The Texas developer that wants to turn a wooded hillside on American Legion Highway on the Hyde Park/Roslindale line into a nine-building apartment complex has filed new plans that call for a bit less asphalt, a bit more greenspace and some additional affordable units - along with a substantial reduction in the number of parking spaces.
In a filing with the BPDA last week, the Lincoln Property Co. of Dallas says it will also build a nature trail, open to the public via American Legion. It proposes having the trail end at a public outlook at the bluff that gives Crane Ledge its name.
However, the company acknowledges that creating that outlook would require cooperation from the Jubilee Christian Church of Mattapan, which will continue to own part of the hill after it sells the 14-acre parcel on which Lincoln has proposed its 270-unit apartment complex. The church had once hoped to turn all of its land into a subdivision, but eventually abandoned those plans: it has not said what its current plans for its remaining land are. Eversource owns another major part of the hilltop, a former driving range that never actually opened.
The latest Lincoln proposal reduces the number of parking spaces from 455 to 313 - 48 of which would be on-street spaces available to the public. The company says that the reduction in spaces, coupled with tucking 30 of the resident spaces underneath some of the three-story buildings, rather than next to them, means the amount of the site available as "usable open space" will increase from 53% to 58%. One proposed parking lot will instead become a playing field, the company says.
The company adds that it is changing the nature of the apartments by adding eight three-bedroom apartments - previously there were none - and by increasing the number of affordable units from 31 to 41, or from the minimum city requirement of 13% to 15%.
990 American Legion Highway draft project impact report (151M PDF).
Project fact sheet (1.1M PDF).
Other filings, includes Spanish and Haitian Creole translations.