Developers this week filed plans to tear down the Lincoln Bar and Grill and a neighboring office building so they can put up an 82-condo building at a formerly nondescript location that's suddenly become hot because of massive nearby development.
In their filing with the BPDA, developers Barry Polack and David Murphy called the half-acre lot, on Lincoln Street at the corner where Market Street changes into Birmingham Parkway, "underutilized" and said their project would provide "much needed home ownership (of market-rate and affordable on-site housing at a desirable location next to a city park and within a short walk to a new commuter rail station."
The developers are proposing 65 parking spaces.
The Lincoln only a few years ago replaced its tiny porthole windows with more modern and larger rectangular windows after it changed owners and names - from Hogan's Run, which was itself a name change from the original Lincoln Cafe. During its Hogan's Run days, the owners promised:
We can't promise you a rose garden, but if you're nice we may be able to provide you with a clean glass.
Polack and Murphy described their new building, which would be down the street from where a decaying Black & Decker building is now being replaced with 132 apartments and just over the turnpike from the massive New Balance development along Guest Street:
The proposed building has been situated on the site to present an impressive image to the Parkway and accent the main approach from the westbound traffic coming over the Market Street/MassPike bridge/overpass. This massing serves to buffer the playground and smaller residential scale neighborhood beyond from the hustle and bustle of Leo M. Birmingham Parkway. Then the building is stepped down in height and density approaching the park and is set back with a large side yard before merging with the greenway of the playfields. There will be private yards and shared roof terraces overlooking the open space and green of the park. The stepped profile also mitigates shadow impact on the playing fields with the exception of the late afternoon during the winter when the fields are not in use.
70 Leo M. Birmingham Parkway project-notification form (65M PDF).