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City approves 20-story housing project on A Street in South Boston

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 21, 2011 03:43 PM

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(Image courtesy ADD Inc. and the BRA )


The proposed residential structure at 319 A St.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved a 20-story rental development at the 319 A St. Rear in South Boston.

The $100 million project will raze the current five-story warehouse and replace it with a 20-story 257,000 square-foot residential structure.

Developers, Archon Group and Gerding Edlen Development, had originally proposed a 21-story structure with 184 units and four stories devoted to parking.

Earlier this month Kelly Saito, president of Gerding Edlen, told Boston.com that the floor was removed to allow the group to add higher ceilings to make the apartments more attractive to customers, but the height of the building would remain the same.

The structure will now hold 202 residential units, including 22 affordable units, and 96 parking spaces.

Units will range from studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms.

Archon Group and Gerding Edlen Development will create 27 so-called innovation units at 63 Melcher St. The units will include flexible layouts and share a common area.

The idevelopers will also add five affordable artist live/work spaces and six market-rate residences on the top floor.

The two projects are estimated by the BRA to create 150 – 200 construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs.

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