The BRA board on Thursday considers a developer's plan to tear down a fenced-off, abandoned old commercial area at 135 Bremen St. and replace them with 94 apartments on six floors, space for a restaurant or shop and 126 parking spaces in an underground garage.
Developers Joseph Ricupero and Michael Merullo say they would set aside space in the garage for both 100 bicycles and a bicycle-repair shop to accommodate "East Boston's growing population of bicycle users along the [East Boston] Greenway path."
The developers add: "This would include a 24-hour seven-day a week free air station."
The proposed units would consist of 54 two-bedroom units, 15 two-bedroom/plus den units, and 5 three-bedroom units.
Some of the parking spaces would be set aside for electric vehicles and micro-cars.
The Proposed Project is unique to the community because it provides such a high number of private parking spaces for residents, and is within walking distance to two MBTA stations, which will minimize community impact from resident/patron parking spillover onto local streets.
If the board approves the project, it will also need to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals. The developers will also need permission from the MBTA because the project would sit atop the Blue Line tunnel.
Ricupero and Merullo hope to break ground in fall, 2015 and estimate construction would take a year.
The BRA board's review of projects begins at 5:30 p.m. in its ninth-floor hearing room in City Hall.
More project details.