February 1, 2019
The development team for Dot Block, a large mixed-use project heading for Glover’s Corner, filed a notice of project change this week. As presented to civic associations in late 2018, the new project expands the amount of green space in return for an underground parking structure and a reduction in overall retail space.
Samuels & Associates, collaborating with Gerald Chan’s Wintergold LLC, envision a four-building complex with a combination of neighborhood retail and restaurant space and about 488 residential units. An underground garage would contain about 345 parking spaces, and 14 parking spaces are expected to sit on the ground floor.
“One of our key goals in modifying the project design was to create more open space and pedestrian paths through the site to better integrate into the surrounding neighborhood,” said Abe Menzin, Executive Vice President at Samuels, in a statement. “Moving the parking garage underground allows us to create a vibrant mixed-use development with lively ground-level streetscapes and green spaces while promoting greater connectivity within the neighborhood.”
No significant alterations have been made in the Jan. 31 filing to the earlier presentation.
Around seven of the residences are expected to be artist live/work units. Sixty-six units will be affordable housing units with a range of income eligibility, according to the Boston Planning and Development Agency. Tenant amenities would include shared work spaces, an above-ground pool, and a rooftop deck.
Down from the initial plan, retail and restaurant space would take up approximately 23,000 square feet, and the new project would have 1.34 acres of open space.
“Overall, the project as proposed will result in impacts that are less than or equal to those of the originally-approved project plan, and it will also include all of the mitigation commitments that were made in connection with the originally-approved project,” the development team wrote in the filing.
Two meetings are planned to discuss the new changes, both at Work Inc. on Beach Street at 6:30 p.m.. An impact advisory group meeting is planned for Feb. 6 and a public meeting for Feb. 11.