Developer Adam Sarbaugh has filed his plans to replace the Tom English Bar and the Dorchester Market on Dorchester Avenue at East Cottage Street with a five-story apartment complex - with room for the market, but not the bar, to move back into.
In a small-project review application with the BPDA, Sarbaugh says his $6-million building would freshen up the block and provide a compelling model for anybody thinking of replacing other nearby structures:
The building's massing is derived from a creative response to it's neighboring site context and urban conditions. ... The building's stepped form softens it's overall scale and relates to the adjacent 3 story developments. Further recessing the fourth and fifth floors pull the overall form off of the street edge and creates a height relationship with the neighboring DNA Lofts building. A palette of complementary facade materials is paired with numerous brick bonding techniques to develop a contemporary aesthetic that will serve as a compelling precedent for the area's current and future development.
Five of the units would be marketed as affordable. The building would have 26 parking spaces. In addition to the market, the first floor would have room for a restaurant.
The view from the other side: