Stop & Shop is jumping into the development boom that is remaking neighborhoods across Boston, proposing to build more than 1,000 apartments in a mainly commercial area off the Massachusetts Turnpike on the Allston-Brighton line.
The supermarket chain submitted plans to Boston officials for what would be among the biggest housing developments in the city. The 11-acre property is adjacent to the new Boston Landing development being built by New Balance that will also include several hundred apartments and a new commuter rail station.
The proposal is in keeping with Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s push to get more housing in the outer neighborhoods of Boston and would also help the mayor reach his stated goal of building 53,000 new units by 2030.
And Allston-Brighton has emerged as perhaps the hottest of those outlying neighborhoods, as builders look for locations that are cheaper than downtown but still relatively close to job centers in the city. The Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain and Readville in Hyde Park each have proposals for several hundred apartments, while just across the city line, in Watertown and in Somerville, there are hundreds more in the works.
In a preliminary filing with the Boston Planning & Development Agency, Stop & Shop outlined a multiple-phase project at 60 Everett St. that would start with a 360-unit residential building and a new “state-of-the-art” supermarket to replace the 20-year-old store there now. Later phases would add up to 650 more housing units, retail, parking, and perhaps office space.
Stop & Shop also said it would create open space within the property and add a street and bikeway. It did not provide a timeline for the project. More details will come this spring, a spokeswoman said.
“We are excited to share our vision with the community and look forward to hearing from our neighbors as we bring this project to life,” said Linda Costanzo, director of real estate for Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold USA, in a statement. “We welcome a thoughtful dialogue about how to maximize the local benefits associated with this project.”
Allston-Brighton has numerous large-scale projects underway or in development, including the seven-building, 15-acre Boston Landing campus, which includes with a new corporate headquarters for New Balance, apartments, hotel, and practice facilities for the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics. New Balance is also funding the new commuter rail station, expected to open this year, that will provide transit service directly to downtown.
Much of the new development in this part of the section is in a corridor on either side of the turnpike. There is a series of apartment buildings proposed or constructed along Western Avenue, and closer to the Stop & Shop, on Braintree Street, an 80-unit apartment building is under construction.
And, Harvard University is working on a 500,000-square-foot science and engineering complex in Allston and planning a further buildout on the site of the former CSX Beacon Park rail yard about a half-mile east of the Stop & Shop property. Brighton Center also has several large apartment and condo developments under review.
It’s a lot of big, new development coming to a neighborhood of mostly modest, middle-class housing, said Carol Ridge Martinez, executive director of the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation.
“I think a lot of people will say it’s pretty dense,” she said. “People are concerned about traffic, and about what types of housing might get built.”
But Martinez, whose group owns an affordable-housing development next door to the Stop & Shop site, said the project — as long as it’s well-designed — could help change the way people look at a neighborhood that is changing fast.
“The whole corridor [along North Beacon] has never really looked very good,” Martinez said. “You drive up and down and think, ‘This is Allston-Brighton?’ Things could really improve.”Tim Logan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.