Today, the Boston Redevelopment Authority announced $292 million in new developments for 130 housing units, which will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs. These development are also some of the greenest in Boston, with transit oriented development, LEED certified housing, new park space, and pedestrian improvements. The BRA will also commission a citywide energy study that will help us know where and how to place local, clean energy.
Here are the highlights.
Transit oriented development in Mission Hill
Total Project Cost: $138,000,000
Total SF: 305,750
Construction Jobs: 417
Parcel 25 in Mission Hill sits across the street from the MBTA’s Roxbury Crossing Station on currently vacant land that was previously owned by the transportation agency. By putting the development next to a T stop, residents won't have to rely on a car to get around. The project, which has received widespread community support, including that of State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, is expected to be completed in three phases over five years.
Phase One, which involves the construction of two buildings in front of Tremont Street, consists of approximately 88,000 square feet and includes 40 residential apartment units, 10,000 square feet of retail space, 35,000 square feet of office space, and 1,250 square feet of community space. Phase Two will continue the residential development and create approximately 48 apartments in a five-story building. Approximately 161,000 square feet of office space with underground parking will be constructed in the final phase.
Mission Hill Parcel 25, LLC, which is affiliated with Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services, is the developer. Goody Clancy is the project architect.
New LEED Silver mixed-income housing near Hyde Park’s Logan Square
Total Project Cost: $10,100,000
Total SF: 33,388
Construction Jobs: 31
Residences at Fairmount Station are being developed in a partnership between Southwest Boston Community Development Corporation and Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, which have formed Logan Square, LLC. Located adjacent to the MBTA Fairmount Station, the project will create 27 units of housing, with 24 of those being affordable units and the three remaining ones being market rate units. Units range in size from studios to three-bedrooms. The development’s proximity to the commuter rail and numerous bus lines will give residents direct and easy access to downtown Boston.
A 6,000 square foot children’s play space and open green space along with dedicated bike parking are a few of the projects unique features. The building will have a contemporary design with metal and cement panels, and its sustainability features are designed to meet LEED Silver standards.
The Narrow Gate is the architect for the project, which is expected to begin construction in 2017.
Boston University's new Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE) building to include new pocket park
Total Project Cost: $140,000,000
Total SF: 136,200
Construction Jobs: 423
Boston University received approval to take the next step in expanding its Charles River Campus. What is currently a surface parking lot at 610 Commonwealth Avenue just outside of Kenmore Square will be transformed into the cutting edge Center for Integrated Life Sciences and Engineering (CILSE). The nine-story complex will primarily house research facilities for systems neuroscience, synthetic biology, and cognitive neuroimaging. Approximately 160 researchers, postdoctoral students, and staff along with 270 graduate students are expected to work out of the facility once it is completed.
Designed by Payette, CILSE will include a new “pocket park” that will serve as a link to the adjacent Morse Auditorium and as an area for students, faculty, and visitors to gather.
Small housing project in South Boston slated to include pedestrian improvements
Total Project Cost: $4,110,000
Total SF: 22,200
Construction Jobs: 12
RMC Development received approval to construct a three- to four-story 15-unit residential condominium building at 135 Athens Street in the Saint Vincent’s area of South Boston. The building, made up of nine one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units, will include two affordable units on-site.
A larger mixed-use condominium and commercial building located adjacent to the Athens Street project is expected to be developed in the near future. The two developers will work together to make improvements to the public way that will link the buildings and provide easier pedestrian access to Athens Street and West Broadway.
MIT to partner with BRA/EDIC and others to conduct Citywide Energy Study
The BRA/EDIC will lead an effort to map energy usage in the city, a project to be done in concert with the Mayor’s Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Of the five organizations that competed to partner with the city, MIT was chosen for its proven experience and commitment to producing a study that informs urban planning and policy. The Citywide Energy Study will help inform future sustainability initiatives and the development of clean energy solutions.