The hill heading up Comm. Ave. from Warren Street could be transformed in coming years under plans by developers to add a new apartment building aimed at veterans and to turn an office building into a home for young single professionals.
Officials from the Brighton Marine Health Center showed off plans for a 101-unit project at the start of the hill, at Warren Street at a meeting of the Brighton Allston Improvement Associations last night.
The proposed project would house 81 "affordable" apartments and 20 rented at market rates, all with veterans given a preference.
The health center is partnering with Winn Development - a company that specializes in building affordable housing, not the casino people - to build the complex. Winn would then manage the apartments, along with classrooms and a community center on the first floor of the main building. A small building that served as officers' quarters when the health center was a federal facility would be remodeled as well.
Apartments will be split between one- and two-bedroom units.
The complex would sit next to the Lancaster, a 55-unit condo project now under construction.
On the other side of the Lancaster, developer Alex Matov wants to convert the office building at 1505 Comm. Ave. into 62 studios and 23 two-bedroom units - with a completely new exterior facade.
Proposed re-do of 1505 Comm. Ave.
Matov and a partner bought the building a month ago from a company that also wanted to convert the building into housing - but by doubling the footprint of the building, which ran into strong opposition from the neighborhood association.
Matov told the BAIA that under his plan, the footprint of the building would remain the same. He would add a roof over an existing attached parking deck and fill that with apartments.
In an argument with a resident who accused him of only adding to the "renters' hellhole" in that part of Brighton, Matov said he had two main constraints: One was the opposition of residents to expanding the footprint of the building. The other, he said, is the natural life cycle of the area: Young professionals need a place to live, but don't want to stick around when they get older and have families.
He added anybody could check with D-14 to see that his buildings have an excellent record for keeping out the sort of troublemakers the resident was concerned would further swarm into Brighton.
Another resident praised Matov for adapting the building rather than tearing it down: That's very green thinking, the resident said.
The studios in the building would range between 460 and 600 square feet. Roughly 15% would be designated as "affordable."