BPDA Approves new Developments, Adopts PLAN: Newmarket

Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors recently approved 11 new development projects that will create 876 residential units, and will support approximately 1,079 construction jobs and 125 permanent jobs.

Development Projects

The project at 96-100 Rockwood Street in Jamaica Plain consists of the construction of 13 new separate residential structures and the renovation of the existing stone farmhouse onsite. In total, there will be 36 residential units. The buildings and property will also feature energy conservation and sustainable building technologies.

In support of the continued transformation of the former MBTA bus depot known as Bartlett Yard, Phase 5 of the Bartlett Place Planned Development Area (PDA) in Roxbury includes 24 income-restricted homeownership units within two buildings. At full build out, Bartlett Place contemplates a new internal roadway, commercial and retail space, housing, and a public events plaza.

What is currently vacant land will be converted into housing for the East Boston neighborhood at 1141 Bennington Street. The site is vacant due to a fire which destroyed the New England Casket Company in 2019. The new, mixed-use building will be six stories, and made up of residential and retail space. There will be 220 residential units, 31 of which will be income-restricted.

The project at 165 Park Drive in the Fenway neighborhood will consist of two buildings totaling 117 residential units. Building one will contain 48 income-restricted residential units, and building two will contain 69 market-rate residential units. As part of the mitigation efforts for this project, all trees will be replanted on site. This will also be an all-electric, zero net carbon ready project.

Located in Brighton, the 500 Western Avenue project will build a new 6-story building consisting of 116 multi-family residential apartments, which includes eight artist live/work units. Retail space on the ground floor will be utilized as an urban market. The project will improve the public realm and connectivity of the site with new street trees and sidewalks.

The 1270 Commonwealth Avenue project will convert a vacant one-story building and parking lot into a 6-story building with 206 residential units and retail space on Commonwealth Avenue in Allston. Of those units, 35 will be income-restricted. This will be a transit-oriented development, and improved sidewalks will be added to the site.

What is currently an outdated building will be converted into the new 3-story Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center in Dorchester. This project is the result of an RFP issued by the Mayor’s Office of Housing in 2016 to redevelop the parcels at 8 Old Road, 14 Ellington Street, and 16 Ellington Street. The building will include space for community events.

The Dighton Gardens project will bring a 4-story residential building to Dighton Street in Brighton. The building will include 44 residential units. Seven of the units will be income-restricted. Public realm improvements will be made to the nearby intersections of Dighton Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue, and Dighton Street and Washington Street.

This project at 9 McKay Place in East Boston will provide 41 residential units and just over 1,000sf of retail space to the neighborhood. The 5-story building will include amenities for residents such as a gym and community meeting room. Seven units will be income-restricted homeownership units. This project will also create a pocket park at the corner of McKay and Maverick streets.

The 1702 Hyde Park Ave project will create a 4-story residential building in Hyde Park near the Readville Commuter Rail and Wolcott Square. The area is currently known for auto body shops and warehouses but it is transitioning as more proposals for multifamily residences and ground floor retail come in. This project will have 44 condominium units and ground floor retail space.

Located in Hyde Park, the 1081 River Street project will build a new 4-story building that includes 28 residential units. Six units will be income-restricted. The project will also provide more than 9,000sf of open space. The project contributes to citywide goals to support transit-oriented development.

Additionally, the BPDA board adopted the PLAN: Newmarket planning initiative which lays out a vision and the tools for Newmarket to serve as a key center of industrial activity and employment for Boston residents, and an area primed to attract the industries of tomorrow. Draft zoning implementing the plan was recently released for a final round of public comment and is projected to go to the BPDA board in September.

Overlapping the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, South Boston, and the South End, the Newmarket industrial zone acts as an economic engine for the city of Boston, and PLAN: Newmarket supports the enhancement of that role. The goals of the plan are to maintain traditional industrial jobs, attract new industries, promote job equity and access, and support the growth of the creative economy. By affirming Newmarket as Boston’s industrial center, it will allow the city to unlock the potential of other parts of the city to host transit-oriented housing and mixed-used development.