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Five-story condo building proposed for Jeffries Point

Jeffries Point proposal

Architect's rendering.

Two East Boston developers want to build 33 condos on what is now an overgrown old gas-station property at 320 Maverick St..

In their filing with the BRA, Joseph Ricupero and John Zirpolo said they would build 23 two-bedroom condos and 10 one-bedroom units, and provide 32 deeded parking spaces.

Four of the units would be set aside as "affordable;" the rest would be sold at market rates.

The top floor will consist of penthouse units with private decks looking out over the downtown skyline, rather than the neighboring Logan Airport - and will shield the neighborhood from the site of a "garish looking parking facility" on the Logan side of the property line.

In their filing, the developers write:

Jeffries Point has had a recent influx of young professional residents that are looking to live in the neighborhood, bringing a need for more market rate housing projects. This section of East Boston is attractive for folks commuting to work, due to its close proximity to public transportation at Maverick Square Train Station and to the Maverick Square business district.

The Proposed Project is located within walking distance of the area’s most utilized amenities. The site is less than one block from the East Boston Health Center and within walking distance to the East Boston Greenway and many neighborhood parks. The location of this site is ideal for the resident commuter or working professional because of its close proximity to public transit, neighborhood shopping, residential housing, and open space.

Complete BRA filing (6.7M PDF).

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Wow.. 33 condo's , a bit far from Maverick & Airport mbta stations, walking distance!!

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I walk from that block to Maverick every morning, and it's no more than 7 minutes (and pretty much everything in Jeffries Point is within a 10 minute walk). And there's a bus stop right there that will get you to the station in about 2 minutes if you time it right. That walk is only a "bit far" if you have serious issues with walking.

That's not much different than any other neighborhood in the city. In the South End, anything lower than Tremont is further from the T. Everything in the Fenway south of Boylston is at least that far (and you have to compete with traffic on Boylston and Brookline, not to mention you have to ride the Green Line), and so on.

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Is there a road right behind this development, that is frequent by loud freight trucks and buses and airport rental car facility noise throughout the day and night 356 days a year...

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You used to be able to get into the airport down the street there, think it's only for residents that work there. But that end of the airport was rental car city. Think they moved most of the food caterers down that end of the aerodrome too !

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When I look at the Google satellite view one zoom level shows a big, warehouse-style building behind the development and another, no building, just rental lots. Not clear which is the more current of the two.

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Kat , I think there is a big brick wall as a sound baffle, no building there that I can recall.

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The one with the lots is the old picture. Both satellite images I'm looking at online have it from a few years ago when there were a few separate rental facilities on the plot of land. They redid it so now there's an airport terminal-esque entrance at the front with desks for the different rental companies, and a garage at the back where the cars reside. Google Street View is from 2011 as well, and shows the area before the garage. The building directly to the left of that plot of land was recently renovated, for what it's worth, and that eyesore of a lot a half block up at Maverick and Wellington was turned into a new park.

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That's now the location of the giant central rental car garage.

It was a $310 million project, intended to reduce shuttle bus traffic and pollution. Anyone who rents a car at Logan now has to pay an extra $6 *per day* of the rental to fund it. Of course they don't mention how much pollution was generated in the construction of a 120,000 square foot building.

The buses for arriving and departing passengers stop on different levels at the terminals. The big waste in any bus service is deadheading, which the former single-loop routes avoided. So there goes some of the efficiency. Also, Blue Line passengers now have to deal with the extra stop at the rental garage.

As far as passenger convenience, my experience using such schemes in other cities has been a long wait for a big, slow, jam-packed bus. A shuttle run by a bureaucratic airport authority doesn't have the incentive to be zippy and frequent, like one run by a rental company that really doesn't want to annoy its customers.

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"Also, Blue Line passengers now have to deal with the extra stop at the rental garage."

What do you mean? Are you saying that the blue line now has an extra stop? Because that is nonsense.

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the shuttle busses from Airport Station to the terminals/rental cars?

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"The top floor will consist of penthouse units with private decks looking out over Boston Harbor"

I'm not sure how easy this will be, given that Maverick is on the bottom of the hill, and I would imagine buildings on Sumner would obscure the view...but perhaps I'm wrong.

And garish: "I do not think it means what you think it means." In terms of parking facilities, it's actually kind of new and drab. I wouldn't really consider it an eyesore any more than any other parking facility.

It's not a block from EBHC, either; hairs split, etc.

That said, that property has been sitting vacant for quite some time, so it's good that something may be going up there.

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Here's the exact wording:

"The top floor of the building will include penthouse units with private rooftop decks that overlook Boston’s skyline."

Which, yeah, doesn't necessarily mean water views - I mean, I can see Boston's skyline from Roslindale without seeing any water - but maybe being five floors up is enough? In any case, changing now.

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Oh, I wasn't criticizing what you wrote, but if they think that's going to be a selling point...people will be a bit disappointed when it's not the same types of views there are on Sumner.

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I doubt a viewshed analysis has been done, but from that lot over to Downtown you're looking over the highest part of Jeffries Point up by Seaver Street. So you've got a Church, the School and a bunch of 3-story brownstones on top of that hill (and trees). I guess on the 5th floor you might see some building tops sticking up - or look off to your left and you might catch some of the little Burlington Mall buildings over in the "Innovation" District. But you're probably eye level with the second floor of the brownstones on top of the hill.

I'm sure they'll be able to sell these things for the ease of access to the T, it being a "hot" n'hood, blahblahblah - but would you really want a unit that backs up to CONRAC? Lots of cold starts of cars in the garage blasting crap at you... well, to each their own I guess.

And once again another craptastic display of architectural colon scrapings. Does AutoCADD or whatever they use these days come with template drawings for "nondescript, cheap-ass-looking box that maximizes square footage on your footprint with minimal cost in details, sidings, design, thought..."? blecch....to each their own.

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Rental car engines running all day at nearby Rental car agencies , exposing carbon monoxide fumes in the air, air quality must be aweful during hot summer months in that section of Jefferies Point!!

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Simply awful. I far prefer the pleasant aroma of unburned jet fuel pouring out of the engines at takeoff.

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You can see the skyline from street level in many areas of Eastie, and a lot of the neighborhood is triple deckers, so seeing it from any 5-story building isn't a stretch. The water is a different story.

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View or no views, I don't think that will be problematic to folks who are looking to reside in the desirable Jefferies Point section of Eastie, right now Jefferies Point is in high demand when it comes down to buying a condominium in Eastie. You can be at piers park from all angles of Jefferies point in minutes.
Plus the area is as clean as Marlborough Street in the Back bay, it tells you a lot about homeowners in Jefferies Point, they take pride in their neighborhood, and it draws outsiders who would like to be a part of the neighborhood.

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I almost rented down there instead of my current place on Eagle Hill. As a renter I'm glad I didn't, because rent has skyrocketed, but regret not buying a place I was looking at a few years back. Gorgeous area and gets nicer by the day.

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I suppose if an elephant is crapping on your head regularly you can probably just write off the dog pissing on your shoe...

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what?

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This was in response to the comment about being worried over the car exhaust from the parking garage, as jet exhaust blasts continually over the n'hood -- but I put it in the wrong place (should be under Three-Decker's comment above).

Although putting random-ass Ionesco-ish comments that have nothing to do with the thread is kind of fun!

MANGO CHUTNEY! MANGO CHUTNEY! MANGO CHUTNEY!

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Also this:

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Very convenient to the olive oil barrel place too, sweet !

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These Jeffries Point condos looks like the same old condos being built all over City Point.
Ps: roof decks are over-rated.

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with neighborhood and BRA. This one is the least offensive.

FYI - the developers own capital waste service.

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That's what architecture should aim for....

Soooo.. are they making the building out of old dumpsters?

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A restaurant should be an addition to this large 33 unit complex, since it will be at the beginning of Maverick Street you turn your head right and then left no restaurants in sight, it would lighten things up in that area.

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No restaurants? There are probably about a dozen withing 3 or 4 blocks of that address.

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We need more Restaurants, do you realize East Boston will become a tourist haven like the North End , once the Mbta ferry service from Eastie to Boston begins,tourist from Europe to California will step off the Boat and begin to walk around piers park and then walk up the steps to webster street and explore and then they will continue their trek towards Sumner street , and check out painting gallerys etc.
Does anyone know what will replace the old DeAngelis bakery corner of Maverick and Orleans.

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n/t

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American Plastic Bricks (the 1970s Playskool version). Legos would be too expensive.

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Based on this one rendering, I think this is exactly the type of mid-rise housing we should be building all over the place. It provides a comfortable level of density that fits in well with existing neighborhoods.

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