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Maverick Square apartment development adds to East Boston construction boomlet

Six-story project will replace a parking lot off the Blue Line

Rendering via EMBARC Studio

A six-story apartment building is likely to replace a parking lot right across from the Blue Line’s Maverick stop under plans that the Boston Planning and Development Agency approved on June 13.

The development at 2-10 Maverick Square will include 25 apartments, including three designated as income-restricted. The building’s facade—EMBARC Studio is the architect and MG2 the developer—is going to be designed to be a kind of gateway to East Boston for commuters exiting the T station. Zinc-coated copper will clad the facade.

The project, which needs Zoning Commission approval, is also due to include around 10,710 square feet of commercial-retail-restaurant space. It will have bicycle storage too—though no parking for cars.

The development will be the latest in an East Boston that has seen a veritable boom in building in recent years, so much so that some residents have called for a moratorium on new construction. For its part, the BPDA says the 2-10 Maverick project was approved through PLAN: East Boston, an ongoing initiative to mitigate the effects of development in the neighborhood, including the displacement of current residents.

The project is also a further sign of the decline of conventional parking in core areas of Boston.