Developer Peter Davos's plans for an 84-unit residential building where the IHOP used to be include something unusual: 21 three-bedroom units.
Davos this week filed formal plans for his proposed replacement for what is now a little used parking lot at 1235 VFW Parkway with the BRA.
In addition to the three-bedroom units, the proposal calls for 42 two-bedroom units. The rest of the units in the four-story building - the application does not specify whether it will be apartments or condos - would have one bedroom each.
The proposal also calls for 130 parking spaces - 1.5 per unit - 73 in a garage under the building.
In his filing, Davos explains how he and his architects came up with the design for the site:
Playing a pivotal role in the continued urban transition of West Roxbury, the design of the Proposed Project requires an innovative design that is also financially feasible. Occupying a transitional site that mediates VFW Parkway, an older residential fabric, and an industrial and commercial area, the building's design is required to negotiate different scales and urban configurations.
The building design also addresses multiple scales and the different edge conditions of the surrounding neighborhood context, different ways of reacting to public space, and accompanying material and façade articulations to reinforce the scales of these interactions. The building is massed to appear as two buildings with a transparent bridge connection. They are treated as "brother / sister" buildings sharing similar detailing, but a variety of detailing. The 'front' façade along VFW Parkway has no parking and a highly developed pedestrian oriented landscape.
Located between Gardner Street and the Home Depot Store access road with its main facades along VFW Parkway, the Proposed Project's massing negotiates between the small-scale buildings of West Roxbury and the larger building context of The VA Hospital, Home Depot and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation ice skating rink.
1235 VFW Parkway project notification form (58M PDF).
Rendering of the site from the parkway: