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Plans Filed for New South Boston Apartment Building

Now that plans have officially been filed with the city, it appears that a new residential building will soon be built in South Boston. The new development will be constructed at the corner of Dorchester Avenue and B Street. Its other boundaries will be West 6th Street and Haul Road, which is otherwise known as South Boston Bypass. Developed by Mark Edwards, the new building will mostly consist of market-rate apartments. However, a swath of them will be "workforce housing" that is priced to suit people with middle incomes. Boston City Properties is tracking the development of this project, so check back here often for updates.

The plans that were filed with the Boston Planning and Development Authority call for the construction of an eight-story residential building. It is slated to include a total of 150 units. So far, 70 of them are expected to be "workforce housing," so they will be offered at lower monthly rental rates. The rates will be adjusted to accommodate people who earn between 61 percent and 120 percent of the area's median income. No specifics regarding how much rent will be have been released yet, and they probably won't be for quite some time.

In the meantime, here's what we do know about the project. It is being constructed on the site of a former restaurant and a hardware warehouse, so it will dramatically change the aesthetics of this part of South Boston. The developer has stated that 97 of the units will be one-bedroom apartments while the rest will be split evenly between studios and two-bedroom apartments. Thus far, there is no plan to include three-bedroom apartments, so if that is what you are hoping for, you are out of luck. The developer has not stated which percentage of the workforce housing would be studios, one-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom apartments, but we suspect that it will be fairly in line with the market rate apartments.

Currently, there is an Ultimate Self Defense Gym at this location. It will remain, so residents of the new building will be just steps away. However, the building itself will likely have an on-site fitness center, if it is anything like the many other new apartment and condo buildings that have been springing up all over the city. The new building will also have retail on its ground floor, so it will be a bit of a mixed-use building in this way. Residents will enjoy easy access to a wide array of amenities and services.

Plans reveal that the building will be highly contemporary and modern in style. It is going to feature a combination of metal, brick and glass. At just eight stories tall, however, it will be downright short when compared with the many soaring residential towers that have been popping up all over downtown and Back Bay, in particular. Although apartments in this building won't offer commanding views, per se, those who reside on its upper floors should still have plenty of scenery to enjoy. We do not know yet whether units in this building will have patios or balconies.

One thing that we do know is that the developer is planning to include a rooftop deck. This comes as no surprise, really, as just about every new residential building in the city seems to have one these days. From that vantage point, however, the deck should afford some pretty nice views. It will also serve as a place where residents can congregate and even throw parties. We have not heard whether or not the building will have a pool. If so, however, perhaps it should also be on the roof. Then again, the developer may decide to add an indoor pool so that residents can enjoy it all year long.

Conveniently, the building is expected to have 120 parking spaces. However, some of these will be set aside for guests. Given that the building will have 150 units, we suspect that those who want parking spaces will have to pay extra for them. We have also heard that there will be rental cars and shareable cars, which we assume means ZipCars, in the parking garage or parking lot. This will come in handy for residents who generally don't need to drive but who occasionally need access to reliable vehicles. Such arrangements are popular in many buildings, and residents really like them.

The new residential building is tentatively being called The Chandlery. This may seem random, but it's not. It is being built on the former site of a maritime supply business, so developers have adopted a nautical theme to pay homage to its history. The business that it is replacing was run by the same family for more than 80 years, so there are many good memories in this part of South Boston for many residents. The building will include a five-foot curved cornice that is supposed to resemble a marine bulwarks. We suspect that many nautical touches will be included in the interior decor as well.

Situated on a half-acre site, the new building will include around 6,500 square feet of retail space, which will probably include a mix of shops and restaurants. As an added bonus, plans call for around 12,400 square feet of multi-level public and private open space. The private open space must refer to private balconies, patios and terraces. Part of the public space will be a huge, central courtyard that will receive a lot of sunshine by day. It is sure to become a popular place to gather and hang out among residents once the building opens.

People who already live in this part of South Boston will be happy to know that the project will also bring many improvements to nearby streetscape elements. A new pedestrian plaza is also going to be built. By the time all of this work is done, this section of South Boston will look a lot different. Most people are already saying that it will be a massive improvement, as the old restaurant on the site has been closed for some time, and the warehouse lends the area a bit of an industrial feel. The residential tower will make this part of the city more welcoming.

We have also learned that the developers will seek a Silver LEED certification, so they are clearly trying to build a highly energy efficient building. This is great for residents, as it means that they should have pretty low utility bills. Achieving Silver LEED certification is not easy, but it pays off in the long run as these types of buildings run more efficiently. Residents and owners alike will save a lot of money in the long run, and those who live there will be more comfortable as the building will be exceptionally well insulated.

This project is still in its very early stages. However, we fully expect the Chandlery to come to fruition before too long. We have not heard when the developer expects the BPDA to issue a decision, but we don't think there should be any problem. Once it is approved by the city, the developer should publish updates about when construction will start and when the project is expected to be complete. Once we have that information, it will be a lot easier to plan for the future. Before too long, we should have many more details about floor plans, amenities and other features as well.

If you think that you would like to live at the Chandlery someday, stick with Boston City Properties. We will keep updating you about this project, so you can act quickly when the time comes. When it does, use our convenient real estate database to learn current availability for this building. It's the best way to find a great apartment in any neighborhood in the city. We also have experienced real estate agents in Back Bay who can take you to look at apartments in the building when the time comes. By sticking with us, you will always have the support that you need. Contact us today for more information.