Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors recently approved five new development projects which will create 305 residential units, 111 of which will be designated income-restricted, and will support 450 construction jobs and 220 permanent jobs.
The site at 69-71 Proctor Street in the Newmarket neighborhood will be transformed from several warehouses and abandoned buildings into a new high school for Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. Roxbury Prep High School has been housed in temporary and split campuses since its opening in 2015. This project will make it possible for the school to serve all of its students in one facility, at a location accessible to its student body by public transportation, and within its core student demographic area. It is slated for LEED Gold certification.
Located in Mission Hill, the project at 775 Huntington Avenue will makeover a parking lot into a 13-story mixed-use, mixed-income residential building that will include ground floor commercial space. It will be a transit-oriented development, and the project will improve the pedestrian experience at the Fenwood and Huntington Avenue intersection by widening the sidewalks, which will also shorten the crosswalk.
Located in Roxbury, 100-114 Hampden Street will become a 3-story cannabis production and cultivation facility. As part of this project, the developer will improve nearby intersections and make streetscape and landscape improvements, including access to bicycle parking and storage. In support of two parks near the project site, the project will contribute $200,000 to the City of Boston Fund for Parks. A new public art mural will also be implemented on the project site in consultation with the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
The project at 30 Leo M. Birmingham Parkway will transform what is now a vacant bank into a new mixed-use development, with 117 new homes in the Brighton community. Twenty of the new units will be income-restricted. The building will offer ground floor retail and commercial space, as well as a common area and shared amenity space for tenants. Thirty percent of the project site will be made up of open space, most of which will be open to the public.
With the relocation of the Massachusetts State Police barracks, the site at 46 Leo M. Birmingham Parkway will be redeveloped into a 6-story, multi-family building, including 38 residential units, seven of which will be income-restricted. The project will widen sidewalks and enhance the pedestrian experience in the area, as well as add street trees and create additional open space. This development will also allow space for public art created by local artists.