LBC Boston Developing 250,000 SF to Create Allston Green Under Boston’s Compact Living Pilot Project

Credit: PCA

BOSTON – LBC Boston is in the process of securing permits  to begin work on a new mixed-use development project in Allston, Mass. under the City of Boston’s Compact Living Pilot program.

Located at 20 Linden Street and named Allston Green, the $140 million, 250,000 SF complex features three buildings on approximately two acres and 350 housing units. The project is slated to be completed in the spring of 2024.

The City of Boston has launched the Compact Living Pilot project to help Boston build more homes that are well-designed and well-located in order to create living spaces where people have easy access to work and play. The goals of the program include:

  1. Increase housing affordability through more units overall, including more IDP Units and alleviating market pressure on family-style homes.

2. Build community on both a building scale and a neighborhood scale by creating spaces that encourage people to connect outside their unit.

3. Promote sustainable development creating less energy and less single occupancy vehicle trips.

4. Encourage creativity and innovation in how developers and designers meet the needs of residents.

“We have been a part of the Allston community for over 20 years and we wanted to build something that would strengthen the neighborhood feel of Allston,” said Margarita Kvacheva, senior vice president with LBC Boston. “Allston green is meant to provide a new product type that bridges the gap between luxury and affordable housing, creating a middle market solution.”

In addition to new housing in two seven-story and one four-story building,, LBC Boston will create over 34,000 SF of open space. Over 20,000 SF of open space will be accessible to the public and will used for community gatherings such as farmers’ markets, outdoor movie nights, exhibits and etc. LBC Boston plans to invite local artists to paint murals and to create unique sitting cubes to be installed in the public parks.

Working with Prellwitz Chilinksi Associates, Inc./PCA of Cambridge, the design strategically places three buildings and two green spaces on the site. Variations in building planes and setbacks, a rich palette of exterior materials, and the playful use of color frame active, public ground floor uses that engage residents and neighbors alike. Proposed ground floor uses include a gallery/retail and artist coworking space, as well as the tower’s lobby and amenities.

Project team members include:

  • Owner/Developer: LBC Boston
  • Architect: Prellwitz Chilinksi Associates, Inc./PCA
  • Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) Engineer: R.W. Sullivan.