Two Dorchester residential housing projects under review

by Liz Hughes

The Boston Planning & Development Agency is currently reviewing two Dorchester projects, which, if approved, would bring 174 housing units to the area. 

The 1320 Dorchester Ave. project was originally filed with the BPDA on May 3, 2021, and calls for the redevelopment of four parcels of land totaling 19,021 square feet. The site is currently occupied by a two-story residential and commercial building, as well as surface parking.

The project consists of the construction of a six-story building with approximately 70 residential units.

The project was originally proposed to include 80 market-rate residential units, 10 of which would be deemed affordable. On Nov. 17, developer 1334 Dot, LLC submitted a supplemental application reducing the number of units from 80 to 70 and adding ground-floor commercial space. Nine units will be affordable.

The development is located close to the MBTA’s Fields Corner Red Line station and conforms with the city’s Compact Living Pilot initiative, which is a residential development strategy incorporating “well-designed efficient space, shared common spaces and amenities, and transportation incentives.”

The proposed development at 900 Morrissey Blvd. Credit: Boston Planning & Development Agency

Over on Morrissey Boulevard, a separate project by TCB 900 Morrissey is proposing a change of use for 900 Morrissey Blvd. from a hotel to a multifamily residential building with ground-floor commercial space. In partnership with the Pine Street Inn, the project, if approved, would provide housing for formerly homeless individuals with the construction of 104 residential units affordable to those earning less than 30% of the Area Median Income. The project will also include indoor amenity spaces, outdoor community spaces and ground-floor office space.

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