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Plans filed, community meeting set for Bartlett Yard project in Roxbury

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 6, 2013 03:03 PM

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The location of two buildings Nuestra proposes constructing at Bartlett yard as part of a 13-building project.

Almost three-years after the massive Bartlett Yard property in Roxbury was purchased by the Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, the group will begin the public process to develop the site.

A community meeting has been set for Wednesday, March 13, to discuss Nuestra’s plans for the 8.59-acre former MBTA bus yard at 2565 Washington St.

Closed by the T in 2005, Nuestra, which owns mixed-income and affordable properties throughout Boston, was designated the developer of the site in 2006. Nuestra purchased the property with Windale Development in 2010, according to Nuestra.

The site is home to two buildings, used in the past by the T to maintain its bus fleet. Now the buildings are deteriorating and the yard stores construction equipment and collects rubbish.

There is some soil contamination at the site from past use, but the soil will be cleaned up in the process, documents filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority said.

Nuestra envisions not only changing the physical nature of the site with new roads and structures, but constructing and facilitating a “creative village,” embracing local artists and “green” technologies. It hopes to have some buildings LEED certified, installations by artists-in-residence will be encouraged, and the design will strive to create a pedestrian friendly, walkable site.

Construction is expected to happen in four phases and Wednesday’s meeting will concentrate on the first phase of the project.

Two buildings, with the tallest reaching up to 70 feet, will be constructed in the first phase, according to documents filed with the BRA.

The first building, located along Washington Street and Bartlett Street, will house 42 market-rate units. It will also have approximately 22,000-square-feet of commercial space and approximately 16,000-square-feet of retail space, in a five-story 54-foot tall C-shaped structure. On-site parking includes 61 spaces, with 42 dedicated to the residential units.

The second building, located on Washington Street, includes space for 60 affordable units and approximately 14,000-square-feet of retail space, in a six-story building that reaches up to 70-feet. Space will also be devoted to 33 parking spaces, with 30 set aside for residents.

The first phase also includes the construction of structured parking and a 15,500-square-foot public plaza.

Eventually after all the phase have been completed, 13 buildings, with the tallest reaching 70-feet and the shortest at 48-feet, will be built at the site.

The buildings, overall, will hold 323 units of market-rate and affordable housing, approximately 22,000 square feet of commercial space, approximately 31,000 square feet of retail space, and 15,500 square feet of public space.

The project as a whole is expected to take over 10-years to complete, with the first phase expected to begin in late 2014 and last 30-months. Residents are expected to move in by mid-2016.

The public meeting will be held at the Boston Police District B-2 Station at 2400 Washington St. from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

For more information about the public meeting, click here.

Although developers are eager to get work started at the site, a local group of artists has been working to put it to good use while plans are finalized. To find out more about what Roxbury artists have planned for Bartlett Yard, click here.

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The score of Nuestra's project.

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