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Dorchester Street could get 17-story tower

The Boston Business Journal reports a developer wants to turn five acres of industrial land at Dorchester Street and Old Colony Avenue into a mixed-use development with 700 housing units in eight buildings, one 17 stories tall.

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It's Dorchester Street and Old Colony, not Dorchester Ave. Very confusing with both 'steeet' and 'avenue' in the same general vicinity. Linking a map will help people visualize where this location is.

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Confusing, yes, but I don't have an excuse: The story said Street.

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Love the idea of 700 units of new housing but yeesh, that's quite the location.

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John - You have admitted to living very, very close to the largest homeless shelter in Boston. This area doesn't have that.

If someone had proposed this type of project near Harrison and East Berkeley 25 years ago you would have been stoned to the death for being a witch. Laconia Lofts came and Mario Nicosia did his thing and look what happened. The same is happening here now.

Core is trying to transform a decayed industrial area. The laundry is gone to Brockton and Adams Transmission has hit gold twice in 20 years with their site being purchased for residential redevelopment.

This will be good for the Boston housing market overall.

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I'm all for it and impressed by their vision.

The street is very wide and neighbors are gas stations, storage facilities, and light industrial, so it will take awhile to change.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ky71K

Am I right that The Stadium is closed down?

PS. If I implied I lived "very, very" close to a homeless shelter, I must have lied. We lived on Tremont Street, so several blocks from Pine Street. And, now we live on D Street, very, very close to ... nothing. LOL

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Stretching back from Old Colony towards Damrell and Middle Streets towards Dot Ave, not including Drive In Paint Mart though, at least for now. Core bought up the space over the past three years.

Stadium is closed but is not part of this development. That is separate.

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I would have been as happy if it actually was Dorchester Ave not Dorchester Street and was the parcel of land next to Andrew Square going toward Broadway (near Southampton).

It's very close to the rail lines but I hope someone redevelops that parcel.

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I believe the land you are referring to was a large scrap yard back in the 80s. Likely a significant brown field or at the very least heavy soil remediation would be required before residential could be built. That said, I totally agree on the concept. Dot Ave between Hancock and Fields Corner is another area that could use similar investment. Very good opportunities for derelict industrial properties over there.

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The scrap yard is 511 Dorchester Avenue. That sold for $13,375,000 in April 2014. There is a proposal for that coming soon as well.

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of affordable, transit oriented, smart-growth, vibrant development using only 5 acres for building, some for parking and over 10 for conservation land. This is the Mugar property close to Alewife T.

How could anyone argue against affordable, transit-oriented, smart-growth, vibrant and mixed use? That has all the buzzwords one could want in a resume!
http://www.cambridgeday.com/2015/03/24/planned-219-units-just-outside-ca...

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