PNF filed for Goddard House project

November 13, 2015
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Developers have filed a project notification form (PNF) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to renovate and expand the former Goddard House property at 201 S. Huntington Ave. into more than 150 units.

The developers, Eden Properties and Samuels & Associates, had filed their letter of intent earlier this year.

The BRA will hold a community meeting for the project on Nov. 23, as part of the Article 80 review.

The project consists of the rehabilitation and expansion of the existing, and currently vacant, 1926 building. The preservation of the Goddard House building is defined as an “exceptional public benefit,” according to the S. Huntington Avenue corridor study conducted by the BRA in 2013.

The project also includes the construction of a free-standing, multi-family residential building to create a total of 167 dwelling units.

Additions to the Goddard House will be four stories tall, and the new building height will vary from four to six stories. A shadow analysis of the additions shows that shadow impacts to the area will be minor, according to the PNF.

Approximately 110 dwelling units will be in the renovated Goddard House building and approximately 57 will be in the new building. The development will include covered and secure bike storage for 170 bicycles and 83 parking spaces. The PNF cites statistics about Boston renters’ low rates of car ownership to justify the disproportionate amount of parking spots to dwelling units.

Fifteen percent of the market rate units in the project will be set aside as affordable housing for moderate and middle-income households consistent with the City’s affordable-housing policy.

The Goddard House nursing home controversially ceased operations on Sept. 8, 2012, and has remained vacant since. The building was constructed in 1927 and housed about 100 seniors. Goddard House still operates a nursing home in Brookline.

The project is anticipated to start construction in summer 2016.

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