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Developers of a large swath of land across from Boston police headquarters in Roxbury are moving forward with plans to build a complex that will include stores, offices, homes, and a museum featuring African-American artists.

If approved by Boston regulators, the Tremont Crossing development will fill about 8 acres of city-owned parking lots with seven new buildings. Its developers, a joint venture that includes nonprofit Elma Lewis Partners and Feldco Development Corp., filed detailed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Friday.

The submission represents the first significant progress on the project in several years, and its developers said Friday that they hope to begin construction by fall 2013.


“The project will have all the different [real estate] uses you would find in any city,’’ said Barry Feldman, president of Connecticut-based Feldco. He said Tremont Crossing will combine large retail stores like those at the South Bay shopping center with smaller shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. It will also have a new shopping promenade and two large plazas for arts events and other gatherings.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will spend the next several months reviewing the project and will schedule meetings to solicit input from the public.

Sandwiched between the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and a housing development, the redevelopment of the so-called Parcel 3 property has long been a priority for Mayor Thomas M. Menino. But it has languished due to a series of political and financial roadblocks. A year ago, Elma Lewis Partners received its third extension of time from the city in four years - an 18-month window to show it could move forward with construction.

That led to the partnership with Feldco, which has helped to devise a new development plan during the last several months.

The project outlined Friday would include 500,000 square feet of “large format’’ retail stores (about enough for three Home Depots), as well as 200,000 square feet of offices and 240 apartments. The museum, to house the National Center for Afro-American Artists, would occupy about 58,000 square feet.


The principals have also developed a new slogan for the project: “Where culture and commerce connect,’’ hoping to emphasize it as a place for entertainment and education as well as for shopping, dining, and living.

“This project has from the beginning demonstrated a commitment to supporting a cultural facility as part of the mix, and that’s really important in the city of Boston,’’ said Barry Gaither, a principal of Elma Lewis.

Tremont Crossing is being designed by the architecture firm Stull and Lee Inc. and the Gund Partnership, the firm of celebrated architect Graham Gund. A rendering of the complex shows a series of glass and masonry buildings ranging between one and 11 stories. Smaller shops and restaurants would be located on Tremont Street and along a pedestrian-only promenade in the interior of the development site.

An eight-story parking garage would also be built on the property, but hidden from view by the buildings along Tremont.

Casey Ross can be reached at cross@globe.com.