A local developer, Bremen Acquisitions, LLC, is planning to transform a former auto-repair shop and surrounding parcels into a large mixed-use development.
According to its filing with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Bremen Acquisitions seek to revitalize a non-conforming and outdated industrial use currently housing Gino’s Auto Body on Bremen Street into a development that includes a mix of residential housing and ground floor retail space.
“The proposed project will include approximately 165 residential units, 8,500 square feet of street level retail/lobby space and garaged parking in a building that varies in height between five and six stories along Bremen Street, with related upgrades in public realm improvements, including pedestrian and vehicular access, landscaping and streetscape design,” wrote the developer’s attorney Joseph Hanley. “The scope and scale of the Proponent’s residential program is also intended to further the residential policy goals of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s 2030 Housing Plan.”
With a combined land area of approximately 34,160 square feet, the site consists of nine contiguous parcels of land with a series of non-descript automobile repair structures, one small wood frame residential building, surface parking and multiple curb cuts off Bremen Street.
Hanley said as part of the project his client plans the removal of many of these curb cuts thus creating the potential for approximately 135 feet of new additional on-street public parking. “Uniquely situated across from the Bremen Street Community Park and within a short walk to the MBTA’s Blue Line Airport Subway Station, the Project Site is an ideal location for the upgrade and conversion of these non-conforming parcels into much-needed residential housing,” said Hanley. “ Consistent with the existing residential character of the area, the proposed project has also been carefully designed with certain building and site measures that help to appropriately transition from residential properties along Chelsea Street at the rear to a more prominent engagement along the Bremen Street frontage.
As the proposed project exceeds 50,000 square-feet of new construction it is subject to the BPDA’s Article 80 Large Project Review requirements under Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code.