A New York developer has filed detailed plans to replace the Whole Foods and Citizens Bank branch on Washington Street in Brighton with a 270-unit residential building - with enough space to build a new and larger Whole Foods and a Citizens branch.
The proposal for the 2.3-acre site would completely reshape the corner of Washington and Allston Streets, which currently features a large parking lot, with a building up to six stories tall. It would be across the street from another proposed Washington Street residential building, on the other side of Corey Road at the Brookline line.
In its filing with the BPDA, Kimco Realty Corp. of New Hyde Park, NY, says its new building would have 323 parking spaces in a three-level garage. The current parking lot has 151 spaces.
The proposal calls for more than doubling the size of the Whole Foods, from roughly 20,000 square feet to more than 45,000 square feet - room enough for both more groceries and a cafe.
The bank branch, though, would be about half as large as the current stand-alone building.
Among the proposal's benefits, Kimco says, is that it would essentially urbanize what is now a suburban expanse of asphalt:
The existing condition of the Project Site as a small “suburban” retail center with surface parking is incongruous with its urban location and surroundings of generally mature urban residential and related development. The Project seeks to replace what is a sea of asphalt and small retail buildings that turn their backs to the public streetscape, in the case of the existing grocery store, with a vibrant mixed-use development activated by retail and residential ground floor uses with housing above and all parking concealed mid-block from the surrounding streets. A complete streets approach to the public realm sidewalk design will provide improvements on all three public sides of the Project Site to enhance the public realm and improve the pedestrian experience.
Kimco estimates construction would take two years, once it wins all the required approvals. In addition to the BPDA, the zoning board must also give its OK.
15 Washington St. project-notification form (101M PDF).
Kitty corner from across Corey Road:
Bird's eye view (white building at lower right has not yet been built):