Developer John Cruz recently filed formal plans with the BPDA for a 95-apartment complex on Warren Street at Waverly Street in Roxbury.
The Dr. Michael E. Haynes Arms - named after the Roxbury state representative and minister - would also become home to Cruz's 45-employee firm, now headquartered in John Eliot Square.
Cruz proposes erecting the two-building complex in two phases, starting with a 51-unit, five-story building along Warren that would have first-floor office space for Cruz Development Corp.
The second building, which would have 44 apartments for the elderly and first-floor retail space would then go up at the corner of Warren and Waverly, assuming Cruz can purchase the two properties there.
Cruz proposes a 102-space garage - and 95 bicycle spaces.
The apartments would be split between one- and two-bedroom units, with two three-bedroom units.
The proposed design intent of this residential and commercial project is to restore the urban fabric and residential street life of traditional Roxbury and to enhance and encourage further redevelopment of Warren Street between Dudley Square and Blue Hill Avenue.
The location of the Site, at approximately halfway between the Dudley Square and Blue Hill Avenue, appears ideally suited and placed for these goals.
The proposed architectural style is reflective of the architecture along Warren Street and in the adjacent Roxbury residential neighborhoods. The use of brick, traditional bays, mansard roofs and familiar windows, translated into a more modern form, is in keeping with other new residential developments of this era in this area.
It is expected that the Michael E. Haynes project will restore a residential presence and vitality to this long abandoned site and productively refinish and establish this neighborhood edge. To reinforce this sense of extension of the residential fabric, we believe that the commercial, restaurant and office space used at the first floor is traditional on Warren Street and appropriate in restoring a sense of street vitality.
280-290 Warren St. project notification form (72M PDF).