New condos and apartments proposed for East Boston project

by Liz Hughes

A developer is looking to bring 57 new residential units to East Boston.

East  Boston  Community  Development  Corp. filed a letter of intent with the Boston Planning & Development Agency on Feb. 3, looking to develop two buildings to house both condominium ownership units and rental apartments. 

The proposed 2 Shawsheen Road project will be located on a 36,226-square-foot parcel of land along Shawsheen Road and Saratoga Street. There is currently a two-story repair/service garage on the property that would be replaced with the buildings, which would be three and four stories each. The three-story building would face the residential-neighborhood side of the property, and the four-story structure would be along the side of the property that abuts commercial development.  

Once complete, the project will include 57 mixed-income, transit-oriented residential units and 36 parking spaces. 

One building will house 22 condominiums and a garage with parking for 22 vehicles and 24 bicycles. The second building will include 35 rental units and 26 bike spaces. Fourteen additional exterior parking spaces for both buildings will be available with access off Shawsheen Road. 

The units will include nine one-bedroom units, 26 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units. The developer said they have designated 84% of the units as affordable housing. 

The project proposal also includes green space for both residents and those in the neighborhood on what was formally an industrial lot. The property is within walking distance of the Orient Heights MBTA station, as well as several bus stops. 

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