A developer has filed plans with the BPDA for 74 apartments and 9 condos on North Beacon Street, between Sinclair Road and Everett Street that it says will include public-art installations aimed at "celebrating the local artisan culture and history of Allston."
The Mount Vernon Co. wants to raze a former rooming house, two four-unit buildings and a small car dealership and replace them with a five-story building with 74 apartments at North Beacon and Everett and a four-story building with the condos on Sinclair Road.
The proposal is the latest in a corridor along Guest Street that has seen numerous new development proposals since construction began on the giant New Balance complex - such as Stop & Shop's 1,050-unit proposal on Everett Street.
Mount Vernon's site is kitty-corner from a site where another developer is planning an apartment/condo building topped with a vegetable garden.
In its filing, Mount Vernon writes:
The Project is designed and scaled to enhance the surrounding neighborhood by complementing the variety of contextual scales that exist, stepping down from an urban scale along North Beacon Street to a smaller residential scale including the Condo Building on Harvester Street.
The Project will create a new plaza along North Beacon Street featuring an artful landscape design inclusive of plantings and street furniture.
The Project will enliven the public realm with generous sidewalks and an active ground floor featuring a first of its kind flexible gallery/amenity space in Allston. The space will host periodic art receptions that will be open to the community.
The Project will create opportunities to display art around the perimeter of the Project Site, celebrating the local artisan culture and history of Allston. Installations are designed to showcase art at no cost to the artist.
The "flexible gallery/amenity space" would be on the ground floor of the apartment building.
Mount Vernon is proposing a total of 42 parking spaces for the two buildings; it cites the site's location a half mile from New Balance's Boston Landing commuter-rail station and from Green Line stops on Comm. Ave., as well as service by several bus routes.
Mount Vernon hopes to start construction late in 2019, with completion scheduled for summer of 2020.