Hundreds of apartments proposed near Forest Hills MBTA station

Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
October 21, 2016

f-hillsCriterion Development Partners, an apartment development firm with offices in Waltham and Dallas, has plans to build a 252-unit apartment complex on what’s currently a surface parking lot near the MBTA Orange Line Forest Hills station in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

The 2.2-acre site on Washington Street is bounded by the Arborway — a roadway that borders Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum — the MBTA Arborway Yard, and a residential neighborhood. The project would be split among three buildings, ranging in height from five to six stories. It would include 140 parking spaces as well as 5,500 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space.

“CDP proposes to transform this 2-acre asphalt lot into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use development,” wrote Jack Englert, Criterion’s executive vice president and principal, in a letter to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA). “As a transit-oriented development located in close proximity to the multimodal Forest Hills Station and the Southwest Corridor Park, the proposed project will include Zipcar spaces and a bike-share facility to serve both residents of the project as well as neighbors and area commuters.”

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