Commons at Forest Hills comment period extended

September 13, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—Developers for the Commons at Forest Hills project proposed at 3593-3615 Washington St. and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) have extended the community comment period to Oct. 11. A second community meeting has been scheduled for Thurs., Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at English High School.

The developers, John M. Corcoran and Company and The Brennan Group, would not commit to any specific project changes, including community requests for bigger units and a greater percentage of affordable units.

“We were delighted to support the community’s recommendation that the comment period be extended. We continue to listen and to welcome constructive suggestions and productive conversations as we work through the process,” developer spokesperson Connie Kastelnik told the Gazette this week.

Currently, the 280-unit development proposes 10 three-bedroom units and 37 affordable units, or 15 percent. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council asks that residential developments in the neighborhood have at least 25 percent affordable units.

For 100 years the approximately 3-acre site was used as a petroleum product distribution depot for former owner Hughes Oil. Environmental cleanup of the soil is nearing completion, according to the developers.

The BRA is accepting public comments on the project at tylern.bra@cityofboston.gov or 617-918-4349.