1,000 new apartments, courtesy of Stop & Shop

The Boston Globe | By Tim Logan
February 11, 2017

Stop & Shop is jumping into the development boom that is remaking neighborhoods across Boston, proposing to build more than 1,000 apartments in a mainly commercial area off the Massachusetts Turnpike on the Allston-Brighton line.

The supermarket chain submitted plans to Boston officials for what would be among the biggest housing developments in the city. The 11-acre property is adjacent to the new Boston Landing development being built by New Balance that will also include several hundred apartments and a new commuter rail station.

The proposal is in keeping with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s push to get more housing in the outer neighborhoods of Boston and would also help the mayor reach his stated goal of building 53,000 new units by 2030.

And Allston-Brighton has emerged as perhaps the hottest of those outlying neighborhoods, as builders look for locations that are cheaper than downtown but still relatively close to job centers in the city. The Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain and Readville in Hyde Park each have proposals for several hundred apartments, while just across the city line, in Watertown and in Somerville, there are hundreds more in the works.

In a preliminary filing with the Boston Planning & Development Agency, Stop & Shop outlined a multiple-phase project at 60 Everett St. that would start with a 360-unit residential building and a new “state-of-the-art” supermarket to replace the 20-year-old store there now. Later phases would add up to 650 more housing units, retail, parking, and perhaps office space.

Stop & Shop also said it would create open space within the property and add a street and bikeway. It did not provide a timeline for the project. More details will come this spring, a spokeswoman said.

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