Aspinwall Road condo project in Codman Sq. wins city okay

A rendering shows what a 34-unit condominium project at 3 Aspinwall Road in Codman Square would look like. RODE Architects image

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) last week approved the development of a 34-unit, home-ownership condominium project at 3 Aspinwall Road in Codman Square.

Prior to the BPDA’s decision, the proposal had received mixed reviews from the community.

During a public meeting last month, some residents voiced concern that the development near the corner of Washington Street and Aspinwall Road could contribute to displacement and gentrification. Others liked the project, saying that it could promote local business and arguing that overarching policy issues like affordability standards were a citywide matter.

Shanti Acquisition LLC’s construction of the 4-story, 17,812 square-foot residential building will follow the demolition of the former Nelson Manor nursing home, which has been vacant since 1995. RODE Architects’ design will make the building’s exterior look like a collection of individual houses, although there will be a common space in the center. The design also includes 29 underground parking spaces and a bicycle storage area.

Above ground floors will include a combination of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and duplex residential units. In accordance with the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy, four of those units will be reserved as income-restricted.

According to the BPDA, the approval is expected to bring a $10 million investment to Dorchester, create 40 construction jobs, and provide $40,000 in community benefits between transportation and infrastructure improvements to nearby Codman Square Park.

The BPDA has approved several other development projects in neighborhoods across the city, which the board says is part of an effort to provide “new market-rate and income-restricted residential units, economic development and jobs.”