City Realty this week filed its formal plans for an 11-story, $207-million life-sciences building at 17 Bradston St., at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
In addition to being at the epicenter of the city's opioid and homelessness crisis, the 1.1-acre site is also within walking distance of Boston Medical Center, the BU Medical School and BU's biolab research center. It would also be near the new home of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, with which the company says it is in talks "to create a life science workforce training space" for institute students.
City Realty, which has rapidly grown from being a developer of small apartment buildings to a company working much larger projects, says its goal when "conceptualizing this project""
Was to revitalize the neighborhood by replacing the existing outdated buildings with a new state-of-the-art building that will incorporate best practices in energy efficiency and climate resiliency to tackle the challenges of tomorrow. The building’s welcoming design and public realm improvements will create a welcoming presence at the gateway to the Newmarket neighborhood.
This project embodies economic development, placemaking and social stabilization. Its commercial components will contribute to the existing industrial nature of this area of Boston and its innovative, multi-user designed wrapped in elegant architecture offers a model to flexible workspaces of tomorrow.
The developer adds:
The Project is being designed with flexible programming space with a focus on attracting tenants in multiple sectors including healthcare support, offices, pharmaceutical back of house operations, research and development, advanced manufacturing, and local partnerships.
In addition to that space and the Benjamin Franklin space, the building would also have 7,265 square feet of space "targeted at uses which have been identified as at-risk" in the Newmarket area.
The building would replace a three-story office building, a former fast-food restaurant now serving as a church and a parking lot. The new building would have roughly 204 parking spaces in an underground garage.
17 Bradston St. filings and calendar.