A developer based in Bay Village has proposed replacing the block that now houses Dragon Chef, Bob's Pita Market, Delicious Yogurt and a performance space with a six-story, 39-unit residential building on Washington Street in Roslindale Square, between the Roslindale Community Center/RMV and Basile Street.
In plans filed today, Arx Urban, a "socially minded" and "generationally focused" developer, said the new building would include both ground-floor retail space and "a community theater space," in the basement, which it says it expects to lease to CSZ Boston, which uses the rear of the current building for its Rozzie Square Theater - where it held improv comedy shows in the before times and hopes to again.
Arx says at least five of the units will be rented or sold as affordable, and that it is trying to secure state and city subsidies to increase the number of affordalbe units. The company notes that only about 12% of the units in Roslindale are now considered affordable, compared to 19% citywide. The units in the building would range from studios to two-bedrooms.
Arx is proposing space for 47 bicycles, but no parking spaces - although it says it has begun negotiating with nearby property owners to provide parking if needed. It notes that Washington Square has a dedicated morning bus/bike lane to Forest Hills.
Unlike the theater space, Arx does not specify who would rent the new building's rental space.
By removing the existing structure, the proposed Project will have the opportunity to reformat the retail layouts to better cater to the needs of existing and future tenants and blend into the existing mixed-use fabric within the Community Commercial zoned district.
The proposal is the latest in recent years to slowly transform Roslindale Square. Completed projects include the renovation of the old trolley substation into a beer garden, with apartments wrapped around it, and the addition of two floors of apartment above the building where Chilacates is now. Wallpaper City is having two residential floors added, there's a similar proposal for another low-rise building a couple doors down Poplar from that. Condos went in at the rear of the Taft Hill municipal lot and another developer wants to put up more condos on the other side of the parking lot, next to the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center.
Plans and info on public meetings.