285 housing units could come to Washington St.

June 7, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—About 285 units of rental housing could be coming to an unoccupied parcel on Washington Street.

The former Hughes Oil property at 3593 Washington St. is currently being considered for development for 285, studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and towhouses, retail space and open space, according to Washington Street Business Group Treasurer Andy Schell and project spokesperson Connie Kastelnik.

“Extensive cleanup” of the 3-acre property is already underway, Kastelnik told the Gazette this week. “[But] the developers are still in the conceptual design stage and will continue to share their vision for the project with the community in the coming weeks and months.”

The developers, Braintree-based John M. Corcoran and Company and Boston-based The Brennan Group, presented a proposal to the business group in April to gauge community interest and approval. According to Schell, nothing, including the sale of the property, is final yet.

The developers are also scheduled to present to the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association on June 10.

The proposal included a mention of a 0.6 parking-space-to-unit ratio and a 15 percent affordability rate, Schell said.

The parcel is currently owned by Arborway Corp., according to City records. The Gazette was unable to find a working phone number for that entity.

The lot is located across the street from the former Flanagan & Seaton Motor Car Company location at 3521-3529 Washington St., which is also under consideration for mixed-use development, and the MBTA Arborway bus yard. It currently includes several industrial buildings.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, this article previously described the property at 3593 Washington St., where redevelopment is proposed, as “unoccupied.” In fact, it has at least two tenants.

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