Two developers, including one that rebuilt and expanded the former Arsenal Mall in Watertown, say they will soon file plans for a six-story, 230-unit apartment building with 124 parking spaces along the Needham Line train tracks between Lochdale and Arboretum roads in Roslindale, near Forest Hills.
Boylston Properties of the Back Bay and Velney Development of Medford say the development, on a 2.3-acre lot, would turn "a dilapidated industrial site into a vibrant residential community," and would include about 9/10s of an acre set aside for "highly sustainable landscaping featuring more than 100 new native trees, rain gardens, and pollinator corridor."
The two say they will also upgrade the sidewalks on Arboretum Road to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to get to and from the Arnold Arboretum via a currently unmaintained path that passes under the train tracks.
Because of the size of the proposed project, the project would undergo a more detailed review process than most of the other projects that have been proposed along Washington Street in recent years, including detailed traffic studies and the appointment of a local "impact advisory group" by the BPDA.
18-22 Arboretum Rd. filings.