Terrace Street Project Looking to Add More Homeownership

Developers of the Ditson building on Terrace Street are ready to move on the third phase of their project, converting a parking lot next to the historic old warehouse into a 66 new condo units for sale – hoping, as the developer says, to “address the disparity of homeownership opportunities in the Mission Hill neighborhood.”

The project change form was filed in early July, and a public meeting with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) on Aug. 24, and the Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) has discussed the project as well.

The project is brought by the Winn Companies, who finished construction on the first phase of their project – the Ditson Building – in 2011. That project, at 166 Terrace St., has 62 units and 43 are affordable housing units.

The new project in Phase 3 would be built on the parking lot for the Ditson Building, and would include a new, seven-story building with 66 homeownership residences (condos) with 24 on-site parking spaces for that project alone.

The project had originally been approved in January 2020 as Phase 2, but due to COVID-19 and changes in the housing market, Winn filed to change the project to its current format.

The project now contains 18, two-bedroom units – which is 13 more than the previous project. The new project is also pulled back about 30 feet from the Ditson Building.

“This generous setback improves the pedestrian experience along Terrace

 Street by creating a break in the street wall and adding a pocket park in between the two buildings,” read the filing. “The setback also preserves the views of the Phase I Project. The proposed pocket park screens the transformers from the street which improves the street experience over the NPC II transformer’s previous proposed location along Terrace Street. The redesign also provides a six-foot sidewalk along Terrace Street with a more pronounced recess at the main entry accentuated by a canopy.”

The project contains 42 one-bedroom condos, six one-bedroom plus den condos, and 18 two-bedroom condos. The units are built over a one-story, 24 space podium parking garage with a ground floor lobby included. There are also 62 bike parking spaces, and 46 of those are inside the building.

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