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BRA OKs Apartment Tower Near TD Garden

The new 38-story building will offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with a nearby retail element.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has given the go-ahead for a developer to construct a new 38-story apartment and retail tower near the TD Garden.

The board voted unanimously on Feb. 14 to approve the AvalonBay Communities Inc. project—Nashua Street Residences—which features 503 residential units ranging from studio to three-bedroom apartments and a two-story “retail arcade” that connects to TD Garden and North Station.

In 2006, the developer received BRA approval to construct a building with 363 units—a mix of condominiums and apartments. But economic conditions had put the project on hold until recently. The latest proposal was filed in November.

Proponents of the project said at the Feb. 14 BRA meeting that they had met with several neighborhood groups to review the plans and that they had listened when residents suggested they change some of the smaller units to three-bedroom units, giving families more housing options in the area.

The project also features 219 parking spaces.

Construction on the new Nashua Street Residences building is expected to begin later this year.

The company has two other residential buildings in Boston. Avalon at Prudential Center, 770 Boylston St., features studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with rent starting at $2,275 per month, according to the company website. Avalon Exeter, 77 Exeter St., in the Back Bay area, is nearing completion and expected to open this fall. The building features 187 apartment units ranging from studio to three bedrooms.

TheMaskedTruthsayer February 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Just what we need, more overpriced, cheaply-built, cookie-cutter housing units in a conjested, over-crowded, underemployed city. Boston has become NYC with an inferiority complex.
Dan February 20, 2013 at 01:58 PM
This will be a steel constructed building as it's a tall slim tower design and a rehab'ed brick & concrete older building so it won't be cheap. The Rutherford Landing project on the other hand is an all wood design which is cheaper to build. But, with the amount of excavating they did to make room for parking offsets the cost of wood Vs steel argument in my book. True, the interior finishes could be cheap in either project. But, with a rent around 2k I don't think they will skimp that much for either. Look at it this way, we'll have something nice to look out on to across the river with the TD Garden Vs the old rundown building thats there now. It would have been nice to have more parking there. I'm sure being a waterfront building limited them here on what they could do. They do have a major T stop so the need of a car is less. As for Rutherford Landing when you do the numbers for the area around the project the density level is not excessive (inline with the rest of C-Town).
j February 20, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Wow, they want to build a building in a city. What a novel concept.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 20, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Actually Dan, it will be a 38-story monstrosity, another tower detracting from the skyline instead of enhancing it. There was actually a time when the effects of such buildings on the existing skyline aesthetic were taken into consideration but that was before bank bailouts, union-vote-buying-via-stimulus-funding and, of course, prior to the BRA. Whats wrong with the space being converted to office usage? Oh, that's right, the cost of doing business in beantown has quadroopled in the last 15 years and city, state and federal entities have become the largest employers in the downtown area as private corporations flee the city (and state) in droves.

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