The developers who proposed a three-building life-sciences complex to replace the current WBZ studios on Soldiers Field Road in Allston this week added plans for a fourth building - a six-story, 85-unit apartment building, with more affordable units than required by the city, as requested by local elected officials.
The building would join the three eight-story research-and-development buildings that National Development of Newton and the Mount Vernon Co. have already proposed for the 6.3-acre site that has been home to WBZ since the 1940s. The station plans to move into a new building just next door - after the razing of a small office building that is now the Mount Vernon Co.'s headquarters.
Under the plans for the apartment building, 20% of the units would be rented to people making between 40% and 100% of the Boston area's median income. Normally, the city requires just 13% of units in new buildings be rented as affordable.
As currently envisioned, a mix of unit types will be provided, including approximately 10 studio, 56 one-bedroom, 14 two-bedroom, and 5 three-bedroom units, the latter of which are intended to attract families in the neighborhood.
The developers explain why they added the residential building:
In their letter dated October 20, 2021, City Councilor Liz Breadon, City Councilor Julia Mejia, State Representative Kevin Honan and State Representative Michael Moran requested the Project include a substantial housing component with at least 20% on-site IDP units made available at rents reflecting 40% - 100% of AMI.
The new building would have 42 parking spaces.
A roof deck will be large enough to provide residents "with ample space to socialize, collaborate and exercise."
1170 Soldiers Field Rd. filings and calendar.
Seen from another side:
View of proposed courtyard, apartments on the left, research on the right:
Map of the proposed development:
The view of the complex from Soldiers Field Road inbound: