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BPDA Approves Three Development Projects, Over 250 Residential Units in Allston, Hyde Park & Roxbury

BPDA Approves Three Development Projects, Over 250 Residential Units in Allston, Hyde Park & Roxbury

This week, the Board of Directors of the Boston Planning & Development Agency approved three new development projects that will generate a total of 257 residential units and 89 jobs upon their completion. 


37-43 North Beacon Street project in Allston to generate artist live spaces, provide amenities to promote alternative modes of transportation 

Live: 72 new apartments, nine condominiums, nine artist live spaces
Connect: Ground-floor programming and art to enhance the pedestrian experience, shuttle service, contribution towards the Allston/Brighton Mobility Study
Size: 94,047

Located at the edge of Allston's Union Square, 37-43 North Beacon Street will deliver a five-story building containing 72 apartments for rent, as well as a separate four-story building made up of nine for-sale condominiums. Apartments will comprise 12 two-bedroom units, 46 one-bedroom units and 14 studios. The rental building will occupy four floors of mixed income housing above an at-grade lobby with flexible art gallery/amenity space.

The condo building will consist of 2 three-bedroom units, 2 two-bedroom units, 4 one-bedroom units and one studio unit, with garage parking accessible from Sinclair Road.

37-43 North Beacon's amenities will encourage the use of alternative methods of transportation, including a covered and secure bicycle storage for each unit; a transit screen in the lobby with local transit options; and an onsite ride sharing service.

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30 Thorn St to bring 45 residential units to Hyde Park's East River Street neighborhood 

Live: 45 new residential units, six Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) units, development of vacant lot

Work: 35 jobs created
Connect: 21 parking spaces, covered bike storage, adjacent to major bus routes
Size: 45,700 square-feet

Located in the East River Street neighborhood of Hyde Park, the 30 Thorn Street project includes the construction of a new six-story building with 45 residential rental units and 21 off-street parking spaces located in the building's parking garage.

The anticipated unit mix comprises 15 studio units, 15 one-bedroom units, 10 two-bedroom units and 5 three-bedroom units.

The project further includes ground-floor common space, lobby, trash room and related improvements in landscaping, site design, pedestrian and vehicular access. Secure and covered bicycle storage will be provided adjacent to he parking space while several visitor bicycle racks will be located near the sidewalk at the building's entry.

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Roxbury's Haynes House slated for revitalization

Live: 131 renovated housing units, 121 units preserved as affordable, no current residents will be displaces

Work: 250 construction jobs
Connect: Full access to the 15 ongoing community health, wellness, and education programs; full accessibility and community amenities
Size: 134,612 square-feet

The seven-story Haynes House was originally constructed in 1974. It housed 131 family rental apartments comprised of 105 two-bedrooms and 26 one-bedrooms.

The revitalization effort will take approximately 16 months. Existing residents will maintain occupancy during the construction period, with work divided into 10 phases to accommodate the occupied status. While the building's footprint and unit make-up will not be modified, the exterior of the building will require a façade material replacement.

The project will comprise replacement of the building's exterior masonry façade, 100% window replacement, new storefront building entires, life safety system upgrades, energy enhancements, accessibility improvements, and selective unit and common area upgrades.

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