New housing proposed in and behind Fox Hall in Uphams Corner; existing SRO tenants would get their own studio apartments

Rendeirng of proposed Uphams Corner building

Rendering of proposed new Uphams Corner residences. Source.

A Hingham developer is proposing to put up a new residential building behind Fox Hall on Columbia Road at Arion Street that would include an upgrade for occupants of 15 single-room-occupancy units in the current building - their own studio apartments.

In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, Mike Rooney's JLCD Development says the project would include construction of a four-to-six story building on what is now a parking lot behind Fox Hall, which dates to the late 1800s.

Current SRO residents would get to stay in their existing units until this building is finished, at which point they would be offered studios there, according to the letter from JLCD's lawyer. The company would then renovate Fox Hall's upper floors, while letting existing ground-floor commercial tenants stay in place.

All of the units in the new complex would be marketed to people making between 30% and 100% of the Boston area median income.

The new complex would have 24 parking spaces.

The letter signals that JLCD expects to file more detailed plans soon.

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