Six-story residential building with restaurant would replace triple decker and storage on Burney Street on Mission Hill

9 Burney St. rendering

Architect's rendering (new building on left).

A developer that has already put up three new buildings along Tremont Street on Mission Hill has filed plans with the BPDA for a fourth - a 31-unit residential building at 9 Burney St., just off Tremont.

New Urban Partners says its proposed building would also include ground-floor restaurant space and a parklet or "laneway" open to the public. The company says it is talking to local artists about possibly using the space for public displays.

Four of the units would be designated affordable.

The building would have just six parking spaces - due to its location near the Roxbury Crossing and Brigham Circle T stops.

In addition to five floors visible from the street, the building would have a recessed sixth-floor penthouse.

In its application, New Urban Partners explains the design:

Historically, Tremont Street has been an architectural line of demarcation between Boston's brick masonry buildings and its wood framed "streetcar" neighborhoods. Brick tends to be the material of the buildings along Tremont Street while the wood-framed buildings tend to populate the ladder streets which branch off from Tremont Street. In response to our specific local condition, we are proposing a two-part design with the brick on the facades that are most visible to Burney Street and the Laneway sides of the building and a lighter panelized facade system on the sides of the building which are most proximate to the nearby wood-clad buildings. The decision to use brick is specifically intended to elevate the overall material quality of the facades while signifying the retail uses on our ground floor and to continue the tradition of brick that is found throughout the structures on Delle Avenue just to the south of the site. The detailing on these facades will pick up on the nuances, depth, and shadow play of the historic buildings nearby. At the ground level retail and lobby, the building will have a more transparent base appropriate for those more public uses. Above the base on Burney Street and over the Laneway we are proposing Juliet balconies which will serve to activate the outdoor spaces around the building and encourage more life on the street.

9 Burney St. small-project review application (24M PDF).

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YIMBY

Build build build! More housing capacity can only be good for the city.

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Who's housing?

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I guess you haven't seen the rents for the other 3 buildings he's built. Housing for who?

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Well, per the article

This would include four affordable units which is at worst one more than what the triple decker being replaced.

That neighborhood has a very large block of affordable housing just to the north of this location.

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Housing for people who can

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Housing for people who can afford it, that's who. Affordable housing doesn't mean subsidized housing.

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No, that's not what it means

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The owner has to rent the apartments (or sell the condos) at reduced prices that somebody making no more than X percent of the area median income (70 or 80%, I think) could afford. Whether that is enough is another question, but, yes, the units cost the renter/buyer less. There's typically a lottery for them.

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It's almost likeo

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Building more supply decreases price. But that economics just doesn't work in the housing market, right?

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Unfortunately...

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It doesn't typically work in THIS housing market due to an insatiable demand that can never be sated.

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4 affordable units?

I mean again, this is one more affordable unit that already exists there, isn't it?

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So your solution is to stop

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So your solution is to stop eating and let the insatiable hunger continue to get worse?

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citations needed

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One was provided for you. Please return the favor by documenting this "insatiable demand" that you speak of.

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Show Me

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The 1 bedroom unit you can buy in the city for $100K [what they should be going for if the housing prices rose from 1998 - present consistent with inflation] with no income restrictions?

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housing

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It’s giving renters — at least at the high end of the market — a bit of a break.

Let me guess, we just need to wait for the housing to "trickle down," right?

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So true!

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So true!

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ugh

Yea housing, but does it have to be yet another boring cube?

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Build your own grand vision

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Market rate or affordable - design your own building, develop it, etc.

Canyonero Estates?

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I hate most of the new stuff but..

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.. I kind of like this one! At least from that pic, it seems to fit in and doesn't scream "thrown up in a hurry and without much thought, c. mid-2010s".

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uhm..

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slight edit: "throw up in a hurry" and yes, it's screaming it. #crapitechture

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Maybe

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Compared to most of the prefab facade infill, at least this looks like it has nice brick work from the renders I have seen. That said - it will all depend on how it turns out. If its real brick it will be a step above most of the crap going up.

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At least it's not just a cube

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At least it's not just a cube covered in cheap paneling. the brick looks nice.

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This actually looks like a

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This actually looks like a nice new building that's both modern and classic enough to fit in with the existing brick structures. Boston needs thousands of new buildings like this!

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Only 4 "affordable" units?

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Only 4 "affordable" units? Also, anyone lucky enough to move into these are usually harrased to no end by the building owners to keep the number of "undesirables" out, so they have to move regardless.

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Build it!

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I used to live about 100 yards from there. That's the ideal place for this kind of project and they've done a good job making sure it will fit in to the neighborhood. That neighborhood is amazingly walkable and one has great transit. Hope the developers get through the review process with a minimum of NIMBY complaints.

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4 out of 31? 6 parking spots?

Sorry bout the double posts.
The design is ugly. The number of "affordable" units is unacceptably low. The parking designation is ridiculous. A little more realistic please.

- Lived on Delle Av since 1979.

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