A developer has modified his plans for a proposed $107-million, three-building complex on Rugg Road to include eight affordable apartments for artists, all of which would be located above a ground-floor gallery for their work.
In a new filing with the BPDA, developer Michael Levitt, of Marlton, NJ, says that adding the artist spaces would mean bringing the total number of units from 261 in the original filing to 265.
In addition to the eight artsts' apartments, the six-story buildings would include another 26 affordable units. One of the buildings would include a 168-car garage.
The proposed new buildings would replace four low-slung industrial buildings and a parking lot, about a quarter-mile from the Boston Landing commuter-rail stop.
The filing discusses the addition of artists' apartments:
The Proponent recognizes the value and impact artists and their art have in the Project's neighborhood and is thereby allocating eight of the 34 onsite affordable units for City of Boston certified artists. The artist-reserved units will integrate specific accommodations, such as larger unit entrances, flexible floor plans, and more modest finishes, to make the space more applicable for artist use. The artist reserved units will be adjacent to one another, all on the same floor (the 2nd floor of Building C), and will be located immediately above the artists' gallery and workspace reserved for them on the first floor of Building C. Each artist will be provided 1,350 SF on the first floor of Building C for gallery and/or work space.
Furthermore, artwork will also be displayed in common areas throughout the building, including a 1,500 SF flexible gallery/work space, as well as outdoors. In addition to providing affordable housing for artists, the Proponent has voluntarily agreed to work with Artists for Humanity to incorporate civically conscious public art components that are respective of the neighborhood's history. Beginning with a graphic "wrap" of the automated parking garage, the Proponent also intends to work closely with the artists who will call 40 Rugg Road home, as well as the artists community as whole, to incorporate public art components throughout the development, which may include wayfinding signs, artistic bike racks, outdoor seating, and plantings and associated landscape architecture.
From the filing:
40 Rugg Rd. supplemental filing (14.9M PDF)