Earlier this month, developers Scape Beacon, LLC, filed a Project Notification Form with the Boston Planning & Development Agency outlining their plans to construct 450 residential housing units and 53 institutional patient-family units in partnership with Boston Children's Hospital.
199 parking spaces would be provided below grade and managed/owned by BCH. The project also includes streetscape and landscape improvements that would cultivate neighborhood connectivity; including a 5,000 square-foot public plaza fronting Beacon Street.
The 15-story project would replace a surface parking lot at 819 Beacon Street in Boston's Audubon Circle neighborhood, bordering Boston's Fenway and Kenmore.
“The project offers a unique opportunity to address a local housing challenge — a shortage of workforce and family housing which will soon be exacerbated, led by the wave of approved commercial and lab/life science development,” Scape's application says.
Scape entered the U.S. market in 2018 with plans to build $1B in privately owned student housing. It changed strategy last year after community groups opposed its plans to build student housing in a scaled-up, $1B project. Now, 222K SF of the project will be devoted to multifamily and more than 26K SF will be devoted to housing families of long-term patients at the hospital.
The Proponent has proactively engaged with various neighborhood stakeholders to solicit feedback and has thoughtfully designed the Project to generate sustained benefits–tangible and intangible –for the broader community.