More Than 1,100 New Boston Apartment Units Approved

Three large mixed-use residential developments in a number of Boston submarkets.
South Bay Town Center

South Bay Town Center

Boston—The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has approved eight new residential projects in various parts of Boston and a community center in Roxbury. Three large mixed-use residential developments in Dorchester and Brighton account for 969 new units, while smaller projects in the Fenway, Mission Hill, South Boston, and West Roxbury will each add dozens of new units. In total, the board’s approval of these projects paves the way for 1,139 new units of housing.

The nine approved new projects represent a combined investment of $478.2 million. Altogether, 1.8 million square feet of development was permitted at the most recent meeting of the agency’s board of directors, one of the largest recent totals.

The largest of the projects is the South Bay Town Center project. The five-building, 1 million-square-foot development will include 475 units of housing, of which 62 units will be restricted as affordable; a 130-room hotel; 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; a cinema; and parking for approximately 1,100 vehicles.

Developed by Edens and designed by Stantec, the project is configured to be walkable, according to BRA. Residents and visitors will enjoy a variety of open spaces, community gathering areas, courtyards, and promenades with outdoor café seating. Edens expects to deliver South Bay Town Center in three phases, with the goal of starting construction later this year and completing the work in the second quarter of 2018.

The board also approved the hiring of Continuum, a Boston-based design consultancy, to work with BRA to re-fashion the agency’s identity. Work with Continuum will get underway next week, and over the course of its14-week contract, Continuum will engage with the BRA to chart a path for the agency’s continued transformation.