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Dorchester's Dot Block Design Takes Big Step Forward

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The ginormous development that is Dot Block at the convergence of Meeting House Hill, Jones Hill, and Savin Hill in Dorchester took a giant step forward earlier this week: The Boston Civic Design Commission unanimously signed off on RODE Architects' plans for the multi-building project, one of the biggest proposed for Boston. What, exactly, will it include? Current plans on file with the Boston Redevelopment Authority call for the Dot Block to include eight four-story residential buildings with eight units apiece; a five-story, 50-unit residential building; and "several" five- to six-story buildings with residences and retail. There would also be an additional parking garage of some 450 spaces, with 22 more spots on a covered lot nearby. All totaled, we're talking about around 450 apartments (and presumably condos) as well as 72,000 square feet of retail.

With the design commission's O.K., final city approvals could come in the spring. Developer Atlas Investment Group is looking to start construction in the summer. Things have been up and down with this massive project, so stay tuned.
· Is Dorchester's Massive Dot Block Development on Hold? [Curbed Boston]
· Our complete Dot Block coverage [Curbed Boston]
[Renderings via Bldup]