Last week, the Boston Planning and Development Agency met for their first monthly meeting of 2017 and approved a pair of developments that will not only bring hundreds of new residential units to the area but also look to improve transit conditions in their respective communities.
The first of these projects, The Residences at Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, will include 250 new residential units and approximately 4,070 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space. The project will be located across the street from the Forest Hills MBTA station on three unoccupied parcels of land, totaling 91,730 square feet, as you can see below.
Jamaica Plain has a reputation for being one of the city's most bicycle-friendly neighborhoods—something that the plans for the Residences at Forest Hills have certainly taken into account. The building will cater to bike enthusiasts by including indoor bike storage, short-term outdoor bike racks, complimentary bikes for tenants, and 38,000 square feet of open space. For those who prefer to get around on four wheels, there will be electric vehicle charging stations and 146 parking spaces, with some of those reserved for Zipcars.
The project will further contribute to the well-being of the community by improving pedestrian pathways and creating easier access to Southwest Corridor Park, a popular route for bicycle commuters. Additionally, the project will add more than 200 construction jobs, as well as permanent retail and property management jobs.
BLDG 89, the second of these newly approved developments will be located at 89 Brighton Avenue in Allston. The development calls for 129 residential units, 7,500 square feet of new retail space, 79 parking spaces, storage for 138 bicycles and an on-site bicycle repair station. Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, the forward-thinking architects of the project, have also taken great care and collaborated with local residents, business owners and city officials to ensure the development will provide solutions to the concerns of the community.
Site of BLDG 89
Included in the plans for 89 Brighton Avenue are improvements to the overall pedestrian, bike and vehicular safety of the intersection at Brighton Ave and Linden Street by removing approximately 60 feet of curb along Linden and increasing the width of the sidewalk on Brighton Ave. The project will also provide active retail space for smaller retailers and add planters, street trees and bicycle parking along Brighton Avenue.
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