Developers have proposed tearing down the motel on Mount Hood Road off Commonwealth Avenue to make way for a $6.5-million development with 178 residential units - and 142 parking spaces.
Developers John Matteson and Yue Li say their project would look like two buildings - one seven stories, one five - but would technically be just one building with two wings sitting on an underground "podium" on the 1.7-acre site that would serve as the parking garage. Of the units, 64 would be apartments and 114 condominiums.
In a filing last week with the BPDA, they say they need fewer than one parking space per unit because of the site's proximity to "excellent transit routes," in particular the B and C branches of the Green Line, with the D branch and the 65 bus not far away.
Th site is in the middle of the Aberden Architectural Conservation District, noted for both its "suburban" houses and early 20th-century low-slung apartment buildings, which the developers say their project was designed to blend into:
The Aberdeen Neighborhood is distinguished by its curvilinear roadways wind their way through the hilly rocky terrain. The Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District represents confluence of the original romantic suburban neighborhood with the later urban apartment district creating a totally new type of residential area. It is defined by spacious avenues with large apartment buildings as the central spine of an integrated neighborhood of varied housing types, united by the architectural quality and landscape.
The Project follows the existing terrain and curved streetscapes. The two portions of the building step down the slope of the terrain following the natural topography and maintaining the scale of the surrounding neighborhood context. The highest portion of the new building is located at the northerly edge of the site, to match the large apartment buildings along Commonwealth Avenue. The southerly portion of the Project, along Egremont Road, is lower and more intimate. ...
Masonry, wood, and miscellaneous metal of the building’s features sympathize with the character both of the early suburban and later apartment development of the Aberdeen neighborhood. The intent is to use materials that are abundant in the surrounding context to continue the original materials and elements that give the neighborhood its character. Brick facades are the primary exterior cladding, while the top level of the Egremont Road façade is setback and clad with contrasting panels to reduce the perception of building height. This same strategy is used on the northerly, higher portion of the Project, to emphasize the horizontality of the mass and to minimize perceived height.
They are aiming to begin construction in the spring of 2019, with the project scheduled for completion in 2021.
40 Mount Hood Road project-notification form (39M PDF).