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Yet another East Boston garage targeted for replacement by housing

Architect's rendering of 2 Ford St.

Architect's rendering.

MG2 Group, which has a number of East Boston projects under way, is proposing to replace the garage at the rotary in Orient Heights with a four-story, 27-unit residential building with room for ground-floor retail.

In a proposal filed with the BPDA today, MG2 says it would provide 25 parking spaces for the building, located 900 feet from the Orient Heights Blue Line station.

The units would be split between one- and two-bedrooms. Four of them would be marketed as affordable. The filing does not specify whether the units would be apartments or condos.

Developers have been snapping up auto-repair garages and auto yards in East Boston over the past couple of years as prime locations for new residential development.

The building’s massing is derived from an assessment of it’s site context and urban conditions. A mix of hardi board, metal panels and other design elements which are consistent with the design standards set forth by the BPDA will provide a strong identity along Orient Heights Square, and serve to have the building become a focal point. The design will present a unique appearance as it relates to it’s immediate context and will serve as a compelling precedent for the area’s future development.

2 Ford St. small-project review application (51M PDF).

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If anything, I'd hope a project in that location would be taller. It's under 1000 feet from the Orient Heights T and within easy walking distance of the proposed Suffolk Downs redevelopment. Housing near transit needs to be accessible to more folks.

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Do yourself a favor and search Mayo Group, which has renamed itself to MG2 and has also operated under Advanced Realty Management and has had other spinoffs tracing back to a John McGrail. Do that before purchasing or renting. This has been a public service announcement from someone with firsthand experience. however, this is not the forum to get into details. I'm happy to provide them offline.

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