A Nubian Square business and developer told the BPDA this week they will soon file detailed plans for a seven-story building between Washington Street and Harrison Avenue that will include a food hall for local chefs, a market place for local artists and artisans, residential units for artists and space for life-sciences R&D.
In December, the BPDA selected Nubian Ascend Partners, headed by developer Richard Taylor and Black Market owners Kai and Chris Grant, along with London-based real-estate investor Mario San Jacinto, to build on the Blair parking lot - named for the supermarket for which it was built, but which closed decades ago. The BPDA has owned the lot since 1985.
The designation was the latest part of an overall city effort to revitalized Nubian Square by selling parking lots and vacant land for development, with an emphasis on affordable housing and commercial development geared toward locally owned businesses.
In a letter of intent, Taylor said the 384,000-square-foot Nubian Square Ascends building would include a "marketplace and culinary center" that will feature local chefs, a culinary training center and space for local artisans to sell their wares; a separate hall with performance and conference space; live/work condos for local artists; an "artist lab" for resident artists who need more space for doing their work and new homes for Black Market and Nubian Gallery.
All this will be capped by five floors of commercial space. One floor of the commercial space will be rented at subsidized rates to local businesses, while the rest will be marketed to biotech companies interested in more space midway between the Longwood Medical Area and the Seaport.
The BPDA estimates that the building, which the developers say will take three years to construct, will bring 900 new jobs to Nubian Square.
The plan also calls for a 300-car above-ground parking garage - and for closing Renfrew Street, which connects Washington and Harrison.
In their initial proposal to the BPDA, the developers said they would sell shares of the project, starting at $1,000, to residents who want to invest locally.
Initial project proposal (33.3M PDF).
Nubian Square Ascends letter of intent (120k PDF).
Project documents and calendar.