A strip of land up Jeffries Point that was once used to ferry millions of riders a year between the East Boston waterfront, Revere Beach and Lynn could become a series of five apartment and condo buildings under a developer's proposal.
MG2 says it has an agreement to purchase the so-called narrow-gauge lots, which stretch from the back of the Boston Harbor Shipyard on Webster Street up to Maverick Street, from the Ascolillo family, which has owned them for more than 50 years. The lots are connected by a two-track train tunnel under Sumner and Webster streets, the mouth of which is still visible from behind the shipyard (the tracks and other equipment were removed long ago).
MG2, which already has several other projects in the work in East Boston, has proposed five buildings between three and six stories with a total of 100 residential units and 90 parking spaces. Its proposal also calls for a new public walkway up and down the hill alongside the buildings.
MG2 has yet to file plans with the BPDA, but has been talking to the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association about the proposal for several months now.
Nearby residents and City Councilor Lydia Edwards will discuss the proposal at a meeting on Monday, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Zumix, 260 Sumner St.
The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad started up in 1875, using tracks narrower than those used by most other railroads.
By 1914, the railroad was carrying some 7 million riders a year, on tracks that went from the East Boston waterfront all the way up to Lynn. By 1940, though, it was defunct. The state eventually used part of the right of way to extend the Blue Line to Wonderland in Revere.