A Miami developer has proposed a new complex over the Massachusetts Turnpike and a rarely used Hynes Green Line exit that would include a 12-story life-sciences wing, a 10-story wing with 125 affordable apartments, two new ADA-compliant T-stop entrances and a public bicycle "hub" with bike racks and lockers.
In a filing with the BPDA, the Peebles Corp. says the project, to be built under a 99-year lease from MassDOT, would go a long way towards boosting affordable housing in the Back Bay, which at 6% currently has one of the lowest percentages of affordable housing units in the city.
It would stretch from what is now the love locks fence on Massachusetts Avenue to where Boylston Street crosses over the turnpike.
"To limit traffic impacts, the project will not have any on-site parking," Peebles said, adding, however, that its project would include a "micro-mobility hub, consisting of over 100 public bicycle spaces with lockers open to the public."
The proposal calls for work to modernize the Hynes Green Line station:
The Hynes Convention Center T Station is the last Boston T Station that needs to be renovated to be fully accessible and ADA compliant. This project will include two MBTA T Station headhouses on the first floor. The first one, replacing the very old and outdated Hynes Convention Center T Station headhouse on Boylston Street and the second one on Mass Ave replacing the headhouse that is currently inside the footprint of the building on 360 Newbury Street. These two headhouses will not only be a focal point for local commuters that live in the surrounding neighborhoods, but they will also provide easy access to the subway green line for the residents of the new building above the two station headhouses.
The proposal is the second involving air rights over the turnpike at the intersection of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue. Samuels and Associates is currently putting up a two-building complex over the turnpike between Boylston and Newbury streets on the other side of Massachusetts Avenue.
Parcel 13 filings and calendar.