BPDA board approves two Mission Hill area projects

November 2, 2018
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The Boston Planning and Development Agency board approved two Mission Hill area projects—111 Terrace Street and a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) new inpatient building—during its monthly meeting on Oct. 11.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) proposal for a new inpatient building at 111 Francis St. is for an approximately 325,000-square-foot building on a site that is 42,700 square feet of largely non-developed land.

This will be the first new building on the west campus in 20 years. The building will have 158 inpatient beds, made up of 128 medical/surgical beds and 30 intensive/critical care beds.

The proposed project will be approximately 178 feet tall and will not provide new parking. The development team estimates that it will provide 80 to 100 new permanent jobs for varying skill levels. A helipad is also planned to relocate from a nearby location to the new building.

The project will provide $40,000 in Parks funding, and $300,000 for pedestrian and cyclist improvements in the vicinity of the Riverway and Brookline Avenue, according to the BPDA.

The 111 Terrace St. project is proposed as being a new five-story development on Mission Hill by developers Mark Blotner and Mark Cabral.

The property currently consists of 11,889 square feet of land, and consists of a three-story residential apartment of 2,732 square feet and is otherwise paved and utilized as a parking and tow lot area. The developers are proposing a new five-story, 42-unit residential building, consisting of approximately 31,862 square feet, 21 parking spaces, and 48 bike parking spaces. The building will have a mix of unit sizes, including 12 studios, 25 one-bedrooms, and 4 two-bedrooms. Some units will have access to private roof terraces or balconies on the second, third, fourth, and fifth floors. Five of these will be affordable units, including two artist live/work spaces.

The project will fund a transportation study/analysis of the Terrace Street corridor, the installation of signage and a new pedestrian crosswalk at the intersection of Cedar Street and Terrace Street, will generate pedestrian access improvements along Terrace Street including widened sidewalks and landscaping improves, and the installation of new lighting along the building perimeter to improve visibility and pedestrian safety, according to the BPDA.