New residential building with plenty of bicycle space proposed for Bowdoin Street

Rendering of 120 Bowdoin St.

Rendering by Vanko Studio Architects.

Shanti Acquisition has proposed a 35-unit residential building on what is now a vacant lot at 120 Bowdoin St., next to the Star 50 market at the intersection with Geneva Avenue.

All of the units in the $8-million, five-story building would have one bedroom. Five would be rented as affordable. The filing with the BPDA does not specify if they would be rented as apartments or sold as condos.

Shanti's owners, Solmon and Rokeya Chowdhury of Dorchester, who split their time between restaurants and development, are proposing space for 117 bicycles - or more than three for every unit. A garage would also have room for three electric vehicles, but none for gas-powered vehicles. The Zoning Board of Appeal would have to grant a variance, because the zoning for the 11,000-square-foot lot would otherwise require 53 car parking spaces.

120 Bowdoin St. filings and schedule.


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