The Boston Redevelopment Authority on Thursday night approved construction of a 278-unit apartment complex and a BMW dealership on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester.
The projects are part of a spurt of development activity along Morrissey Boulevard, where the University of Massachusetts and Boston College High School are expanding and contractors are building the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate.
The 278-unit apartment complex, by Synergy Investments, will include two five-story buildings that will be built on a weed-strewn lot between Shaw’s Supermarket and the JFK/UMass MBTA Red Line Station.
The $60 million project will include a range of apartment sizes, from studios to three-bedroom units, as well as a courtyard, a fitness room, and other amenities.
Rents for market-rate units are expected to be between $1,500 and $2,400 a month. Thirty-six of the units will be set aside for low-income renters.
Construction of the complex is expected to start by June, with an opening planned for fall 2014.
The BRA also approved Herb Chambers’s plan to open a pre-owned BMW dealership on the former Channel 56 property next to The Boston Globe. Work on the site is scheduled to begin in the spring.