BPDA Board Approves New Projects

BU Data Science Center

Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) board of directors approved development projects in neighborhoods across the city of Boston, which will result in new market-rate and income-restricted residential units, economic development, and jobs.

Overall, the development projects approved this month will create an additional 85 residential units, including 45 income-restricted units, and 1,036 trade jobs, 2,298 direct jobs and 553 indirect and induced jobs.

Located at 665 Commonwealth Avenue, the newly approved Boston University Data Sciences Center creates a hub for the interdisciplinary study of data sciences and will construct an approximately 305,000sf building with a height of 19 stories (305 feet). The project site is currently a surface parking lot.  The building features environmentally friendly carbon-free design and created approximately 1,040 construction jobs.

The project will house computer science and mathematics computing laboratory and workspaces and classrooms, allowing for the consolidation of the departments of computer science and mathematics and statistics and the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science and Engineering in one building at the heart of Boston University’s Charles River campus. 

9 Leyland Street brings 43 rental units of income restricted senior housing to the Roxbury neighborhood. It will add new income and age restricted housing units, additional community space and resident support services, create four new building management and support services jobs, and will be located near public transit, including bus and commuter rail stations.

With BPDA Board approval, 9 Leyland Street will construct a five-story, residential building on a currently vacant lot.  It features 2,400sf of community space on the ground and second floors. 

Located in Dorchester, 141 Westville Street contains 14 income-restricted, non-subsidized, energy-efficient housing rental units designed under the city’s Compact Living Policy Pilot. It is a transit-oriented development in close proximity to basic amenities, Zipcar stations and Bluebike stations.

Currently a vacant lot, 141 Westville Street will build a four-story (36 feet) residential building and will also include approximately 500sf of shared space for residents to use as well as an approximately 250sf outdoor patio. 

Renovations from the Commonwealth Pier Revitalization Project create a multi-use destination at the Seaport World Trade Center in South Boston Waterfront. It brings the addition of 170,445sf of public realm, including open-air public plaza and programmable spaces, and creation of approximately 1,000-1,500 construction jobs. The project will enhance connections to the waterfront by transforming the Seaport World Trade Center, located at 200 Seaport Boulevard, into a vibrant, multi-use environment.

The project will convert a majority of the existing exhibition/event space into various public realm, retail, innovative office and event spaces.

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