November 10 2016
Plans Approved for Former Building 19 1/2 Site
By: Rich Hosford
It’s been a long slog but plans for what is being called Heritage Trail have finally been approved on the former Building 19 ½ site.
The Planning Board voted 6-0 to approve a special permit for the site plan that details a large multi-use development during its meeting last week.
The 95,522-square-feet property, owned by Duffy Properties out of Waltham, has been vacant since Building 19 ½ closed after the company declared bankruptcy in late 2013. A frozen yogurt location and a pizza/sub place that were in the building facing Cambridge Street closed in 2015 after Duffy Properties bought the site.
The project consists of 47,750-square-feet of commercial retail and restaurant space, consisting of two buildings, around a walkable center. The main shopping/restaurant center will be the building facing Cambridge Street. There are plans for one restaurant with an open patio in that building.
There will also be a 48,000 square-foot, 28-unit residential building on the northern side of the property. That building will have an underground parking lot with 31 spaces. Duffy Properties said it will either be apartments or condominiums depending on the market environment at the time of construction. It will also have at least 10 percent affordable units.
The developers say the project will have a lot of landscaping, green space and be very walkable. Parking spaces will be broken up by a walkable pedestrian boulevard.
The project will have two access roads, one for the retail area and another for the residential units, both onto Cambridge Street. Members of the Planning Board asked for a street light at one of the access points and the developers said they would work with the state to try and get one approved. State Rep. Ken Gordon said he would lend his support in that regard.