Forest Hills project heads to ZBA

“The Residences at Forest Hills” project will appear before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals on June 27, according to Inspectional Services Department spokesperson Lisa Timberlake. ISD oversees the ZBA.

“The Residences at Forest Hills” was submitted to Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last year in a project notification form (PNF) by Criterion Development Partners and was approved by the BPDA board in January.

The project will contain 250 residential rental units, 5,500 square feet of retail space, and 140 parking spaces. Fifty of the units will be marked as affordable, which is more than required under the City’s affordable-housing policy. The project site’s current use is a parking lot, which is used by commuters for the MBTA.

The project design is composed of three main buildings: the building facing Washington Street will provide five stories of residential units over ground floor retail space, and the two buildings behind that will provide six stories of residential units with one building tapering to five stories where it is closest to Tower Street and Orchardhill Road.

Units will be a mix of studios, one- two- and three- bedroom units, three bedroom townhouses, an artist live/work housing unit, and units consisting of three bedrooms with private bathrooms and common living and dining space.

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