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I dont disagree that looks like shit but to be fair there's very little pedestrian activity there and retail would fail there pretty quickly
I mean, it literally could be anything else... a mural, an indent in the brick, a fake window... This looks like a back alley.
 

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I was intrigued by the looks of this and wanted to see what the project was going to look like. Looks like some more high quality brick work is coming to Roxbury. Good to see.

“The Cruz Development Corporation’s 280-290 Warren Street project will include 95 units of moderately affordable housing, along with retail and office space for Cruz Development’s 45 employees, near the Washington Park Mall. The project will include 44 elder units and 102 on-site parking spaces.






https://www.baystatebanner.com/2017/01/04/developers-looking-to-build-1100-units-in-roxbury/
 

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Just a garage door and a blank wall on the "main shopping" road???
the other half to the right of this will contain retail space though so… it could’ve been worse lol
 

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Great to see greater density coming to this bus corridor (two of the fare free buses go by here).
 

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I dont disagree that looks like shit but to be fair there's very little pedestrian activity there and retail would fail there pretty quickly
It has always amazed me how little foot traffic there is on Washington St. on that block. It really speaks to the overall degradation of the immediate area wrought by "urban renewal", both Melania Cass and the projects. Also, Jim Rice field is criminally under used by the community, while being overused by the criminals. Walking that block at night, you really have to act like you know.
 

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I was intrigued by the looks of this and wanted to see what the project was going to look like. Looks like some more high quality brick work is coming to Roxbury. Good to see.

“The Cruz Development Corporation’s 280-290 Warren Street project will include 95 units of moderately affordable housing, along with retail and office space for Cruz Development’s 45 employees, near the Washington Park Mall. The project will include 44 elder units and 102 on-site parking spaces.






https://www.baystatebanner.com/2017/01/04/developers-looking-to-build-1100-units-in-roxbury/
Really not a fan of the cheap mansard roof look.
 
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30-condo building approved for Nubian Square


“The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a developer's proposal to replace a laundromat at 16 Taber St. at Harrison Avenue with a six-story condo building.”

“Klaus Kimel's $11.3-million proposal for 16 Taber St. also calls for ground-floor retail space and a garage with space for five cars in the proposed building, located about a block from the Nubian Square bus station…”
https://www.universalhub.com/2022/30-condo-building-approved-nubian-square
 

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30-condo building approved for Nubian Square


“The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a developer's proposal to replace a laundromat at 16 Taber St. at Harrison Avenue with a six-story condo building.”

“Klaus Kimel's $11.3-million proposal for 16 Taber St. also calls for ground-floor retail space and a garage with space for five cars in the proposed building, located about a block from the Nubian Square bus station…”
https://www.universalhub.com/2022/30-condo-building-approved-nubian-square
"Board Chairwoman Christine Araujo voted for the project, but said she is concerned that Nubian Square is seeing a lot of development, with projects all saying they don't need anywhere near the parking required by zoning and that at some point, the area might be overwhelmed with cars and no place to put them - which she said would be an issue not just for residents, but for businesses that rely on parking turnover for their customers."

I just cannot believe she is still the chair of the ZBA....
 

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Approved, but another masterclass in bad faith from Chairwoman Araujo.

In August 2021:

Board Chairwoman Christine Araujo cast the dissenting vote because the proposal did not include any three-bedroom units in a neighborhood she said was in desperate need of family housing.

In January 2022:

Despite the addition of family units, however, Araujo again voted against the proposal, this time because the building has no on-site parking, in a neighborhood she said will soon face a "crunch" because so many projects are being proposed there with no parking.

Developer reaches an agreement to provide parking for residents. Not good enough says Araujo:

Araujo said that means residents could be forced into on-street competition with residents and customers of all the other developments in the area that would be coming online by then

Good stuff as always from the ZBA!
 

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Developer proposes energy-efficient small-unit residential building on Fort Hill behind mosque


“A Roxbury developer today filed plans with the BPDA for a seven-story building with 46 "compact" apartments and one condo on Elmwood Street at Roxbury Street, behind the Islamic Society of New England Cultural Center…”

https://www.universalhub.com/2022/developer-proposes-energy-efficient-small-unit




Developers Receive Funding for Boston Development
The NHP Foundation and Urbanica are building 60 mixed-income units.


“The NHP Foundation (NHPF) has received key financing for a new mid-rise development that will feature 60 mixed-income housing and seven live/work units affordable to households earning between 30% and 120% of the area median income in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston…”

https://www.housingfinance.com/developments/developers-receive-funding-for-boston-development_o
 

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I wish that the windows on the top floor of 1950 on the Washington Street facade either better mimicked the height and style of those on the lower floors or that the top floor was just more radically different architecturally from the lower floors. Currently, the addition takes some architectural cues from the original building (same general proportions) but the differences are glaring enough that it's hard to reconcile. Congress Square worked well where the upper floors are so radically different the original building that it seemed to work better. Also the ground floor at 1948 is crying out for a mural or something.
 

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