Developer signals intent to build 25-story tower in Dudley Square

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May 19, 2017 - 1:49pm
A Roxbury-area developer has filed a letter of intent with the BPDA to build a 25-story tower at 2345 Washington St., on what is now a parking lot. The project, which would incorporate the former Roxbury Institute for Savings Building and the former Boston Consolidated Gas Company Building, was the dream of developer Kenneth Guscott, who died in a Milton house fire in March. His family's Rio Grande Limited Partnership submitted the letter to the BPDA in advance of a more detailed project-notification form. Rio Grande proposed 236 residential units, from two bedrooms down to micro (smaller than a studio) - and says it will set aside 20\% of the units as affordable in what it says is a project that will have a "transformative impact" on Dudley Square. Rio Grande did not specify how many parking spaces it would provide, or where, but said it would seek permission to provide less parking than required by zoning because the tower would be directly across the street from the Dudley T station - and that making it harder to get parking would encourage transit use. The first two floors of the building would be leased as commercial space. Letter of intent (180k PDF).

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