A South Boston developer is betting people will want to live in what could be a "gateway project" to transform Stedman Street in Jamaica Plain from a collection of truck yards and cinderblock buildings into a new residential area.
In a filing with the BPDA, Helm Investments is proposing to tear down one of those cinderblock buildings to erect a 21-unit residential building, where at least some of the units will have a good view of the activity in the MBTA's permanently temporary bus yard.
The proposed project will result in revitalizing the appeal and vibrancy of the Stedman Street streetscape through converting of an existing one story structure, previously used as an industrial facility with an empty lot area, in a residential area. The new building designed in a Boston vernacular, complementary to the surrounding neighborhood and structures. The project will include a partial, underground level housing 21 parking spaces with supporting facilities. In addition a new sidewalk along the frontage of the property providing safe public pedestrian access on Stedman Street to Brookley Road. We will provide pedestrian crossing striping at the Stedman Street and Brookley Road intersection.
In particular, the project will remove non-descriptive, underused structure presented by the existing conditions and use of the property, to an aesthetically pleasing residential facility complementing the immediate neighborhood.
Of the 21 units, 15 will have two bedrooms, the rest one bedroom each. Four of the units will be marketed as affordable.
The filing adds:
Within walking distance to the site, there are residential apartments, professional office space, restaurants, commercial banks, shopping area and neighborhood retail businesses.
Also noted: The easy walk residents will have to the Orange Line, buses and commuter rail at the nearby Forest Hills station.
50 Stedman St. small-project review application (6.8M PDF).