A small parking lot next to a large parking garage on Stuart Street could be replaced by a 131-unit residential building, under plans filed with the BPDA this week.
Developers Peter Spellios, Neal Howard and Bryan Lee hope to succeed where two previous - and smaller - proposals, in 2006 and 2008, failed at 212 Stuart St.
Their plans call for retail space on the building's first floor. No parking is included in their plans, but they say they would have a lease for 50 spaces in the neighboring 200 Stuart St. garage.
The developers hope to begin 20 months of construction in the last part of next year.
In their filing, they say they'd be doing the area a solid by replacing a blighted parking lot with something worth having:
Located at the edge of Bay Village and Back Bay, the Project will be a part of the transition between the two neighborhoods, and frame the Church Street pedestrian gateway to the Bay Village neighborhood from the north. The materials and form of the building are proposed to connect to both neighborhoods, while being a unique focal point in the skyline. The ground floor will include retail space to activate the Stuart Street corridor. The plaza located to the west of the site is also proposed to be improved as part of the Project. This improved plaza is envisioned to include new landscaping and hardscapes to provide an aesthetically pleasing gateway into Bay Village. In order to respect the Bay Village neighbors to the south of the site, pedestrian access and the loading bay will only be accessible from Stuart Street. Furthermore, the Project’s housing component and single small scale retail space will blend with the existing uses of the predominantly residential neighborhood. As a true connector to its surroundings, the building will fill the void in the Stuart Street corridor bringing together the streetscape from west to east, and the neighborhoods from north to south.
From the BPDA filing:
The current view:
212 Stuart St. project notification form (73M PDF).