Developer files plan for mixed-use project

February 2, 2018
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Mitch Wilson, who has developed several properties on Mission Hill, has filed plans through New Urban Partners, LLC for a 31-unit, mixed-used project at 9 Burney St.

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) will host a community meeting for the project on Feb. 12 at the Tobin Community Center, starting at 6 p.m.

“This will be our fourth new building along Tremont Street and an exciting project that we feel will bring even more vitality to the neighborhood’s main street,” wrote in documents filed with the BPDA.

“Since 2004, New Urban Partners has been rehabilitating and developing historic, mixed-use and commercial properties in the Mission Hill, Beacon Hill and Financial District neighborhoods of Boston. New Urban Partners’ approach to development is focused on creating remarkable projects by both rehabilitating historic buildings as well as constructing new buildings that support the unique character of the neighborhood’s in which we work. The company develops, owns and manages its projects as long-term investments.”

The 27,779-square-foot building would have 1,900 square feet of ground-floor retail with 31 residential units spread over four floor. Those units would a mixture of one- and two-bedrooms, and studios. Four of those units would be marked as affordable under the City’s affordable-housing policy.

The project would also have six garage parking spaces, 31 bike storage spaces, and a “laneway,” which would be a shared community space.

The project is seeking several zoning variances, including for maximum building height and maximum floor area ratio. The project will also have to go through Article 85 because it seeks to demolish 11 Burney St. The demolition delay ordinance, which is Article 85 of the zoning code, requires a hearing in front of the Boston Landmarks Commission for a building more than 50 years of age while the BLC reviews possible historic preservation. BLC has the option of imposing a delay of 90 days in issuing of demolition permits.

The construction timeline is to start in the second quarter of this year and finish in the third quarter of 2019.

For more information or to make a comment on the project, visit bit.ly/2DNjGjj. The comment period for the project ends Feb. 16.