A developer working with the Home for Little Wanderers is seeking city permission to build an all new facility - and 120 condominiums and apartments, some of which would be for Home clients aging out of the state foster-care system - on the Home's 2.6-acre site at 780 American Legion Highway.
In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA yesterday, Alinea Capital Partners of the South End says it would tear down the home's existing building and replace it with a new "behavioral and clinical health facility" for both the Home and the Dimock Street Neighborhood Heath Center. Attached would be 22 apartments of "supported housing" for youths who have gotten too old for the services provided there but who still need some assistance.
To pay for this, Alinea is proposing to build 98 units of "market rate and workforce rental units and owner occupied town house condominium units" in a separate building on site. "Workforce" units are typically rented to people who make no more than 120% or so of the area median income.
Alinea proposed 154 parking spaces, but says it is looking at possibly leasing space from neighboring property owners for additional parking.
The letter signals that Alinea is preparing a more detailed "project notification form" for submission to the BPDA, which will then schedule at least one public hearing on the proposal. The Board of Appeals would also have to approve the project.
780 American Legion Highway letter of intent (591k PDF).