This week, Brookline-based developers City Realty filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Planning and Development Agency to construct a 262-unit, 16-story residential tower in Allston. The proposed project would provide a link to the envisioned West Station nearby Boston University.
Jeffrey R. Drago, an attorney representing the development and management company, wrote that the site could serve as the area’s “gateway” to the long-awaited multimodal station the state is eyeing to build in the footprint of the bordering former rail yard.
“The proposed project will completely revitalize this former industrial lot and will serve to invigorate this section of Allston while creating much needed residential rental opportunities, as well as unlocking the full public transit potential of the state’s plan to build West Station abutting this site,” Drago wrote.
Drago wrote that City Realty has had extensive talks with the I-90 Interchange Task Force, as well as a host of city and state agencies, about the potential station access the residential project would provide, which would include bus lanes and pedestrian and bike paths.
Building West Station
West Station was initially proposed as part of a project to straighten the Massachusetts Turnpike through the former Beacon Park Yard in Allston (pictured above).
Initially to serve solely as a conventional commuter rail station, West Station is designed to eventually serve high-frequency diesel multiple-unit service on the inner Worcester Line and on the Grand Junction Railroad.
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The proposed project will reserve 14,000 square-feet of land as an access point for the West Station. City Realty purchased the lot in 2018 and has been working through different designs since then.
The plan currently calls for a 238,600-square-foot tower with “a large lobby, amply bike storage, and outdoor balconies,” along with 63 parking spaces, the letter of intent says.
The developer envisions a mix of studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units, with 34 affordable homes among them.
The building will also be designed for the needs of the modern urban resident, with ample, efficient amenity space, such as remote work facilities, a fitness center, outdoor common areas, and full pet facilities, including day care, boarding, and grooming.
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