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South Boston project between Broadway and Andrew stations could mean 21-story building

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It would include 265 residential units along a stretch mostly known for industrial space

A largely vacant parking lot along a busy sidewalk with a squat building in the background. Google Maps

A South Boston site currently hosting a Gold’s Gym and a low-rise industrial building less than a mile down from the Red Line’s Broadway stop could end up hosting a 21-story building with 265 residential units, according to tentative plans filed December 13 with the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

National Development, the same folks who brought you the Ink Block in the South End among other projects, has also proposed constructing 47,000 square feet of commercial space and 14,500 square feet of ground-floor retail as part of the project at 323-345 Dorchester Avenue. There would be parking too.

The developer also wants to include “significant open space, which will provide much needed outdoor amenity space for the neighborhood,” according to National’s filing.

“We also anticipate utilizing areas surrounding the site owned by affiliates .... on an interim basis for parking, events, and other active and passive uses that are complementary to the project,” National wrote, “pending future development of those adjacent areas.”

And Newton-based National can do that. The company has bought up several acres between the Red Line’s Broadway and Andrew stops, a stretch mostly notable for its industrial and warehouse space—but also for its potential otherwise.

A 2016 analysis from the BPDA projected that a proposed rezoning could generate as much as 16 million square feet of development between the Broadway and Andrew stops over 20 years. Stay tuned.