The Dedham developer that once would have built a charter school at the old Clay car dealership on Belgrade Avenue told the BPDA this week it now plans to build a far larger five-story residential building on the site.
Nearby residents, who formed a neighborhood association to fight off the proposed Roxbury Prep high school on grounds it would lead to horrible traffic along Belgrade and West Roxbury Parkway, will now have to deal with a 129,000-square-foot proposal, rather than the roughly 50,000-square foot school plan.
But in a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, Upton+Partners says it is only giving the people what they said they wanted: A residential building instead of a school that would have students coming into the area from other Boston neighborhoods. Because of this, Upton says it is optimistic for "a positive outcome" on the project.
Upton says its detailed plans will include 86 parking spaces on the site, which is next to a Needham Line stop and along bus routes to and from Forest Hills.
Because of the project's size, Upton will have to file detailed traffic studies of the area.
361 Belgrade Ave. filings and calendar.