The Boston Planning Board has approved the Notice of Project Change for Washington Village in South Boston. The new plans call for the construction of 1 building in place of the two buildings originally planned as Building A & B. The new building will contain 214 residential units, 20,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and 58 parking spaces. The Project’s public outdoor space will continue to include a landscaped park area known “The Green” however this space will now be relocated to the west of the new building.
Notice of Project Change Filed for Washington Village
Samuels & Associates and DJ Properties have filed a notice of project change for Washington Village in South Boston. The change would result in an additional 90 residential units and around 15 parking spaces while retail space would be reduced by approximately 16,600 square feet.
New plans would replace approved Buildings A & B with one single building to include 214 residential units, 20,500 square feet of retail space and around 58 parking spaces. An increase in ground floor ceiling height and addition of one partial residential floor would increase the building height for this new building by around 15 feet. The project change also proposed to move "The Green" to the west of the new building. The relocation of The Green will result in more activation of the streetscape along Damrell Street.
The filing also notes changes to construction phasing on the project. According to the document, the first phase will include only this new building plus around 115 temporary surface parking spaces on the Buildings E and G sites. The development team now expects construction to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2020 with the remaining buildings to be constructed in future phases depending on market conditions.
Construction on Washington Village Expected to Kick Off This Year
Since approval nearly 3 years ago, Washington Village has been one of South Boston’s most anticipated projects. With Samuels & Associates joining the development team late last year, it appears the project is finally set to start construction before the end of 2019. Peter Sougarides, Principal at Samuels & Associates discussed the neighborhood changing development at a CREW Boston luncheon last week.
While most recently Samuels success has come in Fenway, their roots can be traced back to Dorchester/South Boston where they undertook their first project, The South Bay Center. Nearly 30 years later they are back in Southie looking to further revitalize this formerly industrial section of the neighborhood that is ideally located just a few minutes from downtown, with easy transit access. Having spent roughly 5 years working on master planning and zoning for their Fenway endeavors along with gathering and addressing neighborhood input, the Samuels team was more than prepared for a project of Washington Village’s size. Sougarides expressed the importance of working with local residents to understand their feedback on development. These discussions led to the creation of an urban village featuring over 1500 residential units with around 80 shops and restaurants. Samuels also just opened a 1-acre park at 401 Park Drive as part of the Fenway Center redevelopment to bring more green space to the neighborhood.
With this thinking in mind, Samuels entered the Washington Village project by first taking a step back and setting out to determine what the area really needs. With almost 700 residential units plus around 100,000 square feet of retail planned the development team wants to look at how they will attract a variety of residents and create a place that others from outside the neighborhood will also want to visit. Sougarides stressed the importance of getting the retail right along with a need for great restaurants and new niche fitness concepts. A final, very important aspect of the development will be a large amount of open and active outdoor space. These programmed spaces will bring the community together and also draw in others from outside South Boston.
When asked about parking for the project, a hot button issue in Southie, Sougarides mentioned this was one of the questions they are still working on resolving. The neighborhood is requesting around .7 or .8 spaces per unit however in their experience they have not seen that high demand in transit-oriented urban developments. Sougarides expects the first stages of the project to come in around this higher ratio with data on decreased demand then used to justify a lower ratio of closer to .4 or .5 spaces by the end of the project.
The big question on everyone's mind is, of course, when will construction kick off. Sougarides told the crowd they expect to begin work on the first building, low-rise residential to include around 200 units of housing, by the end of this year. The rest of the project will then continue along Old Colony Ave. based on market demand. With Boston’s growing population Sougarides and his team see the demand for these new units however they will closely monitor the market to determine size/type of units and what amenities they need to bring in residents/buyers.
Washington Village Secures $37.5 Million in Financing
The Washington Village development has secured $37.5 million in financing via Webster Bank.
The upcoming redevelopment of five acres in South Boston’s Andrew Square will be transformed into a mixed-use development spanning six blocks. Eight buildings will be constructed containing 656 residences including both apartments and condominiums, 98,600 square feet of retail space and parking for 560 cars. Residences will include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms. 110 residential units at Washington Village will be designated affordable.
Work starts on transformative Washington Village mixed-use development in South Boston’s Andrew Square
Demolition of existing, low-slung buildings has begun at the future site of Washington Village, a $400 million, 735,000-square-foot mixed-use development that will transform South Boston’s Andrew Square, constructing eight buildings as high as 22 stories. Washington Village is one of the first key developments of the South Boston Dorchester Avenue Planning Initiative (PLAN Dot Ave), a municipal up-zoning effort that will transform the Dorchester Avenue corridor, currently a sleepy industrial strip, into a vibrant mixed-use corridor. Washington Village will construct a total of 656 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and 98,600 square feet of retail space, with a 1.5-acre public plaza and green at the development’s center. The development will span five acres and six city blocks. The following are photographs of demolition underway at Washington Village:
Washington Village, 656 new residential units and nearly 100,000 square feet of retail in South Boston, approved for construction
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Washington Village for construction. Located in South Boston steps to Andrew Square and the MBTA Red Line, Washington Village will construct eight new buildings ranging from three to 24 levels high. A total of 656 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and approximately 98,600 square feet of retail will be located at Washington Village. More information about Washington Village is posted below and at the Washington Village website.
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