(Image courtesy Boston Redevelopment Authority)
A plan to add more housing to the West Fens has been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
The project will transform the former McDonald’s lot at 1282 Boylston St. into a 190-foot apartment and retail building, adding 322 residences to the neighborhood.
The new units will range from studios to three bedrooms; 36 will be made affordable for residents with moderate incomes.
The original plan for the project developed by the Abbey Group and approved by the city in 2011 called for 100,000 square feet of office space on the fourth through sixth floors.
Those plans were scrapped and allowed for additional housing--likely condominiums--to be added, Abbey Group officials said at a previous public meeting outlining the changes.
The 348,235-square-foot building will also house a community center and retail space on the ground floor, and 295 vehicles in a three-story underground parking garage.
The $150-million project designed by architectural firm Bruner/Cott & Associates is expected to create 600 construction jobs during the 18 month project that is planned to begin in the spring of 2013, according to the city.