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East Boston waterfront project would replace parking lots, buildings with 64 condos

There could be yoga, too

In yet another sign of a changing East Boston, Brookline-based developer City Realty Group has proposed replacing auto shops and a parking lot along Border Street with 64 condos as well around 1,200 square feet of commercial space and an art gallery in the building’s lobby.

The development would involve the demolition of buildings from 301 to 323 Border Street. The condo complex to rise in their stead would be comprised of 37 2-BRs, 17 1-BRs, nine 3-BRs, and one studio, plus features such as a shared roof deck, a gym, ample bike storage, and 42 interior parking spots. Also, about half of the condos would have their own decks.

As for the commercial space on the ground floor, City Realty is looking for a yoga studio or a juice bar—or some such hipper retailer—to fill it. The idea is that businesses like that will bring the condo buyers to a stretch of Border Street decidedly, let’s say, non-gentrified currently.

The city is reviewing the plans. Should the developer get the necessary green lights, construction could start in the spring of 2017 and wrap in the fall of 2018. Stay tuned.