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Andrew Square development plan filed with city

Developer aims for 700 apartments in two high-rises, retail shops

A rendering of the green of a proposed development near Andrew Square at 235 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston.
A rendering of the green of a proposed development near Andrew Square at 235 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston.(Prellwitz Chilinski Associates)

A major South Boston crossroads near Andrew Square would be dramatically transformed under plans filed with the city by a developer last week.

DJ Properties LLC wants to demolish a series of abandoned or little-used industrial buildings it owns near the intersection of Old Colony Avenue and Dorchester Street and build a massive apartment and retail complex spanning eight buildings and six city blocks.

“The goal is to bring economic vitality to Andrew Square by creating a walkable neighborhood with community-focused businesses, improving the overall quality of life for residents of the Andrew Square and nearby neighborhoods,” the company said in a statement.

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The complex, centered around 235 Old Colony Ave. would include 700 apartments concentrated in two residential towers: one 20 stories high, the other 21 stories, or 240 feet. The remaining six buildings would range from 40 to 70 feet tall and include a variety of retail stores.

235 Old Colony Avenue

Garages within the project would hold 450 cars, while another 150 could park in surface lots.

If approved, the project would be constructed in phases over several years, the company said.

DJ Properties emphasized the public benefits of the project in its letter to the city, saying it held numerous meetings with neighborhood groups. Based on community feedback, the company has agreed to seek an operator for a 20,000-square-foot grocery store and build a 1.4-acre public park in the complex.

The company previewed its vision to neighbors last month, but began the official review process by filing a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Friday. The company is asking City Hall to rezone its land, which is currently reserved for industrial uses.

The project is designed by architect David Chilinski of the Cambridge firm Prellwitz Chilinski Associates.

A site map of the proposed development.
A site map of the proposed development. (Prellwitz Chilinski Associates)

Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielAdams86.

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