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Boston Construction News: South Boston’s seven-building Washington Village could start construction this summer

 Reprinted from Curbed Boston

Construction on the multi-building Washington Village project near the Red Line’s Andrew Square stop in the Dorchester-South Boston borderlands could start by this summer, according to a recent presentation from the development team.

That presentation follows major tweaks to the plans, which the Boston Planning and Development Agency approved in January and which added dozens of apartments while subtracting one building.

Washington Village will now have 214 apartments instead of 124 and seven buildings total instead of eight—in part via making the apartments smaller. Those dwellings are now due to be in one building instead of two.

Recall that a development team that includes prolific Boston builder Samuels & Associates has been planning Washington Village for several years. Properties that were on the 4.89-acre parcel at 235 Old Colony Avenue—mostly one- to two-story industrial and commercial buildings—have been demolished; but construction has yet to start.

The site also includes a former surface parking lot, making the planned development part of an ongoing trend in Boston of redeveloping such parcels.

There have been other changes besides the number of rentals and buildings. The Prellwitz Chilinski Associates-designed Washington Village is now due to have 746 condos and apartments total in buildings as high as 85 feet (the previous peak was 70). And it’s due to have 82,400 square feet of retail (previously, there was supposed to be 99,000), and some 663 parking spaces instead of 648.

The developers are also planning public plazas connected by new streets, including new open space along Tuckerman Street to better ease Washington Village into the existing neighborhood. The developers would also plant 120 new trees, and provide space for the South Boston Historical Society.

The first phase of Washington Village is due to be that 214-unit apartment building. The rest come later. Stay tuned.

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