New Residential Developments Bring More Housing Options to Brighton

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With three residential projects in the works, the neighborhood of Brighton could soon see more than 1,000 new residential units along a single quarter-mile stretch of Washington Street.

The Avalon Brighton Project

One of the new residential projects has been proposed by Virginia-based AvalonBay Communities. The 250-unit development, which will be situated on a 3.1-acre site at 139-149 Washington Street, will replace the former St. Gabriel’s School and Rectory. The plan calls for the construction of two buildings. The first is a 275,000-square-foot building housing 220 residential units. The building will measure six stories tall. The second building, which would measure four stories tall, would occupy 42,000 square feet of space and house 30 units. In all, the project would include 225 parking spaces, some of which would be located at the surface while others would be located below ground.

AvalonBay Communities filed a letter of intent for the project on July 11th with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. AvalonBay has also been involved in some other recent developments in the area. Among these are the Avalon North Station, which is a 38-story residential tower located adjacent to the North Station in Boston. The company is also responsible for the Avalon at Assembly Row in Somerville.

The Brookline Development Corp. Project

Interestingly, the Avalon Brighton Project abuts another development that is in the works. This project, which is a development site for Brookline Development Corp., is situated at 101-105 Washington Street. The proposed project would include 73 units as well as two new facilities for the Daughters of Israel Mikvah and the Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe. The location is currently home to these two religions institutions, but Brookline’s plans call for razing and replacing them as part of a joint venture with the Congregation Kadimah-Toras Moshe and Daughters of Israel Mikvah. By replacing these religious institutions, all groups involved say them hope to support their long-term stability within the Brighton neighborhood.

In all, the new residential building would span 85,330 square feet. It would also feature 64 underground parking spaces as well as bicycle parking.

The Cabot, Cabot & Forbes Project

Near to these two proposed projects is another that has been proposed by Boston-based Cabot, Cabot & Forbes. This 680-unit residential development will be situated on an 11.8-acre site at 159-201 Washington Street. The $200 million project will provide some much-needed graduate student housing to Brighton. Featuring four residential buildings and spanning 610,000 square feet, the project will also include the rehabilitation of the former St. Gabriel’s Monastery. The monastery will serve as the central leasing office while also offering amenities such as co-working space.

The four buildings included in the development will range in size from three to seven stories. The project will also include 400 off-site parking spaces. The project is meant to help provided housing for the more than 4,100 graduate students who live in private rental housing in Brighton.

All three of these new developments are located near the MBTA Green Line Washington Street stop on the B Line.

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