(Image courtesy Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation)
The Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation's $18.2-million Dudley Crossing project was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday morning.
The mixed-use project, which proposes 42 residential units for the corner of Dudley Street and Hampden Street, was before the board Tuesday for a number of zoning variances including excessive building height and insufficient off-street parking.
The project proposes rehabbing two existing buildings at 375-385 Dudley St. and 200-210 Hampden St. and the construction of two new buildings with one at 387 Dudley St. and the other at 200 Hampden St.
The tallest of the buildings will be five stories.
Of the 42 units, six will be one bedroom apartments, 16 will be two-bedrooms, 15 will be three-bedrooms, and five will be four-bedrooms. All will be affordable housing and 10 off-street parking places are include in the project.
In addition to the residential units, the project includes an estimated 3,300-square-feet of ground floor commercial space.
The project, which has had several community meetings, was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority Board in August.
Although a construction timeline has not been set, representatives from Nuestra said construction is anticipated to begin by early-2015 and last upwards of 18 months.
At Tuesday’s hearing, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services in addition to the office of district City Councilor Tito Jackson and the office of at-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy voiced support for the project, but all asked that Nuestra continue conversations with the community on traffic and parking. A number of area residents also voiced support for the project.
A representative from the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association, however, raised concerns about the impact the project could have on traffic and density in the neighborhood.
The project must still go through a Boston Redevelopment Authority design review and a Boston Transportation Department review.