Raj Dhanda, local businessman and developer, has submitted an application to MassHousing to develop a mixed-use Affordable Housing (“40 B”) project at 1180 Boylston Street, site of the former Chestnut Motors. As currently proposed, the building will be six stories (approximately 70 feet) in height, with one underground level of parking for 80 cars, facilitated by the use of “stackers.” Access and egress will be via Boylston Street.
Mr. Dhanda’s plans include a ground floor of retail use, with 45 1- and 2-bedroom apartments on the remaining floors. All 45 units will be restricted to individuals who are 55 years of age or older or to families with at least one member who is 55 or older. In order to qualify for “40B” status, thereby bypassing some of the Town’s zoning regulations, 20% or 9 of the units will be restricted to individuals and families whose income does not exceed 50% of Area Median Income.
Current architectural drawings show a building that is similar to the one that was proposed last year for a commercial development on the same site. Opposition to the zoning relief needed to undertake that project led to Mr. Dhanda’s change in plans.
The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on an application for Site Approval submitted by Chestnut Hill Investment, LLC to MassHousing on Tuesday, February 2nd to solicit comments from the public. The hearing will be held in the 6th floor Selectmen’s Committee Room in Town Hall around 8 pm. Please check the Town Calendar after Friday, January 29 for the exact time of this agenda item.
The Town has 30 days to submit comments to MassHousing on this proposal.
Questions? Please contact Carla Benka