Five-building residential and life-sciences complex with a museum could rise on long vacant parcel on Tremont Street across from police headquarters
A development group headed by HYM and My City at Peace yesterday won preliminary BPDA approval to build 466 apartments and condos, life-sciences space and a civil-rights museum on the long-vacant P-3 parcel on Tremont Street in Roxbury, under a plan that would include an acre of public space with a layout aimed at stitching the empty land back into the surrounding neighborhood - and creating wealth-building opportunities for its residents.
An earlier effort by a different group to develop the 7-7-acre parcel failed after more than a decade. HYM is currently building two towers on the site of the Government Center Garage downtown and has won BPDA approval for the massive Suffolk Downs replacement, which would include 10,000 units of housing and numerous office buildings.
Bird's eye view, Madison Park High School on top left, BPD HQ on top right:
Under preliminary plans submitted by HYM and MyCAP, some 66% of the new housing units would be rented or sold as affordable - with subsidies to pay for those units coming from rents on life-sciences tenants.
The life-sciences lab and office space would include a dedicated instructional facility, LabCentral Ignite, aimed at training residents for jobs in the burgeoning field.
The King Boston museum, to be run by Embrace Boston, which recently unveiled the King memorial on Boston Common, will include will include "a permanent collection about Boston’s complicated and inspiring civil rights history, as well as rotating exhibitions featuring nationally renowned BIPOC artists, and helping to uplift the next generation of BIPOC culture creators."
Ground-floor space would include cafes and restaurants; the acre of public space will include tree-lined seating areas, a large space designed for everything from outdoor movie screenings to protests and the complex's roads will include dedicated bike lanes.
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I'll believe it when I see it.
Wake me up for the groundbreaking. Then again at the top off, and at the certificate of occupancy.
I Took Pictures of Connolly's....
Owing that it was going to be torn down and replaced.
I used film. That was, um, a while back.
Connolly's jazz club
Wow, only 25 years since that fascist Menino tore down Connolly's Jazz Club. He did it just in time!
There ought to be a non
There ought to be a non-profit childcare center in that space.
That 66% number is going to end up a lot lower
With the current interest rates. Thats not a sustainable figure.
Hasn't the plan been for the NCAAA to move into whatever eventually gets built there? What happened?
That was in the previous proposal, by another group
After 12 years or so, the BPDA got tired of waiting for anything to actually happen and canceled its rights to the property.
Is that in Tania Fernandes Anderson's district?
I believe she called for a moratorium on affordable housing, I wonder how she will respond to the 66% affordable component.
Thanks for the link
She has a point that it is particularly desirable for Roxbury to have /mixed/ income development, and that other neighborhoods need to commit to more affordable housing rather than focusing efforts just on specific neighborhoods. Doesn’t mean a project like this shouldn’t move forward, but I think wealthier neighborhoods need to take on more affordable housing projects too. (This is why I am hopeful for the Soldiers Field Rd project.)
From the article:
“Fernandes Anderson says that 54% of the apartments in Roxbury are income-restricted, compared to 19.2% citywide. She added that in neighborhoods like Back Bay and Bay Village only 6% to 8% of housing units are affordable.”
I think we need a bingo card for these architectural renderings.