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Building with 120 apartments proposed on Braintree Street in Allston

Proposed 90 Braintree in Allston

Rendering by RODE Architects.

Anchor Line Partners, based in Post Office Square, has filed plans with the BPDA to replace a one-story commercial building at 90 Braintree St. in Allston with a six-story, 120-unit apartment building.

Some 20 of the apartments would be rented as affordable, roughly five more than required under the city's current affordable-housing regulations. The developer would also contribute $1 million towards the renovation of the nearby Hano Homes apartments.

The building would have 60 parking spaces.

The site, located near the Stop & Shop and kitty corner from the 75 Trac building, would be in one of Boston's fastest growing areas, where the New Balance complex along Guest Street and the Boston Landing train station are spurring the rapid replacement of commercial and industrial buildings with residential units.

Anchor Line hopes to begin 13 months of construction in the fall of 2022.

90 Braintree St. documents and calendar.

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that have been approved over the last decade for Allston Brighton, very few of which are affordable, somehow are not enough.

As of 2010 there were about 30,000 households in Allston-Brighton, so 1,000 new units a year would be about 3.2%/year, which is not exactly a huge number when you consider that most of the rest of the municipalities in MA (including Cambridge) are building essentially zero new housing. It's not surprising, then, that people are still bidding up prices.

"most of the rest of the municipalities in MA (including Cambridge) are building essentially zero new housing."

It's very, very important to people in Cambridge that more housing for the less privileged be built in someone else's town.

I’d like to see city planners encourage the creation of more places like, say, Allston Village or Fields Corner.

Big buildings in a former industrial area near a commuter rail station don’t equal a walkable neighborhood centered around a commercial district.

Seems to be the magic number for floors.

Above six, current codes require steel framing, which means there's a big jump in price at 7 stories. Doesn't really make financial sense until 10. So nothing between six and ten tends to get built these days.

Europe has proven that new methods of mass timber construction can be safe but US codes haven't adapted yet. Steelworkers and manufacturers lobby hard against it, too.

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If you make the first floor a concrete podium you can do a 7th floor because it's still only six with sticks.

But yeah, it ends up being a no-man's land between 6/7 and 9/10.

You also get into high rise code, which adds more code requirements around fire prevention.

Six is also a pleasant amount for walking by and for the people who live there.

I guarantee you that 6 stories and 16 are both exactly the same from the perspective of a person walking by on the street.

We don't need more buildings for wealthy. Where will working people live?

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All new construction is luxury construction. Why? Because the housing stock is old as all hell here in greater Boston. Modern HVAC, telecommunications, lighting etc is amazing compared to window AC, floor lamps and homes with only cat 3 wire and coax for telecom.

The working people, like me and you, will just keep on keeping on in the old stock of housing. Want to compete with the wealthy for old stock housing? That IS an option, just stop building.

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Just plain stuff.

No developer ever says: "Phase 2 - Coming Soon. Enjoy Mediocre Construction"

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The proposed project is 84,000 for 120 units, meaning the units will be, on average, less than 700 square feet. I'm not sure what your definition of "housing for the wealthy" is but that doesn't sound like it to me. Of course it will be expensive because it's a) new and b) housing is scarce, but you can't fix either of those things without building more.

They're so much less expensive and attainable for working people. They should stop building new cars and just skip right to building used cars.

Damn greedy auto manufacturers!