An heir to the Brookline Ice and Coal concern has filed plans with the BPDA to build a three-story "cannabis production and cultivation facility" on a "distressed" parcel owned by his family at 100 Hampden St., a couple blocks away from the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
Mario Signore's proposed Green Line Boston Craft Cannabis would have exterior panels perfect for large murals, along with third-floor event space with views of downtown Boston on a lot that is now used for storage of construction equipment, the filing states:
The design concept was influenced by the context of the surrounding New Market Industrial District and the maritime history of the City of Boston. The building form suggests a vaguely nautical appearance, which was enhanced by placement of larger window openings at the top of the building to capitalize on extensive views from that level. A series of ribbon windows were utilized on the first floor to provide natural light to the interior while addressing potential security issues. The main entrance along Hampden is covered by a tall canopy suspended from a protruding structural element from the third floor. Large window openings on the west and south elevations are provided with horizontal sunshades to reduce solar gain and provide depth to the facade. The building volume is further broken up by use of both smooth vertical insulated metal panels, and horizontal ribbed insulated metal panels. Smooth, vertically oriented insulated metal panels are used in conjunction with horizontal ribbed insulated metal panels to further break up the large building volume. The panels serve as a canvas for local street artists to create murals which tie the building to the neighborhood and add large color blocks to the facade in key areas.
The Zoning Board of Appeal approved the proposal in 2019.
100 Hampden St. filings and schedule.