Waldo Bros., which has sold building supplies since 1914 on Southampton Street, will be replaced by a car dealership specializing in used luxury cars according to plans filed with the BRA.
Boston Foreign Motor says it will revamp the larger of the two buildings on the site at 202 Southampton St. for use as a showroom and a 21-bay service garage. A smaller building will be knocked down for a 166-space parking lot and landscaping, under the $4.5-million plans.
Boston Foreign Motor owner Milad Farahani and his family have operated car dealerships in the Boston area for more than 30 years, currently at Cambridge Street in Allston. Farahani began working in the family business 15 years ago, when he was just 16.
The Project's urban design goal is to significantly enhance this Newmarket/Southampton Street mixedused corridor by creating a commercially friendly and inviting environment and providing a new commercial storefront, parking, and associated outdoor space. The design concept aims to enhance the Site with a structure that is in scale with the mixed-use development found on Southampton Street and to be consistent with the character of the neighborhood, while improving the quality of the design and construction on the site. The Project aims to create an architectural element that marks the location with a new retail space and highlights the introduction of new construction co-existing with the urban fabric of the larger block.
202 Southampton St. small-project review application (22M PDF).