Developer pitches 21-story building for Brookline’s Coolidge Corner

The Boston Globe | By John Hilliard
December 6, 2016


A Brookline developer has pitched a 21-story residential complex for the town’s Coolidge Corner neighborhood under the state’s affordable housing law, but local officials say they want to limit the scope of the project.

The proposed Coolidge Residences at Brookline would offer 320 apartments, including 181 one-bedroom, 94 two-bedroom, and 32 three-bedroom units, according to a Nov. 29 application to MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development agency.

The developer, Chestnut Hill Realty, is proposing that 64 units — mostly one- and two-bedroom apartments — meet affordability rules under Chapter 40B.

The project, located at 8-10 Waldo St., would also include a three-level parking garage with more than 330 spaces, along with 21,000 square feet of landscaped open space behind the building.

But Neil Wishinsky, the town’s selectmen chairman, said the project was too dense for the neighborhood. Wishinsky said the town would be more in favor of a smaller, mixed-use project with a hotel.

“Twenty-one stories should be in the Financial District or the Seaport District, not in Brookline,” Wishinsky said in an interview.

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