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Developer proposes five-story condo building in Uphams Corner

Architect's rendering of 706 Dudley St.

Architect's rendering.

A developer has filed plans with the BPDA for a five-story, 26-unit building on what is now a vacant lot at Dudley and Humphreys streets in Uphams Corner.

The proposal by Greg McCarthy of Charlestown calls for 25 two-bedroom condos and a single one-bedroom unit. McCarthy has proposed 26 parking spaces in an underground garage and enough storage space for 26 bicycles. Ground-floor retail space is also part of the proposal. About three of the units will be sold as affordable - which means buyers cannot make more than certain city limits, and will have deed restrictions keeping them that way for at least 30 years.

In addition to the BPDA, the Zoning Board of Appeal will also have to approve the project.

706 Dudley St. small-project review application (1.9M PDF).



Checks almost every box of inappropriate development. Including . .

- No fsmily sized units, in a neighborhood full of families and adjacent parks/community center.

- Excessive parking on a lot right next door to a MBTA ststion, and on major popular bus routes.

- Bare minimum of affotdable units in an area in desperate need of affordable units.

- Ugly as shit.


Excessive parking? 1 space per unit when the "standard" is 1.5 per unit doesn't sound too bad.

Next door to an MBTA station? Yeah, one on a line with pathetic service frequency.

Description mostly refers to condo and ownership, but one part of the presentation document was talking about rentals. Which is it - a condo building or apartment building?

Unmentioned key point in conjunction with that side-street entrance to underground parking - Humphreys is one-way away from Dudley. Any traffic leaving that building will have to snake through the local residential streets to get to Columbia Road or Cottage Street/Norfolk Avenue - unless the city makes that first couple of hundred feet two-way, similar to what they've done at other locations. It would be good for future redevelopment of the storage building next to the commuter rail station.


It depends entirely on the gender and number of kids. Nationally, 1-in-5 families is only child (and yes, they exclude 2nd-isn't-born-yets); higher in cities. And, in fully half of two-child families, both kids are the same gender.

So yeah, I'm not a fan of the parking (let's get ratios below 1.0 please), but I don't care if it's ugly and I don't care that there are "only" three more affordable units than there'd be otherwise. I am a little concerned that the 3 affordable units aren't deed restricted in perpetuity (if I correctly read a correct write-up).

in Charlestown and Southie, push families and the middle class out. The next to go in Dot will be gas stations, blue collar businesses and mom and pop stores.


Won't someone PLEASE think of the gas stations!

I know right, who needs gas stations?!? Idiots.

"next to go will be gas stations?"

What gas stations?

If you actually spent any time in Dorchester, you'd know there are hardly any gas stations other than on the most major arteries like Dot Ave, Morrissey or Gallivan

Here's a thought: maybe all the family housing got snatched up by groups of singles now cohabiting because there wasn't enough housing (or affordable housing) for single.


Looks good. Build it.


that ugly ass architecture is spreading to Dorchester now.


are not looking for Architectural awards by any means.

For-profit development, especially outside the center core, focuses primarily on reducing cost at EVERY opportunity. Architects who fill this demand, do so by minimizing the labor required for the task. Good design is an iterative process, which requires man-hours and benefits greatly from experience. An experienced designer comes at a higher cost than an inexperienced one. These generic multi-family designs are spit out at a very 'efficient' rate. Considering the speed, it's possible that this actually should get some sort of an award.

These buildings all look like filing cabinets for people.