A developer hopes to break ground this coming spring on a $144-million, 25-story tower it says should spur additional development in Dudley Square. In detailed plans filed recently with the BPDA, Rio Grande Dudley Square, LLC writes:
The Rio Grande project will help to create an investment environment for a larger scale of development that will establish Dudley Square as a major destination for work, housing, shopping and entertainment. Taking full advantage of its robust Transit Oriented Development potential, the new residential tower and associated retail and office space will provide a visual urban design exclamation point on the city's skyline.
Just as importantly, offering residences in the proposed tower at multiple price points will provide new options for long time Roxbury residents who want to remain in the neighborhood as well as for empty-nesters and young professionals, who want to live in close proximity to commercial, institutional and cultural resources. Additionally, the project's introduction of well over 200 new residences, and more than 60,000 S.F. of new and renovated retail, entertainment, and office space will add extensive street activity and amenities that will benefit and complement the ongoing revitalization of the neighborhood.
The project, which would incorporate the former Roxbury Institute for Savings Building and the former Boston Consolidated Gas Company Building, in front of the tower, to be built on what is now a parking lot, was the dream of developer Kenneth Guscott, who died in a Milton house fire in March. The formal project notification form was signed by his daughter, Lisa.
The tower would house mainly housing units - mostly apartments, but with a number of condos - with commercial space on the first floor. The commercial buildings would remain commercial space, with the bank building possibly getting community space. The space between the two existing buildings would be turned into an entrance to the tower on the lot, located between Washington, Roxbury and Marvin streets and Shawmut Avenue.
The building would have only three parking spaces. Rio Grande says it is looking at possibly buying a nearby vacant lot for construction of a parking garage, but predicted demand for spaces would be dampened by the fact the tower would rise across the street from the Dudley Square T stop, the busiest bus station in the state.
Looking towards the Back Bay:
The fourth floor would get a deck:
Rio Grande project notification form (20M PDF).