Skanska USA has filed preliminary plans with the BPDA for the proposed six-acre, four-building mixed-use complex it plans to build with Simmons University off Brookline Avenue as the school moves its current dorms to new space on its main campus a few blocks away.
The Proposed Project will include approximately 2.3 acres of public open space and up to 1.75 million gross square feet of mixed-use development spread over four buildings including residential, community space, retail, laboratory/office uses, and accessory parking. ...
Overall, the Proposed Project’s development aims to create a vibrant nucleus of innovative workspaces, active community amenities, and additional housing and public realm in the [Longwood Medical Area]. It will reinvigorate a long, dormant stretch of Brookline Avenue with retail, exterior and interior public open space, streetscape improvements, wider sidewalks and bike accessibility, and improved circulation for all modes of movement in the neighborhood. The proposed interior and exterior public spaces are designed with a mix of passive and active programming in mind that are intended to be welcoming to all from the Fenway/LMA neighborhoods and beyond. It will draw people onto, into, and through the Site, forge a better connection with the Emerald Necklace, expand on existing relationships with neighboring institutions, and add more cohesiveness to the Site and surrounding context.
Also proposed: Underground parking for 1,039 cars.
The descriptions come from the "planned development area" proposal filed with the agency. This document specifies total amounts of development and offers rough ideas for what the new complex would look like. Under a PDA, the developer and the BPDA basically toss out a site's underlying zoning and come up with an agreement on what can be built.
The developer will still have to file a "project notification form" that gives more detailed specifications for buildings, parkland and other parts of the project.
Skanska says it would build the new complex over a period of 10 to 15 years, as Simmons is proceeding with separate plans for a 21-story "Living and Learning Center" on its campus next to Boston Latin School off Avenue Louis Pasteur and the Fenway.
305 Brookline Ave. filings and calendar.