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Redevelopment of Roslindale Substation OK'd by city's Zoning Board

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 22, 2013 03:45 PM

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The interior of the substation.

A project by Historic Boston Inc. that proposes converting the Roslindale Substation and surrounding property into a restaurant and housing was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday morning.

Plans call for the conversion of the century-old substation, located at 4228 Washington St., into restaurant space with the adjacent F.J. Higgins Funeral Home property being redeveloped to house 43 units of rental housing.

The units, which will be located in a new four-story residential structure, will include 12 studios, 21 one-bedroom units, and 10 two-bedroom units. Six of the units will be set aside for affordable housing and 38 parking spaces for residents will be housed in an at-grade garage underneath the residential structure.

The project, which includes Roslindale Village Main Streets and Peregrine Group as partners along with Historic Boston, has been gaining momentum since the Boston Redevelopment Authority tentatively designated Historic Boston the developer in February 2012.

Although the project is not completely funded, a representative for the development team told Tuesday that they expect the project to break ground in the spring of 2014.

At Tuesday’s hearing a representative from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and District City Councilor Rob Consalvo voiced their support for the project.

“It’s a historic opportunity to develop this anchor parcel,” Consalvo told the board Tuesday.

The project must still go through the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s design review process.

The substation, constructed on Washington Street in 1911, was once was part of the electrical network that powered the trollies that ran throughout Boston. It was designed by the prominent Boston architect Robert S. Peabody.

To read more about the project, via the Boston Globe, click here.

For a pictures of the Roslindale Substation and the ceremony celebrating its designation as a landmark, click here.


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