A non-profit group has proposed a 13-story, 111-unit residential building on what is now a parking lot next to the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, on Huntington Avenue, just outbound from Brigham Circle.
The BPDA holds a Zoomed public meeting on the proposal by the Roxbury Tenants of Harvard Association at 6 p.m. on Monday. The non-profit runs some 1,100 income-restricted apartments in the Mission Hill area, including the Mission Park development.
The group's proposal calls for 55 income-restricted apartments and 55 condos, roughly half of which would have income restrictions on purchasers.
The building would have a 24-space underground garage.
The filing describes how the building will fit in with the surrounding streets:
A newly imagined sidewalk condition takes inspiration from the "Welcome Mat" concept carried out along Huntington's "Avenue of the Arts" district. An engaging sidewalk, playful hardscape forms, and a lush, vegetative landscape all work together to create an inviting, active, and pedestrian-friendly environment. Benches along the pedestrian zone provide seating opportunities beneath the street tree allée; opportunities for café-style furnishings are provided as well. A handful of tables and chairs can be placed within the streetscape Parklet, a bump-out protected from Huntington Avenue vehicles and enclosed by plantings. Vegetated areas add to the site's beauty and allure and collect and clean stormwater within designed green infrastructure planters. The new streetscape provides a 15-dock Blue Bike station, visitor bike parking racks, and an integrated vehicular drop-off/loading zone.
Accessible by way of St. Albans Road is a woonerf-style access corridor, a curbless environment that blends a vehicular drive aisle with a pedestrian way. This woonerf provides vehicular access to the building's garage parking while safely allowing for pedestrian circulation to carry on simultaneously. The 15'-0" wide drive aisle is differentiated from the pedestrian way with distinct pavement markings and materiality. However, the combined widths of the drive aisle and pedestrian way provide for a continuous 20'-0" wide, vehicularly-graded surface which allows for both firetruck and two-way traffic. The design for the woonerf prioritizes pedestrian safety. The intended condition is one of slow-moving traffic and accessible pedestrian surfaces flanked by plantings. A newly landscaped courtyard between 777 Huntington and 779 Huntington connects to the woonerf, providing for additional plantings and occupiable space.
A sloped pedestrian corridor provides circulation along the western side of 775 Huntington, connecting the woonerf to Huntington Avenue's "Welcome Mat" streetscape. This accessible sloped path meanders through a vegetated native woodland landscape, "Woodland Connection."
775 Huntington Ave. filings and calendar.