Written by Betsy Walsh Frissora
The Boston Redevelopment Authority is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, May 7th to review the 488 Dorchester Avenue project, which is currently under review. Be informed on the latest projects coming to your community, and come voice your opinion on Wednesday at the Courtyard Marriot South Boston at 6:30 pm.
The 488 Dorchester Avenue project proposes an exciting new condominium complex with added retail/commercial (and restaurant!) space in the up and coming Andrew Square neighborhood. Looks like developments are officially starting to trickle into Andrew Square. The project is located on 488 Dorchester Avenue, between Middle Street and Woodward Street. The 8.5 million dollar project being developed by R & B Investments LLC (Tom Broderick and Tim Russell) will create over 70 construction jobs, 33 residential units for buyers (with parking) as well as commercial/retail space for the ever-changing Andrew Square neighborhood.
The plan calls for the demolition of the existing single story warehouse at 488 Dorchester Avenue, which is home to Deco Trucking (who is relocating), and replacing it with a brand new 49,900 sq.ft. four- story building “appropriate” to the emerging redevelopment of the Andrew Square neighborhood. The four-story building will contain 33 two-bedroom residential units as well as 33 parking spaces, one per unit. Of the 33 residential units, five of the units will be affordable living units. Each of the two-bedroom units will vary in size, but will range between 840 and 1360 sq.ft. per unit.
The first floor will contain 2,091 sq.ft. of retail/commercial space (some of which will be saved for “new restaurant space”). New restaurants are always welcome in the neighborhood, and Andrew Square could use a new restaurant to continue to bring in business and development!
The outer “skin” of the building will be a combination of brick, metal panels, glass fenestration, and painted fiber cement trim. Construction of 488 Dorchester Avenue is currently scheduled (if it gains approval) to begin in the third quarter of 2014, with a completion date in the end of 2015.
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Just what our town needs – Another “Exciting new condominium complex”. We can hardly control our joy.
You’re right, I would much prefer an abandoned warehouse in a year, maybe the guys down my street selling drugs can move in there instead of hanging out on the corner