BPDA approves 50 condos behind Burke High School

The board of the Boston Planning and Development Agency recently signed off on a five-story residential building behind the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester. The development at 66 Geneva Ave., approved on Nov. 17, will have 50 units of varying sizes and 17 parking spaces. Eight of the units will be designated affordable housing.

The proponents first filed an application with the BPDA in June, under the agency’s “Small Project Review” guidelines.

The developers are Solmon Chowdhury and Rokeya Begum, a husband-and-wife team that also owns Shanti Indian Cuisine, with locations in Dorchester, Roslindale, and Cambridge, and the Dudley Cafe in Roxbury.

The site, which currently features a one-story building, has been home to the New Faith Missionary Baptist Church. It is assessed at $3.4 million, according to city records.

Construction is set to start in next year’s second quarter, and cost $15 million.

The project’s mitigation measures include a “more comfortable and accessible” bus stop outside Burke High; $50,000 to the city’s parks department to support nearby parks and open space; $14,000 to support bike-sharing; a dedicated bike room inside; a wider sidewalk; three street trees around the site; a raised crosswalk where Geneva Avenue connects with Bishop Joe L. Smith Way; and a rooftop solar installation.

The project is steps from the Grove Hall shopping center and a short walk to the Four Corners/Geneva commuter rail station on the MBTA’s Fairmount Line. It will be a few doors down from the new community center run by the Boston Centers for Youth and Families that was announced in October. The community center, which will be built on a vacant city-owned lot, remains in the planning stages.

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