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Developer proposes 400 residential units in building off Boston Street, behind new South Bay mall

Developer Charles Batchelder of Waltham wants to replace an old industrial building on Boston Street and a garage on Enterprise St. with a five-story residential building with commercial space on the ground floor - and to extend a road that now runs through the new South Bay mall to Boston Street.

In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, Batchelder is proposing 260 parking spaces in an underground garage and 25 on-street spaces for the 400 apartments or condos and 18,000 square feet of commercial space in a building with three wings.

The letter describes the proposal as "transit oriented" because it is near the Newmarket stop on the Fairmount Line and less than a mile to the Andrew stop on the Red Line.

Through the letter, Batchelder is proposing to have the BPDA designate the nearly 4-acre site as a "planned development area," which would throw out its existing zoning and let him and the BPDA negotiate just what he can build without needing to go before the Zoning Board of Appeal. The land is now split between a commercial zone and a zone meant for three-family houses. Batchelder's letter says the project would not exceed the commercial zone's density and height maximums.

Part of the proposal includes extending District Avenue, which now dead-ends at Jan Karski Way, to Boston Street.

Batchelder is also proposing 1.8 acres of public open space on the site.

Jan Karski Way Extension letter of intent (329k PDF).

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More goddamned traffic. Cripes.

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It is exactly what it needs. More density, more traffic and less parking so that eventually people just give up their cars. Pushing people out to the suburbs is not going to solve the car problem.
And keeping the density in areas that were largely industrial keeps the pressure to build off of the established neighborhoods.

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More housing!

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I want unique and interesting buildings that fit my criteria of good taste, somehow decrease traffic, don't add to the amount of cars in the city, don't make the T more crowded, don't displace any longtime businesses, don't lower property values, and are very well maintained. Oh, and I want rents/sale prices to be equal to that of Albany but resale values equal to that of San Francisco.

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Well, OK, barring that, I just want everything to stay the way it is now. All these other people need to go someplace else ;-)

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I like how the timestamp on the filing still reads BRA.

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"The Boston Redevelopment Authority, d/b/a the Boston Planning and Development Agency."

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A lovely after dark stroll to Newmarket. So the new lux condo owners can take the Commuter Rail to . . South Station.

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Andrew Square.

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The 16 and 17 go by every 15 minutes it seems.

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Traffic is terrible in that area, yah let's just make it worse. Maybe overnight parking allowed in the Target parking.

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"The new South Bay Mall"?
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Did something happen to the old one?

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It’s fancy now.

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And keep the self-absorbed people out of the Dorchester and Southie neighborhoods.

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sailed a while ago.

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These lovely people are no longer self-absorbed?

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I live on Mayhew. This is a neighborhood of two and three family homes with some single families here and there. We are being developed just like everyone else in the city. But the residential development so far has been much smaller in scale-- a nine unit condo building, a twelve unit condo building, etc. 400 units is huge. And traffic is awful on Boston Street all day, every day. This will only make it worse. There was just a big study about the negative health ramifications of traffic on neighborhoods. This will impact everyone living there now and everyone moving in.

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Other than a couple triple deckers on W Bell Flower, north of Boston Street is new large apartment buildings and worn out industrial buildings. The extension of district ave will actually help. I lived on Columbia Road near Dot Ave. Zero legal parking in front my house. I didn't even own a car for the first couple years, then my brother gave me his old civic. I didn't touch the car for weeks at a time. It is more trouble than its worth in that area. But you can walk to everything. It has a movie theater now, in fact. Just stop driving, then you'll love it.

If we don't build more housing at this scale, then you will have people sleeping on the sidewalk in front of your house.

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This is across the street from the Dorchester Historical Society. Is that going to work?

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All these multi-family developments in the pipeline are going to come online just in time for a "market pause". We're gonna see some relief from rental rates in this town.

Wait and watch this happen over the next 2-3 years.

In the meantime, approve every project to overload the pipeline..

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