Construction on a big-time apartment complex in a gritty corner of Dorchester could start this summer and be done by the end of 2014.
The Boston Zoning Board on Tuesday O.K.'d plans for 278 apartments at 25 Morrissey Boulevard, on the site of what Patrick D. Rosso at Boston.com describes as "a vacant trash-strewn lot" adjacent to the UMass/JFK T Station (transit-oriented, people, transit-oriented!). The complex, developed by Synergy Investments and designed by ICON, will have two buildings with 143 parking spaces total. About half the apartments would be studios and 35 percent one-bedrooms, with the rest two- and three-bedrooms (36 would be slated as affordable). Rents could start at $1,500 and run to $2,400.
Twenty-five Morrissey, of course, isn't the only development planned or pined for in this slice of Dorchester known as Columbia Point, an area that one local pol called "a barren spot for so long." Other projects are slated, including construction at neighboring UMass-Boston and a BMW dealership at 77 Morrissey.
· $60 Million Morrissey Boulevard Residential Project Closer to Breaking Ground [Boston.com]
· Game-Changing Dot Spot Aims to Fill In 'Wasteland' [Curbed Boston]
· One Word: Transit-Oriented—JP's Jackson Square Is the Future [Curbed Boston]
· Our Development du Jour archive [Curbed Boston]