Heath St. parcel project out to bids

A request for proposals (RFP) to redevelopt 10 City-owned parcels along Heath Street was issued Oct. 6, with a preference for “affordable rental housing or mixed use development” clearly expressed.

The completed proposal application is due Dec. 22.

“We will invite all eligible applicants to present their plan at a community meeting” in January, John Feuerbach, DND’s senior development officer for housing, said in an email. “This is an exciting moment; we look forward to inspirational developer responses to the development vision outlined in our meetings and reflected in the RFP.”

The City’s Department of Neighborhood Development has held three community meetings and a site tour about the contiguous parcels at 9-21 Bromley St., 894-908 Parker St., 58-62 New Heath St. and the parcel at Ward 10, number 02457000.

The 10 DND parcels in question total almost 29,000 square feet. The City acquired them through tax foreclosures and is planning their development as the last stage of the 15-year-old Heath Street Planning Initiative.

The site’s corner at Parker and Heath streets are close to smaller residential buildings, while the corner at New Heath and Bromley streets are close to the Pickle Factory condos and other taller buildings. Community members previously stated that the future development should take that into consideration, possibly stepping a future building down from a taller end to a shorter, residential-scale end.

Information on the project and meeting minutes are available at bit.ly/BOSdndNewHeath. The complete RFP package is available at cityofboston.gov/dnd/rfp.

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