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Dorchester Center’s 3 Aspinwall to include 34 condos as well as sidewalk improvements

Project replaces the long-vacant Nelson Manor nursing home near the Shawmut T stop

A rendering of a four-story condo building in Dorchester. Rendering via RODE Architects

The long-vacant Nelson Manor nursing home at 3 Aspinwall Road in Dorchester Center will be replaced with a condo complex under a proposal that the Boston Planning and Development Agency has approved.

Boston-based developer Solmon Chowdhury plans to construct 34 condos at the 17,812-square-foot site, including four that will be income-restricted. About 7,800 square feet of open space will surround the four-story building. The project is also due to include on-site and off-site parking for 29 vehicles as well as bicycle parking in the basement.

Chowdhury said in a June 2019 filing for 3 Aspinwall that the development would also encourage “alternative modes of transportation” through said bike storage and through the development’s proximity to the Shawmut stop on the Red Line.

The developer is also contributing $20,000 for transportation-related improvements along the Washington Street corridor, including better sidewalks.

As for the RODE Architects design, “great care was given to respecting the area’s as-built conditions and adjacency to Washington Street,” the June filing said. “As a result, the proposed building has been designed and scaled to compliment the existing residential neighborhood along Aspinwall Road, the busy thoroughfare of Washington Street, and the area’s ongoing multifamily residential development.”

BPDA approved the project August 15. Construction could start next summer, Chowdhury said. Stay tuned.