Greystar | 35 Garvey Street | Everett

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Greystar in this case is the developer, not the name of the development.


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“Did you miss out on the NIMBY experience at Brickbottom? Have we got an opportunity for you!”
 
I'm incredibly excited about this. There are some really big projects happening in the Boston metro area in desolate places. We are really seeing areas of the weakest chain links begin to perk up.

This is where the biggest transformations will place. It's like Belichick in past years making sure the 51st player on the Patriots roster is the best 51st player in the league. Long-term that is building a stronger spine.
 
Glad to see the check cashing place is staying on the corner.
 
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A few notes:
  • 450 units, scrapped a freestanding garage structure, and developer says near-term execution.
  • This is immediately adjacent to proposed Sky Everett on Spring Street, and provides an activated pedestrian experience/link to Revere Beach Parkway.
  • The new dog-friendly park here is significant public amenity--certainly the largest public amenity proposed among the thousands of other approved, u/c, and recently completed multi-families in the Everett redevelopment area.
  • The addition of this project to the pipeline marks a potential milestone of homes for 10,000 new residents in this part of Everett from 2020 to 2025. If this stays on track, that's more than 20% population growth... in 5 years.
 
Even though somehow a reduction in units and height is an improvement(??), overall I think it's noteworthy that with these changes, the parking ratio is reduced (1.7 to 1.25 spaces per unit) and they actually are not developing an abutting parcel (the previously proposed freestanding garage) so there is a potential for that to be a separate project with more housing and whatnot.
 
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Very encouraging, but these "streetscape precedent" images are truly a testimony to the hubris of the developer.
 
Great project! Hopefully it will be a catalyst for the renewal of the entire area. I admire those who will venture to live there....it's like setting up camp in the wilderness; I can think of few uglier non-residential areas in which to build. I wonder what provisions will be in place ongoing maintenance for such a massive project and for a quiet use of the courtyards.
 
This is TOD assuming the Silver Line comes one more stop west from Market Basket, this will have a 1 seat ride to Sullivan, the Airport, and the Seaport, (and South Station?).
 
Knowing Everett... next week this will be approved and then with a blink of an eye it will be open, exactly as depicted.

Easily one of my favorite projects in the Greater Boston Area. Huge kudos to Everett.
 

If the Pentagon were an apartment building... It's... obscene, but it'll be a boatload of housing so I say let's build 10 more. Though maybe not with so much parking with a decent amount of transit and impending walkability. 564 spaces to 450 units still makes me gag... encouraging that many people and one out of four units to bring 2 cars to this already traffic-clogged area.
 
If the Pentagon were an apartment building... It's... obscene, but it'll be a boatload of housing so I say let's build 10 more. Though maybe not with so much parking with a decent amount of transit and impending walkability. 564 spaces to 450 units still makes me gag... encouraging that many people and one out of four units to bring 2 cars to this already traffic-clogged area.

Yes, ideally less spaces would be great. But you have to remember where this is. There little/no transit service outside a bus. How are people supposed to commute to Boston or Cambridge? 1 space is appropriate for this development, and overtime as the neighborhood matures we will start seeing 0.78 spaces per unit, then 0.5 per unit, and eventually less than 0.25 per unit. But right now, its in an island surrounded by industry. It is fine.

I mean, I guess you are close enough to Wellington but the walk looks like a trip and a half. As this area grows and becomes more mature, we'll definitely see less spaces.
 
Yes, ideally less spaces would be great. But you have to remember where this is. There little/no transit service outside a bus. How are people supposed to commute to Boston or Cambridge? 1 space is appropriate for this development, and overtime as the neighborhood matures we will start seeing 0.78 spaces per unit, then 0.5 per unit, and eventually less than 0.25 per unit. But right now, its in an island surrounded by industry. It is fine.

Commute to Boston or Cambridge? It's a 10-15 min walk from the new location of the new Chelsea station, which generally has 15-30 min weekday frequency and is only slated to go down with commuter rail modernization. Silver Line is a 20 min walk for folks going to downtown or Seaport. 0.5 spaces per unit is absolutely achievable today without cutting into the viability of the building.
 
Commute to Boston or Cambridge? It's a 10-15 min walk from the new location of the new Chelsea station, which generally has 15-30 min weekday frequency and is only slated to go down with commuter rail modernization. Silver Line is a 20 min walk for folks going to downtown or Seaport. 0.5 spaces per unit is absolutely achievable today without cutting into the viability of the building.

Chelsea Station is 33 minute walk. That's a bit far. Again, as the neighborhood develops further we will see less spaces in these projects. This isnt in Somerville or Allston. Not only is commute far, but for most people going to the grocery store, basic services, etc will be a bit away. At this time, in such a desolate blue collar area with an incoming white collar bubble forming, the first of many future projects coming will always have some sort of extra to get people to where they need to go. If there were 5-6 of these already here with a public services, a few grocery stores and restaurants, yeah, it would make sense. As anti-car as I am, I would not live in this project without a car. There really is no draw until the area really starts to take shape.

Everett's trajectory is following a very similar model to West Loop Chicago and Weehawken/Edgewater NJ. As they became more dense, walkable and built up, the projects' parking was severely reduced over time. But I really do agree with you, just right now (especially to get people to sign those leases, because Boston has one of the highest/highest vacancy rates of any MSA right now) there needs to a draw to live there.. over say, a more transit oriented area like Chelsea itself, Allston or the South End. Im sure the rents/prices in Everett won't be too far off.
 
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