A developer says it will soon file detailed plans for a 170-unit apartment building on Harvard Avenue to replace the post office shut in 2019 and neighboring parking lots.
In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, Eden Properties of Allston says it is looking at whether the postal service could move into the ground-floor retail space it's proposing for a building that would rise between four and six stories at 25-39 Harvard Ave.
In December, Eden paid $5.5 million for the decaying post-office building, which sits on about half the proposed 1.1 acre sit it would use for the new building. The rest currently houses a couple of one-story commercial buildings and parking lots.
Eden says its plan will include more affordable units than required by the city. It's proposing 60 parking spaces - and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
If the project wins approval, it would be the latest to transform the area of Harvard Avenue and Cambridge Street from a largely commercial area to a largely residential one.
City Realty has approval to tear down or remodel several buildings at the intersection of the two streets to add 344 apartments and condos - and more than 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Part of City Realty's project extends to Linden Street, where the owner of the former Garage nightclub plans to tear that down for a 349-unit complex.
25-39 Harvard Ave. filings and schedule.