CAMH Hears Presentation on Terrace St. Development

Around 15 people attended the monthly meeting of the Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) on Feb 17. On the agenda was a presentation by the Boston-based developers of a new housing complex on Terrace St.

The group provided a comprehensive overview of its proposal, including a context plan, proposed development, a density/height comparison, concept massing, parking plans and floor plans. Also included were 3D renderings of the finished project, which they are calling Bellerose Terrace Residences.

At 1-4 Terrace Pl., the group is proposing 48 condos in approximately 50,000 square feet. The site has a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3.4, a height of 62 feet, and parking for 16 vehicles. Terrace Pl. is at the intersection of Alleghany St. and Terrace St.

At 110-128R Terrace St., developers are seeking a mixed-use project with ground-level retail and 80 rental units in roughly 87,000 square feet. The building is 62 feet tall, has a FAR of 4.87, and 30 parking spaces.

Units will range in size from micro units to three-bedroom duplexes. The ground-level retail could include a sandwich shop, a bakery or some other service to the local neighborhood.

“We are open to all suggestions from the community and have no specific business in mind,” said Matthew O’Hara of Blair Capital.

Unique features of Belleview Terrace Residences include roof decks, bicycle storage, community rooms, a pet care area, and charging stations for electric vehicles.

Both sites will be seeking variances and fall within the Article 80 review process. Thomas Maistros of Stull & Lee Architects and Planners reported that neither building had any historical significance.

Some residents expressed concern about increased traffic in the area. O’Hara replied that it’s already on the group’s radar. They’ve been working with BPDA to incorporate traffic-mitigating elements and conduct a local traffic study.

Other residents want to prevent the sale of condos to investors who will turn them into private rentals.

“While we don’t want to hinder the value of the building with restrictions, we would likely limit the units that can be rented to 49 percent,” said O’Hara.

The group plans to manage the properties themselves.

“I can’t say with absolute certainty at this point,” O’Hara said, “but that is still my intention.”

Mike Ross of Prince Lobel Tye LLP said he thought the meeting went well.

“We are early on in the process and will have ample time to make adjustments as we go,” he told the Gazette. “The team looks forward to their continued engagement with the residents of Mission Hill and the City of Boston.”

CAMH meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, all meetings will be held on Zoom for the foreseeable future.

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