A Cambridge company this week filed formal plans for a 167-unit apartment complex at the old Goddard House at 201 South Huntington Ave.
Eden Properties LLC says it will convert the one-time Home for Aged Women into 110 apartments and add two more modern buildings for 57 more apartments.
The proposal calls for spaces for 170 bicycles but just 83 cars - and adds that tenants who want a car space will have to pay "market rates" for it. In its filing with the BRA, the developer explains that South Huntington has a fair amount of on-street parking, the site is an easy walk to either the D or E branches of the Green Line, is served by several bus lines and apartments will likely be rented by people who would rather rent a ZipCar than own their own vehicle.
It is anticipated that vehicle ownership by Project residents will be low based on the following demographic and vehicle ownership trends, transit oriented location, walkable access to services and amenities, and access to major job centers by transit. According to the American Community Survey, City of Boston five year average 2009-2013:
- Approximately half of Boston renter’s own zero (0) cars and renters are 3.5 times less likely to own a car than homeowners.
- Boston household composition is small - Approximately 70 percent of all Boston households are comprised of either one or two people with the majority of those being one-person households. And over half of one-person households don’t own a car.
- Half of Bostonians don’t drive to work.
One of the proposed new buildings: