MG2 Moving Forward with 2 Ford St. Project

Developer MG2 is moving forward with its project at 2 Ford St., and filed their Small Project Review application with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) earlier this month. The filing kicked off the public comment period on the project, which will close on March 8. Public comments on the project can be submitted to the BPDA at www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/2-ford-street#comment_Form.

MG2’s proposed project consists of the development of a 9,409 square-foot site situated at 2 Ford Street in East Boston, the site of the former Nu-Trend tire and auto mechanic shop.

MG2 plans to construct a new four-story, mixed use multifamily residential/retail building, containing 27 residential units, 1,630 square feet of ground floor retail, and 25 off-street parking spaces located in the building’s at grade garage. The garage will be entered and exited on Boardman Street, which has direct access to McClellan Highway and Saratoga Street.

According to MG2’s filing, “The proposed project would create  a mixed-use residential/retail development combining market- rate and affordable housing opportunities in an aesthetic appropriate in scale, massing and design to the Orient Heights Neighborhood of East Boston.  In planning the building, great care was given to respecting the abutting properties, which share boundaries with the site, as well as modifications made during the community outreach process  with direct abutters and the Orient Heights Neighborhood Council.”

The at-grade floor will contain 3,395 square feet of an enclosed parking garage intending to accommodate the needs of the building’s residents with 25 parking spaces and at least 25 bicycle racks.

Floors two, three and four will contain 27 total residential units, with a mix of 12 one-bedroom units, and 15 two-bedroom units.  There will be bicycle parking within the garage, in addition to trash handling and recycling facilities, storage.

MG2 plans to use a mix of hardiboard, metal panels and other design elements.

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