A developer is proposing to tear down some old buildings at Washington and Green streets, across from the E-13 police station and put up a 44-unit apartment building that would feature private terraces for some units and a rooftop deck.
Six of the units would be marketed as affordable. Retail space would line the street level on Washington Street.
Mordechai Levin, who has built in JP before - he built the Stop & Shop plaza on Centre Street in Jackson Square - would combine five small lots for the project. In a filing with the BRA, he writes he will work with the three non-profit groups and a hair salon now located at the site to find new locations in JP, possibly in other buildings he owns.
The building would have 24 parking spaces in a rear lot and a 20-bike storage room. Levin says the building should prove popular to the carless set - it's a four-minute walk to the Green Street Orange Line stop, is on one bus route and is near several other routes as well as the Southwest Corridor bike path.
Building massing has been minimized by the use of full size windows, inset "pocket" balconies, and recessed rooftop terraces. The roof line has a variable height and orientation, and the top floor has a variety of different materials to soften the visual impact of the building and break up its perceived height from both pedestrian and vehicular perspectives.
The building above the Washington Street sidewalk at elevations 12-15' feet will be cantilevered in order to allowing for a wider sidewalk and easier pedestrian passage, and provide a natural shelter for bus patrons. The building will also be set back from the Green Street property line to allow for a wider sidewalk along Green Street.
The first floor has maximum fenestration to provide visually pleasing storefronts and streetscape, and enhance the street frontage.
The building will incorporate "green technologies" by means of an insulated envelope and an internal rainwater runoff system through the use of a green roof and rain garden.
Levin estimates construction of the $18-million building will take 12 months.
3353 Washington St. small-project review application (7.9M PDF).
Proposed view from the south on Washington Street: