Welcome back to Critical Mass., in which Curbed Boston covers all the major development news in the region every week. This go-round includes yet another plan for redeveloping the Boston Harbor Garage, a fresh proposal for a prime parcel along Morrissey Boulevard, and a new apartment tower for Bay Village. Buckle up. —Tom Acitelli, Curbed Boston editor
We start at the tail end of the Seaport District. Boston officials have tentatively leased a site at 24-26 Drydock Avenue in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park to the Cronin Group to redevelop as a five-story commercial building. The really interesting part, though, is that the developer has agreed to subsidize frequent shuttle service between the Seaport and Roxbury’s Nubian Square as part of the project.
Now to that apartment building in Bay Village. South Carolina-based Greystar Real Estate Partners plans to fill a former surface lot at 212 Stuart Street with a 126-unit building with spreads ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. Construction could start as soon as the end of this month, with an opening in early 2022.
Out to the waterfront now, where the Chiofaro Company has detailed its latest attempt to redevelop the Boston Harbor Garage, which it bought in 2007. The newest proposal—dubbed the Pinnacle at Central Wharf and already facing opposition from the usual suspects—calls for a 600-foot tower with housing and offices.
Back inland, Center Court Partners has also detailed its plans to build towers of 15 and 17 stories at 75 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. 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. The new buildings would host a total of 608 apartments.
Nearby in South Boston, the developers behind a multi-building project at 235 Old Colony Avenue borderlands, including Samuels & Associates, have added dozens of apartments to their plans while subtracting one building. Washington Village is now due to have 214 rentals—and hundreds more condos—in seven buildings instead of eight.
Finally, guess how much the Boston area’s housing stock is worth. Come on, guess. ... That’s right: more than $845 billion, or 53.3 percent more than it was worth in 2010.