BPDA approves two new residential developments in Brighton and South Boston

by Liz Hughes

The Boston Planning & Development Agency has approved two new development projects that will bring 45 residential units to the Brighton and South Boston areas. 

Brighton’s 38 Hichborn St. project will bring energy-efficient housing to the neighborhood with 24 rental units, three of which will be income-restricted. The transit-oriented project is also close to MBTA lines. 

The mixed-use, five-story building will include a first floor with both commercial space and a common area. The rentals will be a mix of studios, one-bedroom and four-bedroom units. According to the BPDA filing, the project aims to be a zero net carbon building. 

The project’s developer will also make a $15,000 contribution to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department for maintaining the nearby Penniman Road Play Area and donate more than $6,000 to Boston’s Bluebikes program. 

The BPDA also approved converting a former South Boston nursing home into housing.

804 East Seventh St, South Boston. Credit: BPDA

Once complete, the property at 804 East Seventh St. will house 21 condominiums, three of which will be income-restricted. They will be a mix of two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. 

The project’s developer will partner with the city of Boston to improve safety at the East Seventh and Columbia Road intersection, reconstruct the area’s sidewalks and plant new street trees, according to the filing. 


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