Writtten by Betsy Walsh Frissora
On September 2nd, at 6:30 pm, the BRA will hold a meeting that is open to the public to inform southie residents about the 135 Athens Street project that is in the initial review process. The meeting will be held at the South Boston Lithuanian Club. Here is the scoop on the proposed development project.
The 135 Athens Street development will be located at the end of Garner Place between West Broadway and Athens Street. The developer leading the project is Ryan Connelly of RMC Development, and the architect is Niles O. Sutphin. The development proposes a new 15-unit condominium building, including 20 parking spaces. Of the 15 condominium units, 9 will be one-bedroom units between 700- 751 sq.ft., and 6 will be two-bedroom units between 919 sq.ft. and 1225 sq.ft. Two of the 16 units will be affordable units. The structure will also include 20 interior, on-grade garage parking spaces.
While the main entrance to the building lobby will face toward West Broadway, the garage entrance will be accessed from West Broadway via Gardner Place.
The building will be 3-4 stories tall and is comprised of attractive red brickbrick, hardiplank siding, decorative paneling, and an attractive Arriscraft stone base encompassing the ground floor.
According to the proposed plan, a larger residential condominium/commercial building called 170 West Broadway will be constructed in the “near future”, which is adjacent to the right of 135 Athens Street condominium. It was already decided and agreed upon by the two developers to share some facilities, such as the widening of Gardner Place to 21′ to accommodate two-way traffic access to both parking garages.
The developer of 170 West Broadway is adding a covered walkway from West Broadway to the lobby entrance of their condominium development. 135 Athens Street development plans to extend special paving from that point to the lobby entrance on West Broadway. Also, the developers of both 135 Athens Street and 170 West Broadway are providing a 5′ wide paved sidewalk connection (between buildings) allowing for pedestrian access to and from Athens Street and West Broadway. The 135 Athens Street building will be set back 5′ from the rear property line to provide for additional open space for Athens Street residents. Other residential benefits include a new fully landscaped area with mature trees, lawn, and shrubbery.
The comment period for this development ends September 10th so make sure to be aware and voice your opinion to Lauren Middleton- Pratt! Email: LMiddleton.Pratt@boston.gov Phone: (617) 918-4317