BOSTON – City Realty, a community-focused real estate development company serving the Greater Boston area since 2004, unveiled the new design for its redevelopment project, Allston Square.
Incorporating the desires and goals of the local community, the project will revitalize the intersection which serves as the gateway to Allston-Brighton while maintaining the history that makes the neighborhood special. Allston Square will transform a vacant and underutilized stretch of industrial warehouses and parking lots into a vibrant town square of housing, retail, public art and open space connected throughout the project.
“We worked very closely with the community to design a project that will be an asset to the community for generations to come,” said Josh Fetterman, Director of Project Development at City Realty. “By connecting bold new design with the historic character of the neighborhood, our goal is to create a project that reflects Allston-Brighton storied history and exciting future.”
The proposed Allston Square development consists of six buildings situated around the prominent intersection of Cambridge Street and Harvard Avenue. The project will redefine an abandoned industrial corridor while providing new housing stock and an invigorating commercial environment, allowing residents to live, shop and dine all within Allston Square. The design plan will incorporate the preservation of two classic buildings: Allston Hall at 4 Braintree St. and the Allen Building, the former headquarters of Jack Young Auto Parts at 334 Cambridge St. Allston Hall will return to its role as a community gathering space, with ground floor retail topped by one of kind loft apartments. The Allen Building will be revitalized, converting from a patchwork warehouse back into beautiful homes, while continuing the iconic yellow brick row house style in a brand new addition.
The remaining sites will feature four new buildings along with many public improvements, including more than 10,000 square feet of additional street level open space, outdoor communal gathering spaces, more than 6,000 square feet of additional sidewalk, more than 9,000 square feet of public art space, and the introduction of more than 46 new street trees in an area that previously had only one. These public improvements combined with more than 22,000 square feet of new retail space will make Allston Square an active and energetic streetscape for residents and the surrounding communities.
Allston Square will create 341 units of housing, including 341 condominium units and 104 rental apartments. The units will be a mixture of studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms along with several Live/Work units along the ground floor. The project is perfectly situated for a myriad of transit options. Allston Square is a short walk to the Boston Landing MBTA Commuter Rail Station and the MBTA Green Line, and is located directly along several major MBTA bus routes as well as the Mass Pike. In addition, the project will feature storage for 300 bicycles.