In a project notification form filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, DJ Properties LLC made public their plans to drastically transform a 4.9-acre lot in South Boston into a vibrant new neighborhood. Washington Village, located at Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester and Damrell streets, is currently home to a collection of old industrial buildings. The new project would replace those buildings with 656 residential units spread across eight brand-new buildings, 96,000 square feet of retail space and 2.4 acres of space devoted to the “public realm.”
According to the filing, “the Project [sic] will transform a mostly vacant, underutilized site into a vibrant mixed-use village that will be a natural extension of the surrounding South Boston neighborhood. The nature of the Project will improve the quality of life for existing residents by providing a variety of neighborhood retail stores and a range of complementary housing options.” These goals are in accordance with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s signature 2030 Housing Plan to bring 53,000 new units of housing to the city over the course of the next 15 years. Additionally, through the creation of new retail space, the developers want to bring “basic retail services such as grocery shopping” within walking distance to residents of the neighborhood and reduce dependence on vehicular travel.
Along with projects like the upcoming Seaport Square development, South Boston’s evolution into a self-sufficient and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood is quickly becoming a reality. If approved, the Washington Village project would break ground in the summer of 2016, eyeing a completion date sometime in 2021, and adding an incredible new development to the Boston real estate scene.