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Slew of new residential units, including St. Augustine's project, approved for South Boston

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 15, 2013 12:15 PM

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Top: Rendering of the St. Augustine’s Church project. Bottom: Rendering of the St. Augustine’s School project.

Two separate projects in South Boston promising 89 new residential units were approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s Board Thursday evening.

A proposal by developer Bruce Daniel and his partners to convert the St. Augustine’s Church at 225 Dorchester St. into residential units and demolish the St. Augustine’s School at 205 E St. was approved by the board.

Both the church, which was constructed in 1874, and the school have sat vacant for a number of years since they were closed by the Archdiocese of Boston because of mounting financial pressures.

The church, which sits on an approximately 23,400-square-foot lot, and the school, located on an approximately 25,600-square-foot lot, were purchased by the developers for an estimated $2.4 million, according to Daniel.

The $12.5-million proposal for the church calls for converting the structure into a residential building for 29 condominium units and 27 underground parking spaces. Four of the units will be affordable. Although the church will be preserved, dormers will be added to the structure to allow for more residential space.

The $12-million proposal for the school calls for demolishing the existing structure and building a new three-story building to house 30 condominium units and 63 parking spaces, according to documents filed with the BRA. Four of the units will be affordable.

The project has been in the works since the beginning of 2013, when Daniel first proposed demolishing both structures.

The proposals must also appear before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals for a number of zoning variances. The hearings for both proposals have been set for November 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Both projects are expected to break ground in 2014 and be completed by 2015, according to the BRA.

A separate $8-million project at 11 Dorchester St. was also approved by the board Thursday.

The project, proposed by Allure Boston, LLC, calls for the demolition of the existing commercial structure on the site and the construction of a five-story building for 30 condominium units and approximately 2,230-square-feet of ground floor retail space, according to the Project Notification Form filed with the BRA.

The units will be divided between three studios, 17 one-bedroom units, and 10 two-bedroom units. Fifty-four parking spaces are included in the project and they will be housed in an at-grade and below-grade garage.

The project is expected to break ground in early-2014 and construction is expected to be completed by mid-2015, according to the BRA.

The approximately 12,800-square-foot property is currently occupied by New England Auto Body.

A copy of the 11 Dorchester St. Project Notification Form can be found here.


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A rendering of the proposed building.

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