Boarded-up Maverick Square funeral home could be replaced by a new retail building

Architect's rendering: 9 Chelsea St. in East Boston

Architect's rendering.

A developer has proposed tearing down the old Rapino Memorial Home and two adjoining, and equally vacant, buildings on Chelsea Street at Maverick Street to make way for a two-story retail building.

In a filing with the BPDA, Linear Retail Properties of Burlington says the new building would help ease the growing demand for retail as the number of housing units around Maverick Square explodes.

The building, which would have nearly 26,000 square feet of space, would get six parking spaces. The company will have to get a variance from the zoning board, because the commercial zoning for that lot would normally require 52 parking spaces for a building that size. The developer notes the building is within a short walk of the Maverick Square T stop as well as hundreds of housing units.

9 Chelsea St. small-project review application (14.4M PDF).




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Trader Joe's

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For some timet he talk around East Boston has been that a Trader Joe's would be going there. I wonder if that is still in the works?

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Only 2 stories?

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For an urban square adjacent to transit, this should be 3-4 stories. Especially with all the housing demand in Maverick right now.

Other than that this is great, lived almost next door to the empty funeral home parking lot for years. That is being developed, it was only a matter of time before these properties were.

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Might Be A Weight Limit

Just a guess but there may be concerns regarding weight on the tunnel. I think the tunnel runs under some buildings there.

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there was quite a bit of community input. We didn't want a higher building there. The original design looked like a really bad rendering of a Rubik's Cube. It was butt-ugly. The community wanted the height to be inline with the rest of the residential buildings. This design is a huuuge improvement over the original proposal.

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The tiny parking lot would be perfect for a Trader Joe's.

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Nope. Too many parking spots

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Nope. Too many parking spots, even for Trader Joe's small parking lots. We won't stand for it.

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I like the architecture, I like the size of the shops, but please add another two or four stories of housing!

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