Retail development proposed for dormant Maverick Square site

The Boston Globe | By Katheleen Conti
January 25, 2017

A long-vacant block in East Boston’s Maverick Square that most recently housed a funeral home could soon be reincarnated into a restaurant, retail and fitness complex.

Burlington-based Linear Retail Properties LLC has presented to a couple of neighborhood groups preliminary plans for a two-story, 25,000-square-foot commercial facility on the corner Maverick and Chelsea streets near the MBTA’s Maverick Blue Line station.

Although no official plans have been filed with the city, the early designs from Linear Retail show a streamlined glass box concept, with a coffee shop on the ground floor and more retail above.

It is very early days for the proposal, said Joel Kadis, head of leasing and development for Linear.

“It’s such a bad joke to make that it’s a dead site right now because it’s a funeral home that’s no longer operating; so we’re hoping to bring vitality to the corner,” Kadis said. “Right now there’s some voids in the retail, so we’re hoping to bring some new retailers into the square that can serve all that new residential development.”

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