Developers file 1457 Tremont St. project

April 7, 2017
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Leland and Suzanne DiMeco, a Mission-Hill based husband and wife development team, have filed their 1457 Tremont St. project, officially called “Mission Hill Flats,” with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA).

The project would replace the vacant Roxbury Council Knights of Columbus building with a 40-unit, mixed-use development. BPDA will hold a community meeting on the project on April 11 at the Tobin Community Center, starting at 6 p.m.

The existing site includes two parcels of land, one that contains the existing Knights of Columbus, and another vacant parcel of land behind it, together combining to make 7,334 square feet.

The new development will be five stories tall, consisting of a commercial ground floor and four residential floors. The proposed construction includes 40 residential apartments and three street level commercial units. Roxbury Knights of Columbus will use one of the commercial units in the new development, as well as Boston Green Realty, which the DiMecos run, and one family-style restaurant, which has not been chosen.

The residential units will consist of studios and one-bedroom apartments. Of the 40 residential units, 35 will be market rate and five will be affordable to households earning 70 percent area median income (AMI).

The demolition of the existing one-story building is in accordance with Boston’s zoning code, as it is presently vacant and deteriorating structurally. However, the new development will need to be reviewed and approved.

The developers are seeking zoning relief for a couple points: first, zoning approval is required for the Knights of Columbus; since it is a private club, it needs to be granted conditional use. The proposed project will also need relief from the minimum rear yard, maximum height, and area requirements. Additionally, current plans for both parking and loading are cited as insufficient since parking requirements for buildings near transit are one space for two units, and the development includes only four parking spaces.

The developers intend to build the project to be highly energy efficient, achieving PassiveHaus & LEED certifications. To do this, the building will use PassivHaus construction and will also use solar panels.

For more information or to make a comment about the project, visit bit.ly/2oVEmxQ.

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