Developers are looking to turn a vacant lot on Washington Street near the city line with Malden into a 94-unit apartment complex.
The proposal at 2 Washington St. is under review by the city's Planning Board, which received an initial presentation in late July. The plans call for a five-story building with 94 units, 132 parking spaces, and 2,200 square feet of ground level retail space to be developed on the 2.4-acre lot, located less than a quarter-mile from the Oak Grove MBTA station. Nine of the units will be designated affordable housing.
The development would abut a string of single-family and multi-family homes along Brazil Street, and the plans propose the construction of a retaining wall between the development and the residential street.
The proposal is the most recent in a surge of dense development near the Malden line that is part of Melrose's Smart Growth District. The 550-unit Oak Grove Village was completed in 2009, and the 212-unit Alta Stone Place is partially open and under construction.
The Planning Board will visit the site Wednesday Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m., and a special meeting to discuss the proposal will be held Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:45 p.m., said Adam Duchesneau, the city's assistant planning director.