471 Housing Units Pitched On Land Owned by East Boston Health Center

September 29, 2020 | By Gintautas Dumcius, Boston Business Journal

Boston-based real estate development firm The Davis Cos. is aiming to build 471 residential units on four parcels of land now owned by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

The four parcels, on Bremen and Orleans Streets, are currently being used for surface parking for the health center’s employees and visitors.

An affiliate of the Davis Cos. and the health center have a purchase and sale agreement for the land, according to a letter of intent outlining the project and filed with the Boston Planning and Development Agency. The addresses of the parcels are 115 Bremen St., 135B Bremen St., 147-163 Orleans St., and 164 Orleans St.

The parcels, situated between two MBTA Blue Line stops (Airport and Maverick), total 3.16 acres.

The project would include 451 rental units and 20 condominium townhomes. There would be 172 parking spaces and 4,400 square feet of retail space in two buildings “intended to attract independent entrepreneurs,” according to the letter of intent.

The proposed buildings range in height from three to seven stories.

“An important element of the project will be the redesign and reconstruction of the Gove Street plaza between the 75-115 Bremen St. and 135B Bremen St. buildings to include enhanced landscaped improvements, more seating opportunities for the public, and a more enjoyable public space, subject to approval from the city’s parks and recreation commission,” the letter of intent said.

Three of the four planned buildings would be adjacent to the Mary Ellen Welsh Greenway.

The project requires zoning relief, in part because some of the proposed townhouses do not meet the three-story maximum requirement, according to the letter.