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What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

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BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL: First Look – Massive Mixed-Use Residential Village Proposed In South Boston

October 21, 2015

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BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL: First Look – Massive Mixed-Use Residential Village Proposed In South Boston

The developers proposing a massive mixed-use residential village in South Boston have filed additional documentation with the city, and included in the document is a first look at the project’s vision and design.

Boston-based developer DJ Properties LLC, led by David Pogorelc, Jan Steenbrugge and Tim Mackie, has proposed an 894,600-square-foot mixed-use project called Washington Village. The project’s architect is Cambridge-based Prellwitz Chilinski Associates and Halvorson Design Partnership Inc. is the landscape architect.

The 4.89-acre project site is bounded by Damrell Street, Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street. It would include 656 residential units, 98,600 square feet of retail space, 440 below-ground garage parking spaces and 120 surface parking spaces, 42,500 square feet of open space and new streets, pedestrian paths, plazas and landscaped open spaces.

“The project will transform a mostly vacant, underutilized site into a vibrant mixed-use village that will be a natural extension of the surrounding South Boston neighborhood,” DJ Properties LLC wrote in its filing to the BRA. “The nature of the project will improve the quality of life for existing residents by providing a variety of neighborhood retail stores and a range of complementary housing options. The project’s housing component is intended to provide a diversity of options for a variety of income levels, including local residents seeking to downsize but stay within the South Boston neighborhood as well as new renters and/or buyers seeking to establish roots and be a part of the Andrew Square community.”

Retail is expected to include grocery store, neighborhood convenience retail such as a pharmacy, full-service restaurant and cafe uses with outdoor seating.

  • Building A: 64 units, 25,800 square feet of retail
  • Building B: 60 units, 11,300 square feet of retail
  • Building C: 205 units, 19,000 square feet of retail
  • Building D: 249 units, no retail
  • Building E: 46 units, 36,000 square feet of retail
  • Building F: Eight units, 2,900 square feet of retail
  • Building G: Six units, no retail
  • Building H: 18 units, 3,600 square feet of retail

“In addition to the site’s future residences, the development will also be a destination for shoppers in the surrounding area, offering services and retail shops, mixed with outdoor dining, pedestrian plazas and landscaped open spaces,” DJ Properties LLC wrote in its filing to the BRA. “This introduction of major community-oriented retail opportunities will allow existing nearby residents to walk to retail stores that do not currently exist within walking distance, reducing the surrounding neighborhood’s dependence on vehicular traffic to access basic retail services such as grocery shopping.”

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