings boasting 114 condos and 64 apartments. Located at 1760 Commonwealth Avenue, the 163,000-square-foot development would consist of one seven-story building and one five-story building connected by a one-story underground podium. Along with the transformation, the development will also gain a new official address of 40 Mount Hood Road.

Designed by Stantec, the development would include condos and apartments ranging in size from studio to three-bedroom floor plans. Nine of the condos will be two-story townhouse-style homes fronting Egremont Road, while the complex itself will boast 142 parking spaces in the underground podium. Construction is expected to begin soon and will be completed in the spring of 2019.

East Boston Church to Become Two-Building Apartment Complex

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel church site in East Boston may soon become a 115-unit, two-building residential complex. Located at Gove and Frankfort streets, the 99-year-old church has been shuttered since 2004.

The site itself has four parcels. These include the church, a convent, a rectory and a parking lot. According to the plans filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, the rectory and the convent would be demolished. The church, however, would be worked into the design and used to house 13 of the development’s units. The building replacing the rectory would contain 15 units and be connected to the church, while a second new building replacing the convent would boast 87 units. Underground parking would be included off of Frankfort, while street-level spots would be located on Gove.

The developer of this redevelopment project is an LLC backed by two investors who purchased the site in 2015 for a little more than $3 million. Plans are still in their preliminary stages, so no date is set for beginning construction.

New Design Plans Released for Dock Square Garage Redevelopment

Plans for the redevelopment of the Dock Square Garage at 20 Clinton Street in downtown Boston continue to evolve. According to the plans recently filed with the city, the redevelopment will include a glass façade along with a stair-like roofline with terraces that will lead down to the neighboring Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Ten new floors offering 133 feet tall will be added to the garage, which will be reclad in terracotta louvers and perforated metal panels.

Designs for the site, which is owned by Fortis Property Group, have been developed by architecture firm Stantec. Once complete, the redevelopment will measure 17 stories tall with 195 condos. Eighth-floor amenities will include a pool, while public parking spaces in the garage will be reduced from 714 to 698. The space that the Hard Rock currently occupies within the space will also be cut nearly in half. Plans for the redevelopment still require city approval.

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