92-unit housing build-out plan for Dot Ave./Hancock Street block

Developers and architects introduced a 92-unit residential housing plan that would replace a forlorn industrial block between Dorchester Avenue and Hancock Streets to the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association Planning Committee on Tuesday night.

The briefing was the first step in a multi-step community review process that will include a presentation to the civic group’s full membership on Mon., Dec. 1.

The complex, still in the design stages, would include seven four-story, eight-unit buildings along Pleasant and Greenmount streets, with one larger 36-unit apartment building sited on the parcel’s Hancock Street boundary. The property would feature one parking space per unit and 52,000 square feet of usable open space.
The development is being promoted as transit-oriented, with attention being drawn given to the nine-minute walk from the site to the Savin Hill T Station. A longer hike to mass transit would be down Dorchester Ave. to Fields Corner.

No stated dollar amount has been given for the proposal.

The project is backed by Boston-based developers at Atlas Investment Group, LLC., including Demitrios Dasco, builders of Minot Hall and Gateway Terrace in the South End. Savin Hill-based Eric Robinson and Kevin Deabler of RODE Architects will design the project. RODE also has designed Savin Bar and Kitchen as well as the 14 units over the so-called “Savin Hill hole.”

Residential development is only part of the puzzle for the parcel bounded by Hancock Street, Pleasant Street, Greenmount Street, and Dorchester Avenue. The Dorchester Avenue-facing side of the parcel will feature a commercial component that has not yet been finalized.

The market-rate residential units are meant to be affordable to working families, according to Catherine O’Neill, who is representing the developers in community meetings. The apartments will likely have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. In the eight-unit buildings, the first two floors will likely have flats, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with duplexes on third and fourth floors with two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

The planning committee meeting follows a series of conversations with elected officials, the mayor’s office, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Because of its size, the project falls under the BRA’s designation as an Article 80 large project. Pending community approval, the developers hope to break ground on the project in spring 2015. Members of neighboring civic associations attended the Monday night meeting at Savin Hill Apartments, including leaders from Jones Hill and Meetinghouse Hill.

The project will be formally unveiled in front of the entire Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association on Monday, Dec. 1 at the Little House on East Cottage Street at 7 p.m. The mayor’s office is also planning a meeting for immediate abutters, according to O’Neill.