Developers Brief IAG on Nashua Street Residence Project

Developers of a fairly large project in Beacon Hill briefed the Impact Advisory Group (IAG) last Tuesday during the first meeting sponsored by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) concerning the Nashua Street Residence project.

This was the first meeting with the newly formed IAG since Avalon Bay took over the project in August from The Boston Garden Development Corporation.

In 2000 Mayor Thomas Menino appointed an IAG for the project but after progress stalled under The Boston Garden Development Corporation, the IAG was disbanded. According to their letter of intent, Avalon Bay has asked the Mayor and city to once again appoint an IAG so the developer and city can begin to facilitate a comprehensive community process.

Last week’s meeting was the first in a series of community meeting that will take place before Avalon breaks ground on the Nashua Street project.

The BRA originally approved the project in 2005 when The Boston Garden Development Corporation, proposed building 363 units, 270 parking spaces, lobby space and retail amenities.

Over the summer, Avalon filed a Letter of Intent with the BRA and plans to increase the number of units to 503 units, decrease the parking to 219 spaces and keep the lobby and retail amenities.

The height of the building, 415 ft., will remain the same as the height approved by the BRA in 2005.

At last week’s meeting, one that aimed to jumpstart a larger community process, the IAG asked questions, including one about a nearby triangular park where a billboard is sited. The IAG wanted to know what the developer plans to do with the park and billboard.

The IAG also scheduled a community wide meeting on the Nashua Street project that will be held on Thursday, December 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at CBT Architects, 110 Canal Street.

There the developer will present the project and take questions from the audience.

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