JPA Development Co. of Braintree has filed plans to replace Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 500 Talbot Ave., at Argyle Street, with a four-story, 40-unit residential building that would have ground-floor space for both a business and a smaller streetfront church.
The proposal also calls for re-aligning the intersection of Talbot and Argyle.
The proposed building would have 23 parking space in an underground garage and five affordable units.
JPA discusses its proposal for re-aligning the intersection:
The conceptual design plan creates a bend in Argyle Street to intersect with Talbot Avenue at a perpendicular angle. By changing the alignment of Argyle Street, the intersection can accommodate two new public plazas and create a destination for the community. The improvements will also reduce the speed of vehicles travelling through the intersection, increase the visibility of pedestrians, and reinforce the pedestrian desire line along the east side of Talbot Avenue. This design will also propose a raised crossing across Argyle Street so pedestrians can remain at sidewalk level when walking along the corridor. This crossing will be 20 feet wide and emphasize the requirement for vehicles to yield to pedestrians. The existing pedestrian crossing across Talbot Avenue will be relocated approximately 100 feet to the south and will be enhanced with curb bulb outs and new signs alerting drivers of the crosswalk. The proposed street alignment allows for 4 new parking spaces, as well as approximately 4,700 square feet of public space.
500 Talbot Ave. small-project review application (7.5M PDF).
The view along Talbot: