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Developer plans 114 apartments in 2 buildings in Allston

Donna Goodison Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

Credit: COURTESY RENDERING

GOING UP: Boston developer and landlord Harold Brown has notified the city of a plan two construct two apartment buildings near Packard’s Corner in Allston, one a six-story structure with 76 apartments along Brighton Avenue, above, and a second property along Gardner Street with 38 units. RENDERING COURTESY OF DAVID HACIN & ASSOCIATES

Boston developer and landlord Harold Brown wants to add to his vast portfolio of Boston apartments with a new 114-unit residential development in Allston.

Brown’s Hamilton Co. recently notified the city of its plan to construct the apartments in two new buildings at 79-83 Gardner St. and 44-55 Brighton Ave. near Packard’s Corner.

Hamilton put an $85 million price tag on the two proposed buildings combined with its 48-unit apartment building under construction at 40 Malvern St. Together, the developments will be called Packard Crossing.

The two new apartment buildings would be geared toward “middle-class” tenants, with “moderate” rents that are approximately 60 percent lower than rents in new downtown Boston buildings, according to the company. Rates will be comparable to those at 40 Malvern St., which is scheduled to be finished this fall and where the two-bedroom, two-bath units will average 900 square feet with rents starting at $2,600 per month.

Hamilton is targeting a spring construction start for the Gardner Street apartment building, which would replace a parking lot and incorporate an existing Victorian-style home that would be restored. Thirty-five two-bedroom apartments would be in the new four-story building, while the Victorian would house a lobby/lounge for the larger building and three apartments. Plans include covered parking for 40 vehicles.

The Brighton Avenue apartment building would replace a parking lot and AutoZone store, and is planned as a five- and six-story building with 72 two-bedroom and four one-bedroom units. It would also include 20,000 square feet of street-level retail space and covered parking for 175 cars.

Hamilton hopes to start construction on the building in 2018.

Both buildings would have significant landscaping behind them along interconnected walkways with courtyards and terraces. Boston’s David Hacin & Associates is the project architect.


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