BRA Approves 94-Unit Multifamily Project at 135 Bremen Street

For decades East Boston was known as a gritty, underdeveloped area in the city’s Innovation District. But as new developments started accommodating a wave of businesses in the area, Eastie turned into a promising neighborhood for real estate developers and investors.

For decades East Boston was known as a gritty, underdeveloped area in the city’s Innovation District. But as new developments started accommodating a wave of businesses in the area, “Eastie” turned into a promising neighborhood for real estate developers and investors.

135 Bremen Street - East Boston

135 Bremen Street – East Boston

One of the several construction projects waiting to kick off in the neighborhood is a $19 million apartment community between Gove and Porter Streets and off the East Boston Greenway. The project was recently approved for construction by the Boston Redevelopment Authority and will be built by 135 Bremen, LLC—a joint venture between real estate developers Joseph Ricupero and Michael Merullo.

Located at 135 Bremen Street and close to the MBTA’s Maverick Square Station and Logan Airport, the apartment complex will be built on 36,000 square feet of underutilized commercial land which is currently occupied by mid-rise vacant buildings and an open parking lot. According to project plans, 135 Bremen is expected to breathe new life into an industrial corner of Bremen Street and accommodate the housing needs of Eastie’s diverse and growing population.

Designed by Charlestown-based Neshamkin French Architects Inc., the project calls for a six-story structure of approximately 127,000 square feet. The U-shaped building will have 94 apartments, including 12 affordable housing units in accordance with Boston’s affordable unit policy, as well as 8,300 square feet of ground-floor commercial space that will include at least one restaurant/retail operator.

What makes 135 Bremen unique among other housing developments in this section of East Boston, where parking is always a concern, is the fact that it includes a relatively large parking facility. As detailed in the Project Notification Form, the apartment building will have a two-level underground garage with 126 parking spaces and 100 bike racks to encourage bicycling as a sustainable mode of transportation. The parking garage will also have a non-stop bike repair station.

According to project plans, construction at 135 Bremen is scheduled to start in fall 2015 with a completion date set for the end of 2016. The project will create more than 50 jobs during construction.

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Rendering courtesy of 135 Bremen, LLC via BRA