You knew the Walmart idea for the old Bartlett Bus Yard in Roxbury wasn't going to take, especially with Mayor Menino against it.
So, instead, a developer has filed plans to a build a large-scale development of apartments, shops, offices and public space for the 8.6-acre yard. Per Casey Ross at The Globe: "If built as envisioned, the project's housing could create one of the most diverse communities in the city. The units would be spread among at least five large buildings on the site, which is on the edge of Dudley Square near a police station. The project would include 194 affordable rental and ownership units, and 129 market-rate residences."
Indeed, Dudley Square is undergoing its own transformation, art and all. Whether the old Bartlett Yard joins in that, though, remains to be seen. This is Boston, after all, and the approval process for the aforementioned project could prove arduous: Each of the buildings will need approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and other agencies, and the developer isn't planning to break ground until toward the end of 2014. Stay tuned.
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