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Housing heading for old Quinzani’s site in South End

The old site of the Quinzani's Bakery.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

There's another big development aiming for a hot corner of the South End.

Developer Related Beal filed notice with the city Thursday that it plans to put a 300,000 square-foot housing and retail project on the site of the now-closed Quinzani's Bakery and neighboring Ho Kong Bean Sprout Co., at the corner of Harrison Ave. and East Berkeley Streets.

Related's letter of intent gave few specifics but said the project would "provide for 18-hour uses and result in an enhanced, pedestrian-friendly public realm" on what is now a pair of small factories. Related said it would provide more details within a few months. Spokespeople for the developer did not return messages Thursday.


By submitting its application on the last day of 2015, Related Beal will not be subject to new requirements from the city of Boston for additional affordable housing benefits that take effect Jan. 1.

In November, according to Suffolk County property records, Related paid just under $20 million for the Quinzani's site, which had operated as a bakery for nearly a century before closing in August. In October it paid $8 million for the Ho Kong building, which has also closed.

The building sits in the center of a formerly-industrial corner of the South End that has become a hub for high-end housing, with several new buildings sprouting up in recent years and more under development now.

Tim Logan can be reached at tim.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.