Four projects to bring 136 new housing units to Boston neighborhoods

by Liz Hughes

Four new development projects will bring 136 new residential units to Roxbury, Dorchester, Mission Hill and Allston with more than half designated as income restricted.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved the projects at its August meeting. 

The 84 Warren St. project in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood includes the revitalization of the Urban League Headquarters. Once constructed, the six-story building will have 65 income-restricted units that include 22 homeownership units and 43 rental units all of which will be a mix of one-bedrooms, two bedrooms and three-bedrooms.

The rental units are income-restricted for those between 30% and 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), while the homeownership units will be between 80% and 100%, according to the filing. 

The project also includes ground floor office and program space for ULEM, along with bike storage and deck space. The developer will also contribute $49,000 toward Boston’s bikeshare program, including an onsite Bluebikes station, as well as improvements to connectivity, pedestrian access, landscaping and new street trees. 

The vacant building at 169-1171 Adams St. in Dorchester will be converted into a five-story, transit-oriented condo development with 29 units. They will be a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, five of which will be income restricted. 

Located close to public transportation, the project includes inside and outside bicycle parking and is within walking distance to the MBTA’s Mattapan Trolley service, local bus routes, a supermarket and other retail locations. The project’s developers will contribute $7,975 to the city’s bikeshare program and subsidize residents’ access to the city’s Bluebike program for three years, as well as MBTA passes for their first month of residence. 

According to the filing, project developers will also contribute $29,000 to Boston’s Parks & Recreation Department, as well as $21,000 to the Gavin House in support of Eileen’s House for Women which is a residential treatment facility for substance abuse recovery. 

In Mission Hill, a new mixed-use development at 804-812 Huntington Ave. will add two new buildings to a vacant site with an all-electric residential building that will also support electric vehicles. 

The first will house 23 homeownership units, four of which will be designated as income restricted. They will be a mix of studios, along with one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. The second building will contain office, lab and research and development space. There will also be retail space on the ground floor. 

The fourth project the agency approved this month includes the building of a new four-story building at 582 Cambridge St. in Allston. The 19 homeownership units, including three that are income restricted and will be a mix of one, one-and-a-half and two bedrooms. The building includes bike storage and is close to the MBTA Green Line and several bus routes. 

Like the other projects, the developer will contribute to city programs, including $5,225 to the city’s bikeshare system and $15,000 to support Ringer Park and other open space near the project and give new residents a one-year MBTA pass.

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