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Old 01-06-2016, 09:02 AM   #1
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Under Construction The Icon (née Western Ave Residence) | 530 Western Ave | Brighton

530 Western Ave

Developer: The Mount Vernon Company, Inc
Architect: Prellwitz Chilinski Associates

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Proposed Large Project of 132 rental units and retail at the corner of Western Ave and Birmingham Parkway

Building Size: 128,052 sq ft
Uses: Rental / Retail
Residential Mix: (20) 2BR, (16) 1BR+, (43) 1BR, (53) studio units
Parking: 108 vehicles, 132 bicycles
Height: ~68'-0"

PNF Filed 01/04/16: http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthor...1-3e97dddfe4d1 (97 MB)

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Old 01-06-2016, 09:30 AM   #2
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Nice addition -- I especially like the color palette and materials on a rather dreary corner.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:52 AM   #3
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A few quick observations

1) It actually fits in well with New Balance and WGBH. Charlesview and Continuum could also be lumped into that too. Bit of a localized architectural vernacular is starting to accrue in this area?

2) It's too bad that the neighborhood association will reflexively blow a gasket about this - hopefully won't be taken too seriously

3) Seeing the radius map, it's hard to believe that all the amenities of Arsenal Street are only a 10 minute walk away. It really goes to show how important it will be to invest in street calming, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and all that other good stuff along Birmingham Parkway (or could we just make this Market Street again?), Arsenal and Western.

4) Someone please remind me - is there a Market St entrance/exit to Brighton Landing? Or will you need to walk over to Everett?
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:02 AM   #4
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It's too bad that the neighborhood association will reflexively blow a gasket about this - hopefully won't be taken too seriously
I was thinking about the neighbors as well. It looks like a pretty busy area/street. What might be the objections since it's falling within what looks like the zoning of the area so height shouldn't be an issue.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:04 AM   #5
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I was thinking about the neighbors as well. It looks like a pretty busy area/street. What might be the objections since it's falling within what looks like the zoning of the area so height shouldn't be an issue.
Zoning only permits 35'-0".

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In a CC-1 subdistrict, the Floor Area Ratio
is 1.0; there is a height restriction of 35 feet; and multi-family residential apartments are conditionally
allowed under Article 51 of the Boston Zoning Code (Allston Brighton). In addition to the proposed use,
the Project will rely upon zoning relief for FAR, which we estimate will be 2.6; building height, which will
be approximately 68 feet; and other dimensional and parking requirements under the Article 80 process.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:17 AM   #6
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Sorry, the pic that showed the Western Ave. zoning threw me off, the arrow (which immediately caught my attention) pointing to the base height allowed seems higher than the new building when, in fact, if I had followed the allowed actual zoned height shaded, I would have seen, that in fact, it's higher than allowed. Time to dust off the pitchforks!
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Old 01-06-2016, 12:08 PM   #7
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No reason for that curve radius to stay so large. It increases the size of the intersection and promotes high speed turns. There is a serious lack of crosswalks at this intersection. They could milk this project for some substantial pedestrian improvements.
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Old 01-06-2016, 03:32 PM   #8
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No reason for that curve radius to stay so large. It increases the size of the intersection and promotes high speed turns. There is a serious lack of crosswalks at this intersection. They could milk this project for some substantial pedestrian improvements.
It was noted in an earlier discussion in the A/B thread that New Balance has already agreed to pay to improve this intersection, including adding crosswalks.

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Old 01-07-2016, 06:55 AM   #9
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They need to lose the Sunoco Blue in the palette.

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Old 01-07-2016, 09:39 AM   #10
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I like it a lot. Impressed they figured out how to house 132 units in a 5-story building (technically 6 counting amenity suite) and on a relatively small parcel. More inventory like this will help the overall neighborhood remain affordable.
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Old 01-07-2016, 11:36 AM   #11
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They need to lose the Sunoco Blue in the palette.

Funny, I've always just called that "blue."
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:01 PM   #12
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Yea that was an attempt to be as negative as he could possibly be. Nothing new
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:19 PM   #13
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I like it a lot. Impressed they figured out how to house 132 units in a 5-story building (technically 6 counting amenity suite) and on a relatively small parcel. More inventory like this will help the overall neighborhood remain affordable.
53 studios will do that for you. That's an insane number of studios in a building. Looks like they're going right after the college demographic for this building.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:48 PM   #14
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Great added density! Not to keep beating the drum, but it's about time to start looking into transit improvements on the 70/70A.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:09 PM   #15
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I love all this development happening in my neighborhood. I just hope that my rent doesn't skyrocket.
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Old 01-24-2016, 09:59 PM   #16
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I love all this development happening in my neighborhood. I just hope that my rent doesn't skyrocket.
I'm sure the developers would love to have you at the meeting Wednesday to express excitement.
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Old 01-27-2016, 11:31 AM   #17
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Reminder: Meeting for this tonight.

http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthor...public-meeting

530 WESTERN AVE PUBLIC MEETING
JAN 27, 2016 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Contact Name: Christopher Tracy
Contact Email Address: Christopher.Tracy@Boston.gov
Contact Phone: 617.918.4259
Type: Public Meeting

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Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview
123 Antwerp St
Allston, MA 02134
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:53 AM   #18
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Funny, I've always just called that "blue."
Dudes .. look at the context photos ...

Its "Irving Blue"

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Old 02-02-2016, 01:43 PM   #19
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I will be at the BCDC meeting for this and other projects tonight. Anyone else?

Going to push for temporary improvements/painting crosswalks to the Western/Arsenal/Birmingham mess before HYM/Boston Landing's various fixes take place. (Semi-related: is there a timeline for those road improvements? I was browsing Boston Landing's documents on the BRA site and couldn't find anything concrete.)
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Old 02-02-2016, 02:42 PM   #20
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cant go, but i also suggest advocating for getting rid of the right turn slip and making the corner a corner proper.
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