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More apartments heading for Brighton

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Another big apartment complex may be coming to Brighton.

AvalonBay, one of the nation's largest residential developers, told city officials Tuesday it wants to build a pair of apartment buildings, with about 250 units in all, along Washington Street in Brighton Center.

The project would include 225 parking spaces and two buildings — one six stories with 220 apartments, the other four stories with 30 apartments — on the site of St. Gabriel's school and rectory at 139-149 Washington, according to a notice filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. More details will likely be filed in the next few months as the project moves through the BRA's review process. An Avalon spokeswoman did not immediately reply to messages seeking comment.

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The city neighborhood in the midst of a development boom, with several major apartment projects in the works in and around Brighton Center, and along Western Ave. Developers see it as a lower-cost alternative to central Boston, while close to emerging job centers in Brighton, Allston and Watertown. There is also improving transit access coming via a new Commuter Rail station at New Balance's Boston Landing campus.


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