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Roslindale Square apartments start going up

Roslindale apartments under construction

Roslindale Square's first major development in years is beginning to take shape on Washington Street, where workers are constructing a building with 43 apartments that will wrap around the old trolley substation - which will itself be rehabbed and turned into a restaurant.

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The ghost of the west end comes to roslindale.

44 units jammed in there.
They're just giving it away.

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Who is losing their home? Nobody, as far as I can tell...

The lesson from the West End is that we shouldn't trust idealistic suburbanites with bulldozers who believe that densely populated urban neighborhoods are always 'blighted' even though the residents don't feel that way.

Wait, let me guess... you think that Charles River Park is an improvement?

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Hard to figure out that comment, but this project marks a return to dense urban development, something once represented by the West End. Maybe the ghost of dead density will reanimate this corner of Roslindale Square?

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woooooosh

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Let's completely conceal this historic and attractive building with particle board, paint and HDTVs. Yes! And then you all can just argue about the stereotypes that might live there or which neighborhoods need this more.

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"Completely conceal"? The only faces that will be obscured by the new building are the two that people rarely, if ever, looked at. The street frontages on both Washington and Cummins will be fully on view - in newly restored beauty.

The overwhelming majority of Rozi folks I've talked to about this project seem to be very optimistic about it adding to the quality of life in the neighborhood.

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This replaces an out-of-business funeral home (no loss there) and the old parking lot (pity that the church can't use that anymore.)

The sub-station will be cool when it's rehabbed, but it'll never be the Trinity Church or anything. It's a handsome old brick building that will have nice new housing nestled in next to it, providing a large pool of people to shop in the square and eat at the new restaurant.

Sounds like win-win to me.

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And I can see why the post office employees might be a bit upset, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why there are people against this thing.

I will also note that Waquiot Jr. is in daycare next door, so you would think I would be griping, but no, it's a good development.

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TRUCK! BACKHOE!!! TRUCK! DIGGING TRUCK DUMP TRUCK!

We're talking a solid year or more of toddler and preschooler entertainment! You won't just see the progress at drop-off, you'll get to hear all about it.

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The equipment comes in via the church/daycare driveway.

Too bad the little one changed classrooms to the annex. His old classmates are 15 feet from the action.

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43 units means at least 60 cars.
Ever tried to go up Washington Street at rush hour?
Now add people coming and going out of that place?
Or finding a space for the farmers market on Saturday?
And a restaurant?
It should have been 25 units tops.
Someone probably got caught drunk driving and signing off on this was their get out of jail free card.

This time next year, see how you feel about this great development.

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... who complains about a lack of moderately priced housing?

Or just the one who complains about traffic while contributing to it?

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The parking supply is not there. There is a 2 hour limit on Cummins Hwy from Adams Park to Florence Street, while there is no parking on that side of Washington Street at all from Harrison Refrigeration to the yogurt place. Add to that the 9 bus lines to Forest Hills, one would barely need the space deeded to them off street, since eventually they will see the extra car is more of a headache than anything else.

Farmer's market and restaurants? How about the Taft Hill Terrace lot, which never fills up. And let's not take walking out of the equation.

Do you really think 60 cars, assuming all drive to Forest Hills every morning and evening, will really break Washington Street traffic? It's a 20 minute walk to Forest Hills, and you look like you could lose a few pounds.

How are things out in Walpole, anyway? When you come back for the parade next year, you should check the development out.

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