September 15, 2020 | By Steve Adams | Banker & Tradesman Staff
A hotel, condominium and apartment redevelopment of the former Skating Club of Boston property in Allston would include new connections from Western Avenue to the Charles River Reservation.
The Davis Cos.’ proposed project includes a 535-unit apartment tower with 10,500 square feet of retail space on the skating club property and a 220-space parking garage, and a 225-room hotel with 120 condos at the existing Studio Allston hotel property next door.
Developers this week unveiled plans that include a pedestrian and bike ramp through the Soldiers Field Road property, connecting Western Avenue to the existing Telford Street footbridge. The plans are being developed in coordination with the state Department of Recreation and Conservation, which is studying a replacement footbridge funded by a Harvard University community benefits package for Allston. The existing bridge is not code-compliant for universal access.
Building heights would range from 240 feet for the apartment tower and 176 feet for the hotel-condo building.
The Davis Cos. considered life science space for the property, a favored current development option in the Western Avenue corridor, but lab space requires larger floorplates to be commercially viable and wouldn’t provide the 1.7-acre open space component of the current plan, developers stated in a project notification form to the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
The developer bought the Skating Club property in 2019 for $26.25 million as the figure skating organization prepared to move to Norwood.