Add another new apartment building to the Boston docket. Developer Boston Residential Group signed a deal today to buy the 3.5-acre site of the Home for Little Wanderers in Jamaica Plain to build a full-service apartment building of around 200 units, plus, of course, underground parking. Whether the 98-year-old special ed building goes to make room for the apartment complex remains to be seen, though the developer's plans call for all-new construction.
The building, at 161 South Huntington Avenue, would be mostly studios and one-bedrooms, with some two-bedrooms scattered about, and there would be some set aside for affordable housing. Construction could start early next year if the Boston Redevelopment Authority signs off, and the architect on the project, local concern ADD Inc., is the same one behind the Goldman Sachs-backed, Portlandia-inspired 319 A Street in South Boston.
The project joins a relative plethora of new apartment buildings under way or planned in Boston. Just last week we told you the big, new Pier 4 development in the Seaport District had set a construction date. And right before that there was the ginormous reckoning surrounding the mother of all recent Boston towers, the development of the old Filene's site in Downtown Crossing. Whether these and several other towers means lower rents for Boston apartments remains to be seen (short answer: nah).
· Developer Eyes 200-unit Apartment Building on Home for Little Wanderers' JP Campus [Boston.com]
· Goldman Sachs' South Boston Tower to Channel Portlandia [Curbed Boston]
· Filene's Site to Be Filled! Ritz Developer Behind New Tower [Curbed Boston]
· Rent Check! Boston Apartment Construction Booming [Curbed Boston]
· Boston's 5,000 New Apartments Won't Mean Lower Rents [Curbed Boston]
· Seaport District's Big New Apartment Building Sets a Date [Curbed Boston]