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BPDA Approves 870 Residential Units at July Meeting

BPDA Approves 870 Residential Units at July Meeting


This week, The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved four development projects and one Notice of Project Change during their July meeting. The multitude of projects will comprise a total of 870 residential units and create 379 jobs upon their completion. 

The announcement presents an indicator that the BPDA is continuing to make strong progress towards their housing goals. Since the start of 2018, the BPDA has approved 2,908 new housing units.

Proposed development projects:



Ollie at Ink Block

Ollie, located at 217 Albany Street, is soon to be the latest and greatest addition to the South End's Ink Block Residences. The project will be Boston's first major co-living project, delivering 250 micro-units and shared suites.

A 'micro-unit" has been characterized as new construction homes that are relatively smaller in size and often offer more affordable options. These new 250 micro-units at Ink Block will further comprise 33 income-restricted affordable units.

Micro-units are a new residential typology, reflecting the evolving desires of a new generation of residents who desire a sustainable lifestyle with small personal living areas and access to common amenity spaces and the vibrant urban neighborhoods around them.

The residential units at Ollie will be "Move-In Ready" with multifunctional furniture, as well as premium Wi-Fi and television connections. The building will house a live-in community manager to organize regular social events for residents in the building.

As a Transit-Oriented Development project, there will be no on-site parking provided as future residents will have access to ample MBTA train and bus services and other transportation alternatives within proximity of the Project Site.

Ollie will include uniquely-designed apartments with efficient layouts of approximately 500 square-feet. The units will make use of the reduced square-footage compared to conventional storage apartments through hotel-style amenities that include:

  • Common kitchen and lounge
  • Co-working and meeting space
  • Fitness facilities
  • Shared rooftop space
  • Housekeeping services

The building will contain up to 250 units consisting primarily of micro-unit studios, but will also include a mix of two-, three-, and four-bedroom units. Each unit has its own private kitchen, bathroom and living areas.

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200-204 Old Colony Avenue

Recently approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency, 200-204 Old Colony Avenue is a mixed-use, multi-family residential development and a replacement facility for the Notre Dame Education Center in South Boston. The project is expected to include approximately 68,713 gross square-feet of zoning-defined floor area excluding the one-floor, below-grade garage.

The program includes up to 54 residential apartments units on floors 2-6, replacement of the existing on-site school uses in approximately 9,380 square-feet on the first floor, and approximately 39 below-level garage parking spaces accessed from Frederick Street by an auto-lifter.

The proposed site includes 0.29 acres of land occupied by an existing building used by Notre Dame Education Center and a second building occupied by a single-family residence at 11 Frederick Street.

Its convenient location is accessible to a number of MBTA buses, as well as the Andrew Square MBTA Red line station. The context of the immediate area is well-suite to the proposed scale and scope of the project, including several buildings of four to six stories in height.

54 multi-family residential units in a six-story building will be constructed. The residential units currently planned include 4 three-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom plus, 12 two-bedroom, 15 one-bedroom plus, 11 one-bedroom and 5 studio units.

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Shawmut Avenue/Washington Street Block

The newly-approved development at 112 Shawmut Avenue calls for a seven-story addition to an existing six-story building, which will be preserved, renovated and incorporated into a brand-new residential development. Upon completion, the building will add 139 brand-new homes, 128 parking spaces and a 975-foot ground-floor cafe, at the intersection of Shawmut Avenue and Herald Street.

The property is located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue. The existing building is a six-story concrete frame/brick façade warehouse building which most recently was used as offices and ground-floor day care space. The property contains an approximately 440 vehicle surface parking lot, accessed from Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue.

Improvements will consist of a building containing a maximum of thirteen stories and a maximum of 192,600 square-feet of gross floor area consisting of approximately 139 residential units, associated residential amenity spaces and a three-level enclosed garage containing a maximum of 110 parking spaces, as well as related site and landscape improvements. Amenities will include a common rooftop deck and 9th floor terrace, while 7th floor residences will house private balconies and rooftop terraces.

Two other buildings will be a part of the "Shawmut Avenue/Washington Street Block" project. 120 Shawmut Avenue will construct a 12-story structure to house two religious sanctuaries with combined seating for 1,130 people, a gymnasium, fitness rooms, offices, classrooms and meeting spaces for religious education, recreational and social services uses, a small ground floor commercial space, and 84 residential units on the upper floors of the building.

The third building, 50 Herald Street, is currently owned by the CCBA. The building will be nine stories and set back at the corner of Herald and Washington Streets, rising to 14 stories further south along Washington Street. The building will contain 313 residential units with ground floor retail, commercial, cultural, and/or community space along Washington Street. In addition, there will be an underground garage with 120 parking spaces.

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Orient Heights Redevelopment Project

Phase One of the Orient Heights Redevelopment Project reached completion in Spring 2018. Phase Two consists of the demolition of four structures on the northwestern edge of the project site and the construction of 88 residential units with a combination of townhouse and mid-rise buildings, community space in the mid-rise building, 76 vehicle parking spaces, and open space and public realm improvements.

The newly-released Notice of Project Change includes the following proposed changes to the project:

  • A decrease of our residential units to be constructed as part of the Phase Two project, bringing the total from 92 to 88 units.
  • The elimination of two parking spaces, bringing the total from 78 to 76 spaces.
  • The elimination of 42 non-public residential units from the project, bringing the total number of residential units from 373 to 331 units.
  • The eliniation of 49 parking spaces from the project, bringing the total number from 306 to 265 on-street and off-street parking spaces.
  • The elimination of approximately 57 bicycle spaces from the project, bringing the total number from 388 to 331 bicycle parking spaces.
  • An increase of approximately 73,290 square-feet of open space from the project, bringing the total from 87,985 square-feet to 161,275 square-feet of open space.
  • The elimination of a roadway connection from Waldemar Avenue to Vallar Road.
  • The existing community center within the project site will be renovated instead of newly constructed, 1,000 square-feet of community gathering space will be provided in Phase Two, and 5,200 square-feet of community gathering space will be provided in Phase Three.

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