Builder outlines plans for a four-story apartment building in Fields Corner

Plans for a new housing development on Adams Street were presented by the Boston Redevelopment Authority at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday evening at the Kit Clark Senior Services Center in Fields Corner. The proposed building would be built at the corner of Adams and Dickens streets, at 252-254 Adams Street and would stand four stories tall. The building would provide 15 individual single and two bedroom units.
Located across Adams Street from St. Ambrose Church, the project would be designed to aesthetically resemble the church and other surrounding buildings, including a red brick façade and greenspace along the eastern corner of the property.
Currently, the property is occupied by four buildings that would be demolished to make way for the new development. The land and each of the four buildings is owned by Patrick Walsh of Dorchester. Tri-Construction of Dorchester is set as the project’s principal contractor.
Project Representative Russell Forsberg said that the building’s design will include many environmentally friendly elements such as a water recollection system for the landscaping and trash and recycling removal integrated into the project’s design.
If the project proceeds according to plan, said Forsberg, construction could begin as early as next spring, with occupancy beginning around the fall of 2010.
“We’re building this building for the people who are there,” said Forsberg when asked by a resident about displaced current residents.
Another question raised by the handful of meeting attendees concerned parking spaces in and around the building. Ten basement-level parking spaces are included in the plans, with an additional three on-street spaces being added as well. Plans for a lease agreement with Zipcar, the car sharing service, were also floated as an option for building residents.
The public comment period for the project began June 22 and runs until August 3, when the comments will be forwarded to the BRA board for project approval. Comments can be sent to Erico Lopez, Project Assistant, Boston Redevelopment Authority, One City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA 02201. Lopez is available by phone at (617) 918-4429 or at