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Washington Village proposal adds apartments and subtracts a building

The complex near Andrew Square on the South Boston-Dorchester border would now have seven buildings total

Rendering of a seven-story building on a busy street corner. BPDA

The developers behind a multi-building project near the Red Line’s Andrew Square stop in the Dorchester-South Boston borderlands have added dozens of apartments to their plans while subtracting one building.

Washington Village will now have 214 apartments instead of 124 and seven buildings total instead of eight, according to a change that the Boston Planning and Development Agency approved in January. The 214 apartments are due to be in one building instead of two.

Recall that a development team that includes prolific Boston builder Samuels & Associates has been planning Washington Village for several years. Construction has yet to start, though nearly all the properties that were on the 4.89-acre parcel at 235 Old Colony Avenue—mostly one- to two-story industrial and commercial buildings—have been demolished.

The site also includes a former surface parking lot, making the planned development part of an ongoing trend in Boston of redeveloping such parcels.

There have been other changes besides the number of rentals and buildings. Washington Village is now due to have 746 condos and apartments total in buildings as high as 85 feet (the previous peak was 70). And it’s due to have 82,400 square feet of retail (previously, there was supposed to be 99,000), and some 663 parking spaces instead of 648.

The developers are also planning public plazas connected by new streets, including new open space along Tuckerman Street to better ease Washington Village into the existing neighborhood. The developers would also plant 120 new trees, and provide space for the South Boston Historical Society.

The first phase of Washington Village is due to be that 214-unit apartment building. The rest come later. Stay tuned.