A f5-story apartment building that dates to 1910 at 409 Huntington Ave. in the Fenway will get 14 new floors under plans submitted to the BPDA last week.
In its filing, the Slater Family's Tremont Asset Management says the way it will add 100 new apartments to what is now a 57-unit building across from the MFA "will preserve the original and historical character of the site."
The building, originally meant as a tenement, and later used as a Northeastern dormitory, will have a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments. It says it will work with city and state subsidy and credit programs to try to increase the number of affordable units from the city required minimum of 13% to at least 18%.
The ground floor is anticipated to include street-level activated retail space along Huntington Ave, and, in conjunction with these improvements, the Huntington-Hemenway Mall at the corner of the site has the potential to be included in activating the ground level and open space areas. The Fencourt Road right-of -way will provide the sole means of vehicular access to the site for the purposes of loading, trash pickup, and parking. A fully-automated car elevator will transport vehicles to a 50-space underground parking garage.
Tremont adds that as part of the project, it will commit $1 million to the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology and will create an "externship" program that will bring 12 Franklin students a semester onto the work site to gain first-hand knowledge of HVAC and electrical construction and installation and construction management.
Tremont expects construction to take 30 months once it wins approval from a variety of city boards, including the BPDA and the zoning board.
In addition to working to protect the neighboring 407 Huntington, with which the building shares a firewall, Tremont contractors will need to dig down about 23 feet below the current building to install the mat to help support the new floors.
409 Huntington Ave. filings and calendar.