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BRA approves Allston mixed-use project with 80 apartments, start-up incubator space

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 14, 2014 02:10 PM

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(Boston Redevelopment Authority)

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved plans Thursday night to build a $17 million mixed-use building in Allston that will include 80 apartments and short-term start-up incubator space.

The 93,000-square-foot building at 61-83 Braintree St. will also include three community rooms, a 562-square-foot retail space and 67 parking spots in an underground garage, the authority said.

Eleven of the 80 apartments will be designated as affordable housing. The space reserved for start-ups will measure about 1,715 square feet, officials said.

The project, developed The Waypoint Companies and designed by Charlestown-based Neshamkin French Architects, will seek LEED Silver certification.

Work on the project is scheduled to start in June and take about a year to complete, officials said.

Crews will first demolish two low-level warehouse and office buildings on the property that are currently used by plumbing and hardware supply company Thompson Durkee.

The half-acre site abutting the Massachusetts Turnpike will then undergo environmental remediation, officials said.

The developer has committed to making $30,000 worth of improvements to the nearby Penniman Park and will spend about $10,000 to conduct a local bicycle route study.

Officials said they expect the project will create between 90 and 95 construction jobs.

For more details about the project, click here.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at matthew.rocheleau@globe.com.
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