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$60 million Morrissey Boulevard residental project closer to breaking ground

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 26, 2013 03:33 PM

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A rendering of the two buildings slated to fill the vacant lot by the JFK/UMass Station.

A $60 million residential project that will fill in a vacant trash strewn lot in Dorchester is one step closer to having shovels in the dirt.

The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals appoved a plan Tuesday to build 278 rental units to Morrissey Boulevard, adjacent to the JFK/UMass T Station and Shaw’s Supermarket.

The developers are Boston-based Synergy Investments.

The complex will be divided up into two buildings with the East building, which will abut Morrissey, housing 174 units and the West building, which will abut I-93, housing 104 units.

Both structures would be five stories and include parking for a total of 143 cars.

About 50 percent of the units will be studios, which will average around 450 square feet. Thirty-five percent of the total units will be one bedrooms, and the rest will be made up of two-bedroom units with four three-bedroom units mixed in.

In January the Boston Globe estimated that rents for market-rate units could be between $1,500 and $2,400 a month.

At Tuesday’s hearing and in past community meetings, representatives for the developer said there is a need for this type of housing.

“We are trying to focus on a specific segment,” said Nancy Ludwig, the project’s architect. “We think there is a need for this type of transit-oriented development.”

At Tuesday’s hearing, no opposition was aired. Representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the office of City Councilor Frank Baker, the offices’ of at-large City Councilors Felix Arroyo, Ayanna Pressley, and Stephen Murphy, and the office of Representative Marty Walsh voiced support for the project.

After the hearing, Jared Eigerman, an attorney for the developer, said work is slated to start in the summer and is expected to last abotu 18 months.

Although this is a significant project for the area, it is just one of a number of projecst happening along Morrissey Boulevard, including the redevelopment of the Channel 56 property and construction at UMass Boston.

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