Developers have plans to turn a stretch of industrial properties near Andrew Square into about 700 middle-class apartments and more than a football field’s worth of retail space.
The five-acre stretch of warehouses and other industrial space at Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester St. in South Boston currently abuts a residential neighborhood, and DJ Properties has plans to turn it into a park, six shorter buildings, and two residential towers more than 200 feet tall. Garages and surface lots will have space for a total of 580 cars.
When completed, the development will cover six blocks, half of which will be open space. The developers said almost a mile of new sidewalks will be built for the “walkable” new community, and they have plans to plant 150 trees.
The project will be built in phases, starting with a 20,000-square foot grocery store and a one-acre park. No exact timeline was given. Partners in DJ Properties include Core Investments Inc. and Ad Meliora LLC. The architect is David Chilinski of the Cambridge firm Prellwitz Chilinski Associates.
Plans for the unnamed development haven’t yet been filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, but the developers said in a statement they have met with city officials and have been meeting with Andrew Square residents for four years.