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1240 Soldiers Field Road Update 03/17/23

18-Story Tower Approved for Soldiers Field Road Site

has won approval for a 4-building development at 1240 Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. Plans call for a 195-key hotel as well as 528 residential units across square-feet of new floorspace.

Located at the only above grade crossing between Lower Allston and the Charles River, the development at 1234-1240 Soldiers Field Road will provide much needed housing, hospitality accommodations for those visiting the city, and a vibrant public space for the community to gather. The project is designed to act as a gateway, creating an active, pedestrian-friendly connection between the two spaces.

The scope consists of the design of four new buildings totaling 450 rental units, 93 condominium units, and 195 hotel keys, strategically integrating with the key public access features of the site, and working with the City of Boston and Allston-Brighton Community to meet the goals of the new Western Avenue Corridor Re-zoning. Drawing inspiration from the iconic architecture that flanks the Charles River, the project utilizes a language of shifting frames, with a material palette featuring warm wood tones and crisp charcoals. The architectural design creates a cohesive complex with each building retaining its own individual identity. The project will be fully electric, and is pursuing LEED Gold for all four buildings; the two buildings on the 1240 SFR parcel are also being designed to Passive House energy standards.

The site design prioritizes pedestrian and bicycle connections throughout the site and over to the Charles River, including collaborating with the DCR to allow for the construction of a new, universally accessible ramp and above-grade crossing on Storrow Drive. Setbacks between 25-30 ft on all public edges of the site provide space for enhanced sidewalks, dedicated cycle tracks, and planting and seating opportunities. The publicly accessible plaza on Western Avenue, lined with retail space at the ground floor, creates a lively and welcoming open space for the site's residents and the community and provides the opportunity to host farmer's markets, concerts, and other community-driven activities.

In neighboring Allston, plans were also approved for the redevelopment of 119 Braintree St. Plans call for a 12-story, 197,625 square-foot building for lab/R&D use as well as a 6-story, 88-unit residential building on the east side of Everett Street. Learn more about the Braintree St. project here.

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