Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors recently approved five new development projects.
Located in the South Boston Waterfront, 88 Black Falcon Avenue is a 4-story addition to an existing 3-story structure owned by the Mass. Port Authority in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park. Public benefits to the neighborhood include ground improvements that will enhance cruise ship operations, the reconstruction of the intersection at Drydock Avenue to improve pedestrian safety, and improvements to the Harborwalk.
The 149 – 157 Newbury Street project will develop the last undeveloped parcel on Newbury Street, creating new office and retail space. The new building will replace what is currently a surface parking lot. This project will create a 5-story building containing 17,500sf of retail space and 26,000sf of office space.
The 35-43 Braintree project will create a 7-story building with 149 residential housing units, including four artist live/work spaces, and 25 income-restricted units. Community benefits will include a space in the building for artists to display their work, and the creation of a Bluebikes station. The project is centered around sustainability and lessening the carbon footprint by creating a storage and repair space for bikes, charging stations for electric vehicles, solar panels on the roof, and using electricity for heat and air conditioning.
Located in Allston, 120 Braintree Street is a new 5-story building with 32 residential units, five of which will be income-restricted. The ground floor provides 437sf of space for commercial use. The building will also have bike parking and storage, a garden and patio on the ground floor, and a roof garden.
The 7-11 Curtis Street project in East Boston will construct two, 4-story residential buildings that will include a total of 29 residential units and 17 off-street vehicle parking spaces. Four residential units will be income restricted. The current commercial building will be demolished. The project will also contain a bike room to encourage less vehicular travel.