Developers have filed plans with the BPDA for a 36-unit condo project on a 12-acre parcel at the end of Rockwood Street at the Brookline line.
The units will be built in a mix of duplexes and three-unit structures along a new internal drive in what will become Rockwood Manor. The site's existing mansion will initially serve as a sales and marketing office for the development, "with the potential for future use as event space for residents and local neighborhood groups."
The units would range in size from 2,000 to 3,500 square feet, under the plans by developers Matt Zuker, Ken Chase and Armando Petruzziello of Needham.
The main access to the site would be through Avon Street, at what is now the back end of the land, rather than via Rockwood Street, because Avon is wider and has better sight lines than the curvy part of Rockwood that ends at the property.
About 4.6 acres of the site will be set aside as open space and to provide a buffer between the new buildings and the surrounding neighborhood.
In their filing, the developers say Boston has a pressing need for low-density luxury housing:
The Proposal fits the need in the City of Boston, and the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, for the type of high-quality housing stock that both existing and future residents' desire. The introduction of a new swath of single-family housing will help alleviate the burden on the existing housing stock in this community and throughout the City. The high quality and thoroughness of design and construction methods will concurrently fit the character of the existing neighborhood while enhancing the aesthetics of the neighborhood as a whole. ...
The Proponent maintains that the townhome and flats layout with the associated road, as opposed to a large scale multi-unit housing complex, is a more appropriate scale and scope proposal and will behoove the existing community and the City of Boston. The design of the Proposed Project was completed with the bucolic nature of the site and residential nature of nearby Moss Hill section of Jamaica Plain in mind.
The developers say they have neighbors in mind - they scaled back their original plans from 48 units to 36 and agreed to work within the land's current zoning, rather than seeking a "planned development area" designation, which would have let them and the BPDA throw out the zoning and negotiate simply on the developers' proposal. they add they will also comply with Boston's requirement for affordable housing - likely by partnering with "a non-profit developer, land trust, housing authority, or other entity" to build affordable housing nearby.
96-100 Rockwood St. filings and calendar.