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Dot Block proposal in Dorchester adds more housing

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Revised plans also scrap an above-ground garage

Rendering via Stantec/Boston Globe

The developers of the Dot Block development along Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester are proposing more than 100 additional housing units for the long-simmering project, and also want to scrap plans for an above-ground garage.

That is according to a recent filing from co-developer Samuels & Associates. The number of apartments would be 488 rather than 362. These would be spread out over four buildings, and 15 percent of the additional ones would be designated as affordable.

Also, dozens of Dot Block’s apartments would be on the smaller side, per the Globe’s Tim Logan. This would be done under a city program that allows for less square-footage and lower parking requirements—which can ultimately lead to lower rents for the tinier units.

Speaking of parking, the new plans also call for nixing an above-ground garage and replacing it with 1.3 acres of open space as well as a subterranean carpark.

The public review for the new plans is due to start February 5. Stay tuned. Dot Block has been in the works for years now.