BRA still reviewing 3353 Washington St. project, changes possible

July 22, 2016
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) is still reviewing the 3353 Washington St. project and changes might come to it, according to spokesperson Nick Martin.

Martin said in an email BRA staff met with the developer, Mordechai Levin, to discuss the density bonus that is being proposed as part of the Plan: JP/Rox study. That density bonus allows a developer to build a denser development in exchange for having more affordable housing.

“Our urban design staff continues to review the project, and the design may change based on the community’s feedback and that of our urban design staff,” said Martin. “I’m told that the developer plans to host meetings with a couple of community groups in the near future, and we could decide to host a third BRA-sponsored community meeting, although we have yet to decide that.”

Levin has proposed an $18 million mixed-use development at the intersection of Washington and Green streets.

Levin is a well-known developer in Jamaica Plain who was behind the development of the Stop & Shop and the new Martha Eliot Health Center building in Jackson Square. His current proposal calls for a 46,695-square-foot building at 3353 Washington St. that would have six stories and include 44 residential units with about 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. It would also have 24 parking spaces at the rear of the building.

The new building would consist of four residential floors over a ground-floor level, and would contain a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom rental units, some with private outdoor terraces. The plans also call for interior storage for around 20 bicycles. The proposed building would contain seven affordable housing units on site.

As part of the project, two existing buildings would be demolished and five parcels of land would be combined into one. The project will need several variances, including for exceeding height limit and for not meeting the minimum parking requirement.

The BRA has held two community meetings on the project, the last taking place June 7.

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