Three projects to bring hundreds of housing units to Allston

by Liz Hughes

The Boston Planning & Development Agency has approved three new Allston residential projects which will bring more than 850 housing units to the area. 

The projects are located at 1234-1240 Soldiers Field Road, 119 Braintree St. and 52 Everett St.

Credit: RODE Architects

1234-1240 Soldiers Field Road

The 1234-1240 Soldiers Field Road project alone will bring in 543 new residences to the area, along with 1.5 acres of public LED space. 

The transit-oriented development will include four newly constructed buildings including three residential buildings and one hotel on two separate but connected sites, according to plans filed with the BPDA. The residential units and hotel rooms will be all-electric. The 1240 Soldiers Field Road site will house a 100% income-restricted residential building that will be a mix of condos and rental units and include ground-floor retail space. The other building at that site will have 395 residential units along with commercial and retail space, which, according to the filing, may include a music venue, office or restaurant. 

An 11-story hotel and a residential building will be constructed at 1234 Soldiers Field Road. The 195-room hotel will include ground-floor commercial space and the residential building will house 76 homeownership units. The residential units and hotel rooms will be all-electric. 

Once complete, the project will also include bike storage and parking in all buildings, new pedestrian paths and public realm improvements to encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel between the development and the Charles River Reservation. One hundred new trees will be planted, and $100,000 will be contributed to the Parks and Recreation Department Fund for Parks toward the maintenance of Smith Field. 

119 Braintree St. 

The 119 Braintree St. project will include two new buildings, one of which will be an 88-unit residential building with 74 units deemed income-restricted and a portion of which will be deeply affordable. According to the filing, the building was planned to “create an economically diverse mixed-use community through a commitment to provide majority income-restricted housing.”

The project is expected to create new public open space and streetscape improvements, including an elevated walkway connecting the project to the Everett Street Bridge, and connecting Braintree Street to Lower Allston. It will also include improvements along Everett Street and pedestrian connections to Boston Landing Station. Additional improvements include wider sidewalks and new street trees. 

This project will contribute $133,206 to the Boston Transportation Department to support the city’s bikeshare system and contribute $88,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department to support nearby Penniman Park.

52 Everett St.

The third project, located at 52 Everett St., will include the development of Allston Yards, which will include 150 new homeownership units with ground-floor retail space. The units will be a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The three-bedroom units will be income restricted. 

Area improvements will include new and enhanced area sidewalks, the contribution of $49,000 to the Boston Transportation Department for installing and operating an onsite Bluebikes station on site and a $40,000 contribution to the Parks and Recreation Department to support open space.

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