Art Park developer chosen

November 15, 2013
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Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Inc. (SMS) will redevelop the Art Park site between Parker and Terrace streets after being chosen from six competitors last week by the City’s Public Facilities Commission.

A Dec. 5 community meeting at Mission Church will allow the public to review the design and learn more about the construction timetable for the City-owned land.

The Art Park area is currently community gardens and a resident-created sculpture park.

SMS’s plan for the site, revealed in August, includes housing, commercial space and varied green space. It includes 41 rental housing units and more than 1 acre of open space, including an “urban farm,” community gardens and an art/playground park. The 7,000 square feet of commercial space would include a “retail courtyard.” The plan calls for 30 car parking spaces and room to park 82 bicycles.

According to the City, 24 percent of the units will be marketed at “affordable” rates. The buildings must also be highly energy efficient under a City mandate.

SMS was chosen for maximizing open space and for positive public comments about its plan, according to the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development.

Among the unsuccessful bidders was a team that included Mission Hill’s Maple Hurst Builders.

The community meeting about SMS’s plan will be held Dec. 5, 6 p.m., at Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St. For more about the plan, see epositiveboston.org.

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