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Group proposes East Boston apartment building that would include artists studios

Aileron architect's rendering.

Architect's rendering.

The Neighborhood of Affordable Housing has filed plans with the BPDA for a 33-unit apartment building - half reserved for artists who would have access to private studios - and a 7-unit condo building on Condor Street between Brooks and Putnam streets in East Boston.

In addition to the apartments and private studios, the larger, five-story building would also include a "work bar/gallery" and three public studios, along with 35 parking spaces.

In the apartment building, only nine of the units would be rented at market rates; the rest would be rented at "various levels of affordability." In the condo building, four units would be sold at market rates; the other three at affordable rates. The building would also have a roof deck, a community garden and a sculpture garden.

NOAH hopes to begin construction this spring of its Aileron buildings - named because "it fits the pattern of flight" of the bird streets of Eagle Hill - with units ready for occupancy a year later.

Aileron proposal

Aileron small-project review application (21M PDF).

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Great to see this coming together.

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They don't need artists, they need a new architect! lol

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I'm not one to slam a fellow architect, but color me unimpressed.

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I'm sure this little development in East Boston will spring for some original Calder sculptures to leave outside.

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They should allow all the artists who were pushed out of their housing at Brookside in JP be given first offer.

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This is in East Boston, not JP

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Yeah but wow the traffic, i mean, the historical character, i mean, the parking, i mean.....

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Current day architects, sadly, are ruining the unique characters of neighborhoods one ugly luxury building at a time. They should be forced to live in their own plastic soulless designs.

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So it should feature a paved, but never maintained vacant lot and some rundown cinderblock garages ... one of them burnt out for artistic effect?

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Sorry, but Eastie does have its own distinct charm despite your ignorance.

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Check out street view and try again.

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"Current day architects, sadly, are ruining the unique characters of neighborhoods one ugly [triple decker] building at a time. They should be forced to live in their own [wooden] soulless designs." - anon in 1918

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Boo for parking

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But that was built out from a converted munitions factory. Why make an arts complex look like a munitions factory from scratch?

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