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Four-story condo building proposed for vacant lot at edge of Dudley Square

Architect's rendering: 2451 Washington St. in Roxbury

Architect's rendering.

The Madison Park Development Corp. this week filed plans with the BPDA to build a 16-unit condo building on a vacant lot it owns at 2451 Washington St., across from the B-2 police station and next to a four-story apartment building Madison Park owns.

"By offering new homeownership opportunities, MPDC’s project will encourage community stability," in an area where condo prices jumped from $162,134 to $413,302 between 2010 and 2015.

The building, a quarter-mile from the Dudley Square bus station, would have 16 parking spaces.

Madison Park, which bought the lot in 2006, says the building would meet existing zoning for the site, and would take 12 to 18 months for construction, which it hopes to begin late this fall.

2451 Washington St. small-project review application (934k PDF).

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That little lot is like a breath of fresh air in Dudley Square. Let's keep it just as it is or make it a community garden and/or park.
That building is ugly! Let's not build it.

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Are you kidding me? it's literally overgrown grass with a chain-link fence around it. There's a small community garden but it's so far from the street that you can't even appreciate it from the sidewalk.

Next door is a run-down garage and a junkyard. Roxbury needs more housing and development on vacant lots.

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it *is* a community garden!

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It's not well used or well maintained, but there is a sizable park in the island space between Washington and Shawmut directly across the street. This vacant lot is not making the neighborhood nicer. Build, baby, build.

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There's a park right across the street. Roxbury needs housing units. Right next to public transportation is the best place for them.

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Most of it isn't in the wealthiest areas, either.

Over 20% of Boston's land area is open space that is accessible to the public.

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and "ooh, it's UGLY" are two of the standard NIMBY responses to any development proposal.

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14 parking spaces for 16 units, steps from the Dudley Bus Station, in a neighborhood where the average car ownership is 0.48 vehicles per household (http://www.tstation.info/#fss/q/by_name=dudley%20square).

Madison Park is spending very limited Low Income Housing Tax Credits to subsidize parking spaces that people won't need in one of the most transit accessible places in the region. Brilliant. BPDA, please knock this back to 8 spaces or less!

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The parking is at least under the building and not an adjacent lot. With over 1000 units of housing going up within a mile of the site over the next 3-5 years parking will quickly become sparse. It's future-proofing.

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I definitely agree with you in terms of this project, but the idea that low income housing should automatically preclude parking is a little shortsighted - many poor people need their cars, because their jobs are not white collar, m-f, 9-5 work, and may require them to commute when the T is not running, or to places where it doesn't go, or where they're in and out of areas all the time (delivery work, UBER, home nursing aid, housekeeping, etc).

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For better or worse, poor people (in Boston and elsewhere) are less likely to own cars, not more. And parking spaces come at a real cost. Building more parking spaces means we build fewer apartments. It's not that no poor people will ever need cars, but the supply should not exceed the need, and the need is not that great. Also, it's extra important that poor people who don't use a car are rewarded for their decision to do so (by paying less for housing).

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Thanks for this comment. The parking at grade also makes a blank facade at the street level.

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I agree. It's got excessive parking. At least it's less than 1:1. I'd rather see 0.75:1 or 0.6:1.

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I live in Fort Hill and drive by that lot all the time. Great to see it out back into use. Just wish it had some ground floor commercial or retail to tie together Dudley and the upcoming (someday) Bartlett site. Given how busy that intersection of Shawmut and Washington is, it's going to be a miserable experience for ground floor residents bit it might be a great space for the right business.

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