Lower Mills civic OK’s development on Washington St.

Dorchester Reporter | By Jennifer Smith
October 19, 2016

lower-millsThe Lower Mills Civic Association voted 12 to 9 on Tuesday in support of a mixed-use proposal for several parcels of land, including the former Molloy funeral parlor on Washington Street.

After more than two years of discussion with community groups, proponents pitched a four-story building comprising 57 homeownership condominiums and two ground floor retail spaces at the civic group’s monthly meeting.

“We feel that this project, and we hope you agree, helps to continue the revitalization of this historic and important neighborhood in the city,” said John Rogers, an attorney who is representing the developer, City Point Center, LLC, which owns six parcels from 1120 to 1132 Washington St. that make up a 48,303-square-foot site. Three multi-family houses now sit on the parcels along with the Molloy site.

The developer’s opening bid was a six-story structure containing 68 units and four retail spots. After criticisms from the neighbors, the proposal was ratcheted down substantially. Tuesday’s session was the developer’s second appearance before the full Lower Mills membership after it had been “sent back to the drawing board” on a much denser variant of the proposal, Rogers said.

As to details, City Point Center plan breaks down the condominium count to 12 one-bedroom units, 39 two-bedroom units, and 6 three-bedroom units. It estimates square footage will range from 500 to 1,100 square feet and prices will average $400,000 per unit.

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