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Vacant lots on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury could be replaced by apartments

Proposed Clarion building on Blue Hill Avenue in Roxbury

A developer has proposed a 40-unit apartment development on Blue Hill Avenue between Quincy and Holborn streets that would include 27 affordable units and 5 apartments for people who make just a bit too much too qualify for those.

In addition to a four-story apartment building, the Community Builders, Inc. is proposing a two-family house as part of the construction, which would replace a series of city-owned lots that have been vacant for decades.

In a filing with the BRA, the developer is proposing 32 parking spaces and bicycle storage, as well as first-floor retail space.

In addition, the Community Builders would create "a dedicated, contemplative/memorial open space on the Blue Hill Avenue/Quincy Street corner."

Community Builders hopes to begin construction this fall, with occupancy ready in the winter of 2016/2017.

Project notification form (6.8M PDF).

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The city should offer some incentives to make this project more dense

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Oh boy I can't wait for the Icicle of Death that will come crashing down from that nice overhang on the upper right.

I love that we're getting some new construction in, but some times I think the architects forget we have things like winter and snow and stuff around here.

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Oh boy I can't wait for the Icicle of Death

Call it a "temporary art installation" and were good to go.

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I'm glad they're building this, but it's so bleak, so plain, so cheap. It looks like a small version of the projects built in the forties that have now all been imploded in favor of Section 8 vouchers. Are we going in circles?

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(1) There's ground floor retail. (2) It is built next to the sidewalk.

The stuff built in the 40s was all surrounded by acres of empty greenspace, with no retail at all. Partly why such projects were a disaster.

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The building of affordable housing for people really and truly in need of decent lodging is long, long overdue, imho! It's about time that affordable, subsidized housing were built.

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