Multifamily Community Planned on Former Industrial Area in Southie
- Apr 06, 2015
Several adjacent industrial properties located on a five-acre parcel near Andrew Square in Southie will be replaced by a housing complex by a team of development companies operating under the name DJ Properties LLC.
According to the Boston Herald, a joint venture between Core Investments Inc. and Ad Meliora LLC plans to completely transform the corner of Old Colony Ave. and Dorchester St., which had previously housed a printing company, a transmission shop and other light industrial facilities. DJ Properties currenty owns the site, according to Ad Meliora’s website.
The project, which is yet to be named, was designed by Cambridge-based Prellwitz Chilinski Associates—the same architecture company who worked on the conceptual plans for two adaptive reuse projects near Boston, Parkside on Adams and Ames Shovel Works. Project plans call for six mid-size apartment buildings and two residential towers of up to 21 floors each that will include a combined 700 housing units, as well as garages and surface parking lots for nearly 600 vehicles. Additionally, DJ Properties plans to create a one-acre public park, along with almost a mile of new sidewalks that will make the complex a veritable walkable community.
Reportedly, the project’s commercial component would include 76,000 square feet of street-level retail space, of which 20,000 square feet will be occupied by a grocery store. Since the project is set to be constructed in phases, the development team will start with the construction of the public park and the grocery store.
The project is currently in pre-approval stages, and the development team is working on rezoning the land.
Rendering credits to Prellwitz Chilinski Associates