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Northeastern University students offer a vision for a Dudley Square parcel

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 13, 2013 09:30 AM

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(Image courtesy Northeastern University)


A rendering of the building designed by the students.

With all the work happening in and around Roxbury’s Dudley Square, three Northeastern University students have created their own vision for a parcel in the neighborhood.

Ryan Matthew, Mark Munroe, and Chris Marciano, all recent graduates of the university’s undergraduate architecture program, designed a series of buildings for the neighborhood that they think can provide affordable housing for young professionals, space for the community’s many families, and even a few luxury lofts.

“We wanted to create a template that could work anywhere,” said Marciano, who along with Munroe and Matthew designed the project for a class. “It’s a mixing pot of urban residences that combine many groups that can come together and make a community.”

Dubbed the Blair Residences, the project uses what is currently a parking lot on Washington Street in Dudley Square for a site. It proposes building three interconnected buildings to house residential units, retail, parking, and common space amenities like a park and community room.

With a special interest in providing space for young professional while still building a community that isn’t transient, Marciano said the plan works to bring different communities together.

“Dudley Square could be the means to stopping this revolving door,” said Marciano. “For Boston to remain strong it needs to retain both its families and students.”

The project comes as a number of developments are proposed or currently under construction in the area including the Parcel 9 project, the Parcel 10 project, and the Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility.

To learn more about the student’s project, click here.


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