The Department of Neighborhood Development hopes to bolster Dudley Square by finding a developer to transform a vacant lot and parking spaces in Dudley Square into a new mixed-use complex.
Next month, the department will formally issue a request for proposals for a 99-year lease on the land next to and between the B-2 police station, the Roxbury courthouse and the BPL branch, hoping to attract developers who would want to put up buildings up to 12 stories tall with the potential of "a significant contribution of city resources" in exchange for meeting job and affordability requirements far stricter than those set for most new projects in the city.
The city also plans to issue separate RFPs for three much smaller parcels in Dudley Square.
Under the 135 Dudley St. RFP, part of the city's overall Plan: Dudley Square, developers only have to bid on a 1.6-acre parcel along Dudley Street - but are being encouraged to include the current B-2 parking lot and additional land next to it - with the proviso that any plans would have to include dedicated parking for the police.
The bid proposal sets a series of other guidelines and restrictions:
The developer must show how the first-floor commercial space will be used to bolster local businesses and provide employment to local residents.
Proposed apartments must have at least two-thirds of the units set aside as affordable, and with half of those specifically targeted to low-income residents (the city normally requires developers to set aside 13% of units as "affordable"); proposed condos must have at least two-thirds of units sold to people making no more than roughly 80% of the area median income.
The winning developer will also have to submt a plan showing how it would keep its project from leading to gentrification and resident displacement in the surrounding area.
Also, "Neighborhood amenities such as museums, art galleries, bookstores, entertainment venues, performance spaces, artist live/work spaces and public open spaces of varying sizes are encouraged" - especially ones that provide evening programs that would encourage "residents to stay local to the Dudley Square area for entertainment, shopping and dining to support local businesses."
And, "Proposals that include a large green park space will be viewed more favorably than other proposals."
Although the RFP will set a general height limit of 6 to 12 stories, "proposers may propose projects of additional heights if the proposed project clearly demonstrates meeting the Development Objectives [outlined above]."
In return for all this, however, "it is expected that there may be a significant contribution of city resources to achieve these goals."
DND hopes to have its formal RFP ready for developers on July 16, with bids due by Oct. 30.
135 Dudley St. RFP alert (3.1M PDF).