Correction: The story has been updated to reflect the fact that the new owner will follow the regular public process for development and that the proposal seeks will have 17% of its units as affordable. Also, while the developer was formerly called Novaya, it is rebranding as Foxfield LLC.
A condo project at 270 Dorchester Ave. that was first approved in 2017 but which is currently South Boston's version of the old Filene's hole could finally get built under a new owner.
Foxfield, LLC, headquartered downtown, says it has a purchase and sale agreement for the project.
In a filing yesterday, Foxfield asked the BPDA to approve a "notice of project change" to let it construct the building. It says it will follow the BPDA's normal public participation policies.
Foxfield says its newly redesigned structure would occupy the same footprint as the Edwards one approved by the BPDA and the zoning board. But the building would have 88 condos instead of the 114 originally proposed - mainly by increasing the number of two-bedroom units from 20 to 52 and by decreasing the number of studios and one-bedroom units. The changes would mean an increase in the number of total bedrooms in the building from 133 to 140.
The developer would decrease the number of parking spaces from the originally approved 120 to 70 - but says that would come entirely through eliminating 50 spaces that were originally planned for a car-rental facility.
Foxfield says it would continue to sell 17% of the units as affordable - under the area's new zoning, which lets developers put up larger buildings than otherwise allowed in exchange for exceeding the city's normal 13% affordable-unit requirement.
Foxfield would also shrink the ground-floor commercial space from 6,590 square feet to roughly 2,250 square feet, but said it would continue to honor Edwards's commitment to lease the space to Ultimate Self Defense, which provides karate training for local youth.
270 Dorchester Ave. filings.