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BPDA Approves Boston Life Sciences Hub

745 Atlantic Avenue

Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors recently approved three new development projects in Boston.

38 Hichborn Street

The project at 745 Atlantic Avenue will change the use of the existing building in Downtown Boston to allow for lab space, research and development, and offices. The ground floor will also include food and beverage retail space. This change in use is estimated to bring more than 600 new permanent jobs to the area, in addition to approximately 300 construction jobs. The project also includes a life sciences workforce development program, enhanced accessibility and improved sidewalks, and a new Bluebike station. Renovations of this building will make it more energy efficient, and the project aims to reduce overall energy consumption.

804 East 7th Street

Located in Brighton, the 38 Hichborn Street project will build a new 5-story building with 24 residential units, three of which will be income-restricted. The first floor of the building will also include commercial space and a common area for residents. The project aims to be a zero net carbon building. This will be a transit-oriented project with close proximity to different MBTA lines.

A former, now vacant, South Boston nursing home at 804 East 7th Street will be renovated and converted to 21 new homes. All new units will be homeownership units, three of which will be income-restricted. The project will partner with the City of Boston to improve the safety of the East Seventh and Columbia Road intersection, reconstruct sidewalks, and plant new street trees.