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City moves forward with plan to develop Mount Bowdoin Terrace parcels

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 5, 2014 05:34 PM

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The Department of Neighborhood Development is moving forward with its efforts to develop middle-income housing in Dorchester’s Four Corners neighborhood.

DND officials were in the community Tuesday night, to introduce the developer tentatively designated by the city to construct housing on three parcels located on Rosseter Street and Mount Bowdoin Terrace.

The parcels, which are currently owned by the city, were put up for sale as part of DND’s Middle Income Housing Initiative. The city-wide program seeks to increase housing for Boston’s middle-class, put vacant properties to use, and provide business for small developers and builders. The parcels are expected to be sold to the developer at a reduced cost.

“One of our key goals with the initiative is to build housing and bring small contractors into the business,” explained Bob Jones, a representative from DND.

Because the lots, which combined total approximately 20,100 square-feet, are publicly owned, a Request for Proposal was issued for the property. The RFP, which is publicly advertised, is DND’s standard process for selling property. Two applications were received for the parcels.

In addition to the RFP issued for the Rosseter Street/Mount Bowdoin Terrace parcels, a separate RFP was issued for parcels on Mount Bowdoin Terrace and Mallon Road. Only one application was received for those parcels and it was rejected by DND because it didn’t meet the criteria laid out in the RFP, according to Jones.

Both RFPs were issued May 22, 2013.

DND will, however, be moving forward with the project proposed for Rosseter Street/Mount Bowdoin Terrace.

Adnan Salam, a Dorchester resident, has been tentatively designated the developer of the parcels. In addition to having a plan that conforms to the guidelines set in the RFP, Salam also owns a parcel that divides the DND property, allowing him to build a more complete project.

Salam proposed building four duplexes on the four parcels, three of which are currently owned by DND. The units would be three-bedroom residences, with an off-street parking space included with each unit. Each building, which would be two-stories, would include a back yard, side yard, and small front yard. The units are proposed to be approximately 1,500 square-feet and are estimated to run between $250,000 to $300,000, according to Salam.

Although Salam’s estimated $1.2-million project must still be approved by the community and DND, shovels could be in the ground by early-Summer, with construction expected to last six to eight months.

At Tuesday’s community meeting, the project was warmly received, with residents providing a number of suggestions including expanding green space and ensuring the construction jobs go to local residents.

“I know a lot of us are very concerned about the type of materials that will be used,” said Irish DuPont, an area resident. “Some of the new buildings look good, but after a few years they really don’t.”

A number of others echoed DuPont’s concerns, calling for developers to work harder to reflect the historic architecture in the neighborhood.

While Tuesday’s meeting was a major step forward for the project, it will not be the last meeting about the proposal. Salam and his team are expected to take the conceptual designs shown Tuesday and create a more concrete design, which will be shared with residents.


(Image courtesy DND.)

The location of the three parcels.


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