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Morrissey Boulevard site would host 600-plus apartments near Red Line

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A proposal for the old Channel 56 site in Dorchester calls for two towers of up to 17 stories

An aerial image of what a development site might look like, and the site is next to a highway. Image via Dot Reporter/Stantec

There are new details out about the plans for the development of a 2.23-acre parcel along Dorchester’s Morrissey Boulevard, right next to the soon-to-wrap redevelopment of the Boston Globe’s former headquarters and near the Red Line’s JFK/UMass stop.

Recall that an affiliate of developer Center Court Partners plans to build towers of 15 and 17 stories at 75 Morrissey Boulevard, the site of the long-shuttered Channel 56 television studios (the 2.23-acre parcel also includes 35-55 Morrissey). The developer had planned to build to 24 and 21 stories, but scaled those plans back late last year in part because of local opposition.

Center Court still plans to build to 15 and 17 stories under details the developer filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency on January 22 (the Dorchester Reporter reported news of the filing first). The buildings—on the old Channel 56 site, which includes a vacant one-story property—would host 608 apartments.

That’s the first phase. Center Court wants to fill out the adjacent 35-55 Morrissey with up to five new buildings with another 1,080 housing units, 86,500 square feet of shops and restaurants, and a 60,000-square-foot grocery store. There would also be around 1,000 parking spots and a new internal road to nearby I-93/the Southeast Expressway. The 35-55 Morrissey site includes a Star Market, a liquor store, and a building housing Beasley Broadcast radio stations.

The January 22 filing with the BPDA kicks off a months-long review of the 75 Morrissey plans. One thing going for them: There is certainly demand for such residential development in Boston. Stay tuned.