Developer Michael McGough of Dorchester has filed plans with the BPDA to replace a vacant lot on Warren Street at Winthrop Street in Dudley Square with a five-story, 21-studio apartment building - with ground-floor space for a restaurant or shop.
In the BPDA filing, McGough and architect Derek Rubinoff say the $3-million building, which would go where a two-family home burned down in 2014, would be aimed at "entry-level workers including young professionals who will commute via public transportation and bicycle. The site’s convenience to amenities available by foot will empower residents to not be automobile-dependent."
So no parking spaces, save two set aside for car-sharing services and one for the use of a handicapped resident. They're so confident people without cars would rent the units that they're willing to make the building exempt from any resident-permit programs for Roxbury, and note the site's proximity to the Silver Line and numerous other bus lines, as well as its relative nearness to an Orange Line stop.
Four of the units would be rented at "affordable" rates.
The fifth floor would consist of a common room and a rooftop deck and garden.
The proposed building provides street-wall infill massing at an important corner and continues the flow of Victorian brick-faced apartment units that are common on Warren and Winthrop Street. The massing of the building is divided so as to feel more like a collection of three townhouses or small Victorian urban apartment buildings than one large one. The building will prominently address the corner of Winthrop and Warren with a large, transparent, vertical bay, as is customary for other apartment buildings on corner sites along Warren Street. At the top will be a modern, glassy recreation space for residents which will overlook the corner, providing incredible views of downtown. This will be capped, like many other Roxbury vertical bays, by a turret, providing a dramatic architectural gesture addressing the corner. Similar vertical bays will treat the corners along Winthrop Street and along Warren Street adjacent to the historic Warren family home at 130 Warren Street.
The proposal is the latest proof that Dudley Square is becoming a hot development area. In addition to a proposed skyscraper and other private proposals, the city plans to issue an RFP for city-owned lots in the neighborhood.