Leggatt McCall yesterday filed formal plans with the BRA for a two-building, 710-unit apartment complex it wants to build between Harrison Avenue and Albany Street and E. Dedham and E. Canton streets.
The Harrison Albany Block, which the company first outlined last fall, would replace a parking lot and some low-rise office buildings the developer bought from Boston Medical Center with two main buildings, one 19 stories tall, the other 11. In addition to housing, the buildings will include retail and office space. The existing Gambro Building would be renovated as part of the project; its existing tenants - a Boston Medical Center dialysis center and offices - would remain.
Leggatt McCall proposes digging out enough space for a 745-car garage.
The Project's design responds to the scale and history of the South End context through massing and materiality while identifying itself as a transformative, contemporary development.
The company says it will set aside some of the required affordable units for working artists, although it did not specify a number in its filing. It adds:
The Project will devote a minimum of 5% of its new non-residential floor area for affordable cultural space. The Project views this as an opportunity to embrace the Project Site’s location between a vibrant artist community, historic industrial uses, new small business, and the strong residential neighborhood. This will likely include a gallery and maker space. The maker space could be a shared workshop for residents and community members to work with their hands or build prototypes for new business ventures, a shared artist studio for artists from within the building and around the South End to practice their art, or a shared commercial kitchen where the community could gather around culinary workshops in celebration of an art form that is a key characteristic of the South End. The exact use will be confirmed at a later date, but the objective is to create a space for the community to collaborate and create.
The company hopes to begin construction early next year and build the development in phases that would end in mid-2022.
Harrison Albany project notification form (55M PDF).