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BRA approves new housing for Upham’s Corner, Dudley Square

The proposed Indigo Block apartments in Dorchester.Davis Square Architects

A big affordable housing development in the Uphams Corner section of Dorchester won a key city approval Thursday night, as did the first phase of a long-awaited project in nearby Dudley Square.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Indigo Block, an 89-unit apartment and condominium building on East Cottage Street that’s being launched by Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp. It’s one of the first sizable projects to locate along the commuter rail’s new Indigo Line and sits on formerly city-owned land that Boston officials have been pushing to develop as affordable housing.

Most of the units would be priced at levels affordable to lower- and middle-income residents, with nearly half the units renting at no more than $1,200 for a two-bedroom and most of the rest topping out at $2,400 a month. And the $37 million project will include 20,000 square feet of light industrial and commercial space, designed to retain blue-collar jobs in a part of the city that’s under increasing pressure from development.


Not far away, on the other side of Dudley Square, Windale Development won approval for a 16-unit condo building on a shuttered MBTA bus yard at the corner of Washington and Bartlett streets. It’s the first phase of the long-delayed Bartlett Place project, which eventually is set to include 332 units of housing, 45,000 square feet of commercial space, and a plaza, art space, and public market.

The BRA also approved a building at Boston Landing in Brighton that will house a new practice facility for the Boston Celtics, and an expansion of Suffolk Construction’s headquarters in Roxbury.

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