More than 200 new housing units coming to East Boston and Allston

by Liz Hughes

The Boston Planning & Development Agency has approved two new development projects which when complete will bring 208 residential units to the city’s East Boston and Allston neighborhoods. Thirty-two of those units will be income-restricted. 

355 Bennington St., East Boston. Credit: Boston Planning & Development Agency.

A new development at 355 Bennington St. will include 170 new residential units, including 24 income-restricted units in East Boston. Built on an underutilized lot on the eastern edge of East Boston’s Day Square, it will also bring a new transitway for the future Silver Line Day Square connection and a new pedestrian/bike connection to the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway. It will also include 204 spots for bicycle parking. The building will also include retail space on the ground floor. 

In Allston, the approved 14 Gardner St. project will bring 38 new homeownership units, including eight designated as income-restricted. Originally proposed as all rental units, the developer updated the proposal in response to community feedback. The building will be a mix of 10 one-bedroom units, 20 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. 

Located within a quarter-mile of an MBTA stop, the project will also include 40 bicycle spaces and contribute $10,450 to the city’s BlueBikes program and $25,000 toward street improvements. 

The BPDA also approved updates to two previously approved projects.

The board voted to approve an increase in income-restricted Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) units at the 500 Talbot Ave., Dorchester project from five to 17, bringing the total affordability of the project to 43%. 

It also voted to approve reducing the units in the 30 Thorn St., Hyde Park project from 45 to 40 and increasing the number of three-bedroom units in the development. 

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