Mattapan Infill and Small Developments

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City is weighing four plans for use of key Mattapan site

The parcels — comprising a combined total of 113,695 square feet— were taken by the city in 2010 and 2011 in tax-foreclosure actions. The bulk of the land sits along the MBTA-owned right-of-way for the Fairmount corridor, not far from where a new $40 million station will be built by 2017. The RFP lists an asking price of $1.8 million for the parcels.

According to summaries provided by DND, the four proposals submitted include:
• A plan by the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation (NDC) to create a mixed-use development with 108 rental units and 29 “homeownership units”— all of which will be marketed as affordable— along with three commercial spaces;

• A plan submitted by the Corcoran Jennison Companies for a mixed-use development with 92 market-rate rental units, 16 affordable rental units, and 11,000 square feet of commercial space, along with a neighborhood park.

• A plan by three partners— Caribbean Integration Community Development, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs for Archdiocese of Boston calls for seven market rate rental units, 63 affordable rental units, 5,000 square feet of commercial space, an outdoor recreational area, and “possibly a future pre-teen activity center.”

• A fourth proposal— submitted by Faubert Smith Trustee and 777 Essex Realty Trust— outline a wide range of commercial and church-related uses, including a homeless shelter. The proponents— who list an address on Vose Ave. in Hyde Park— could not be reached for comment.
http://www.dotnews.com/2014/city-weighing-four-plans-use-key-mattapan-site
 

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Hope the environmental cleanup doesn't hamper development of that eyesore. There's some pretty nasty contamination on those parcels. The tenants of those two triple-deckers right behind it on Regis Rd. hopefully get a good deal on rent and don't ever attempt to plant a vegetable garden in the backyard.
 
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
HBI to Acquire Mattapan Landmark


Fowler Clark Farm to be Repositioned for Housing and Urban Farming

HBI has arrived at an agreement with the estate of the late Ida Gertrude Epstein to acquire the 1786 Fowler Clark Farm, a designated Boston landmark in Mattapan. HBI plans to undertake the restoration of the 18th century farmhouse and 1860s carriage barn for residential and urban agricultural use.

Located at the corner of Norfolk and Hosmer Streets, the Fowler-Clark farm dates to the period in which Mattapan was a village of the independent town of Dorchester. The 30,000 square foot property is a rare surviving rural landscape amidst the densely built multi-family homes that came to dominate 20th century Mattapan. The house was built in 1786 on a 35-acre farm for Samuel Fowler whose descendents sold the property to Mary B. Clark in 1837 as a 12-acre parcel. The Clark family held the property for more than 100 years and by 1895, when Dorchester had become part of Boston and electric streetcar lines, followed the lead of many Dorchester landowners and subdivided the roughly twelve acre estate into sixty-one house lots. The remaining property—under one acre – was sold to Jorge and Ida Epstein in 1941. Mrs. Epstein lived in the house until 2009.

Collectively, the house, carriage barn, and half acre of undeveloped land remain among the earliest, intact, vernacular examples of agrarian properties identified in Boston and other urban centers across the Commonwealth.

http://www.historicbostonblog.org/2014/11/3d-laser-scanning-details-historic.html#.VH3S8NLF-uk

http://www.historicbostonblog.org/2014/09/hbi-to-acquire-mattapan-landmark.html#.VH3pjtLF-ul
 

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New life comes to old Cote Ford site
Developers plan for housing, businesses


For decades the site of the former Cote Ford dealership in Mattapan has remained vacant, with weeds growing where shiny rows of Detroit steel once beckoned to Cummings Highway commuters. Now a development team is looking to build housing, retail and outdoor recreational space there, which will abut a new train station on what is planned to be the city’s newest rapid transit line.

The Caribbean Integration Community Development and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Inc. are developing the site together under the name Cote Village, LLC. They were selected by the Department of Neighborhood Development following a request for proposals. The site includes 820 Cummins Highway and 30-32 Regis Road.

The developers plan to create 4,000 square feet of retail space, 42,000 square feet of green open space and 92 off-street parking spaces. They also intend to build 71 units of housing, the majority of which will be affordable to those making up to 60 percent of the area median income.
Twenty-four units will be in townhouses on Regis Street and 47 located in a four-story building on Cummins Highway, according to the intent-to-file letter. Fifteen one-bedroom units are planned, 49 two-bedroom and seven three-bedrooms, according to Alexis.
http://baystatebanner.com/news/2015/oct/28/new-life-comes-old-cote-ford-site/
 

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I really just can't believe four stories is the most we can do here. 6 minimum, and should be been ten.
Not enough demand for that height. Ask most people in Boston where Mattapan is and I'm sure most have no idea. It's not a hot enough market for denser developments and 4 story+townhouses is actually perfect for most of Dorchester.
 

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Not enough demand for that height. Ask most people in Boston where Mattapan is and I'm sure most have no idea. It's not a hot enough market for denser developments and 4 story+townhouses is actually perfect for most of Dorchester.
+1 Mattapan is probably the least desirable neighborhood in Boston.
 

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Not enough demand for that height. Ask most people in Boston where Mattapan is and I'm sure most have no idea. It's not a hot enough market for denser developments and 4 story+townhouses is actually perfect for most of Dorchester.
Disagree... Not at all. First, "most of Dorchester" is among the red line and perfectly desirable especially to people priced out of all the other neighborhoods. And although this is mattapan, I highly doubt there is anything prohibiting a taller building. Seriously - jp was a shithole when they built Perkins tower. Ask the average hipster with a trust fund living in Cambridge and yeah they may not know where mattapan is. As far as being the least desirable neighborhood, aside from blue hill ave mattapan on the western side has a lot of good neighborhoods. Fairly safe and small, affordable houses. There's plenty of people who would move into a building right on blue hill and cummins... If you mean the market isn't hot enough maybe you mean the market isn't hot enough for gross, rich luxury condos. A shitty six story stack would draw plenty of people.
 

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^This looks pretty decent in the rendering but i am 100% positive it'll look plastic as shit in reality. im also disappointed in the height and wish the city would just upzone around t stations like crazy, especially for this site. i love how every single development in boston has to hide its fourth floor in shame - set back, tucked away back there... god forbid we have FOUR FLOORS on a building here... man i am NEGATIVE tonight
 

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An interesting proposal on a vacant lot near the new Blue Hill Ave T station across from the car wash.

 

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There's a shitload of vacant lots by the new CR station and ringing the block trackside down to the Cummins overpass. Some of them are a bit polluted which has inhibited much action to-date, but in total wouldn't take much more transit service increases to hit critical mass for infilling them.
 

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An interesting proposal on a vacant lot near the new Blue Hill Ave T station across from the car wash.

This project is exemplary for why development ends up being done by the well-connected....
 

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