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94-unit development proposed for Washington Street in Melrose

Posted by Jarret Bencks  August 14, 2013 10:53 AM

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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.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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