The Mount Vernon Co. this week filed its plans for replacing a Santander Bank branch on Leo Birmingham Parkway, next to the Radius building, where the old Black and Decker service center used to be, with a five-story, 99-unit residential building with ground-floor commercial space.
Some 13 of the units will be marketed as affordable.
Mount Vernon, based nearby on Soldiers Field Road, is also propsing 48 parking spaces, but space for 102 bicycles for residents and employees, 24 more bicycle spaces for visitors and a 15-bike Bluebikes rental station.
In its filing, Mount Vernon says it will not build right up to the current sidewalk, which it says means it will be able to create "a pedestrian-friendly environment and green buffer against the high-traffic zone of Leo M. Birmingham Parkway" and continue "the pedestrian-friendly street experience
established by the Radius Apartments." The company notes it will also sit next to another proposed six-story building, which in turn will be built next to another six-story building and then over the turnpike you have the WGBH building and around the corner from that is all the development that started with the giant New Balance complex. All told, Mount Vernon says, its building will "add to the new rhythm created by Projects that have been recently
developed or are currently under construction along Leo M. Birmingham Parkway."
Mount Vernon is proposing various plantings, including a total of 12 street trees in planters, along Birmingham Parkway and Lothrop and Waverly streets - except at a bus stop on the parkway, which will be kept clear, and part of Waverly Street, where an underground gas main makes tree plantings impossible. Along the rear of the property, the company is proposing evergreens and deciduous upright shrubs to shield the existing homes there from the building and a parking lot.
Mount Vernon hopes to begin 16 months of construction this coming winter.
30 Leo M. Birmingham Parkway filings and calendar.
The view you'd get standing in the middle of Birmingham Parkway, assuming you first made sure no cars were coming: