1234-1240 Soldiers Field Road/Image courtesy of RODE Architects

A developer will pay $1 million to a new fund created by the city of Boston to support displaced artists, after receiving approval for a mixed-income housing and life science project in Allston.

Bracken Development received Boston Planning & Development Agency approval for a 483,000-square-foot development at 93-129 Braintree St., replacing a building that includes artist studios.

The project was among 1.8 million square feet of development approved by the BPDA board at its monthly meeting, including 1,027 housing units.

Representatives of the ArtStaysHere Coalition said the 25 existing tenants of the Braintree Street building received insufficient relocation assistance from the owners, which plan to build a 12-story, 385,700-square-foot life science building and 88-unit residential building on the site.

Options offered to the tenants offered no guarantees they wouldn’t face displacement again in a few years, ArtStaysHere organizer Ami Bennett told the BPDA board. 

“We are aiming to find a long lease. I don’t think this is the Boston we want to be,” Bennett said.

The tenants and coalition are working with New Atlantic Development to find a permanent replacement, Bennett said in an email.

Shrinking availability of arts and cultural spaces recently came to a head at a Brighton property being positioned for life science redevelopment, 155 North Beacon St., former home of the Sound Museum rehearsal space.

After protests by the local arts community, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Record Co. found a temporary location for musicians in Dorchester, while developer IQHQ prepares a permanent replacement studio at 290 North Beacon St. The office of arts and culture recently created a fund to assist arts groups find and retain affordable spaces.

March’s board approvals included 1,027 housing units, of which 212 will be income-restricted.

Redevelopment of the former Skating Club of Boston property will include four residential buildings and a 195-room hotel. The Davis Cos.’ project includes an all-affordable condo and apartment building and a 395-unit residential tower at 1240 Soldiers Field Road. The Studio Allston hotel site at 1234 Soldiers Field Road will be redeveloped with 76 condos and an 11-story, 195-room hotel. The Davis Cos. also is working with the state Division of Conservation and Recreation on plans for a pedestrian bridge connecting to the Charles River Reservation.

Another 70 residential condos were approved at 75 Tremont St. in Brighton. Developers Saracen Properties and Mainsail Management are joint venturing on the project, replacing a vacant lot.

In an amendment to the development plan for Allston Yards, the mixed-use redevelopment of Stop & Shop’s Everett Street property, the first phase will include 150 residential condos, including 24 income-restricted units.

In Dorchester, City Realty received approval for a 52-unit apartment complex replacing a parking lot at 13 Norwood St.

In Roslindale, the board approved a 5-story, 124-unit apartment complex at 361-371 Belgrade Ave. by developer Upton Belgrade Investment Partners, replacing an industrial property next to the MBTA’s Bellevue commuter rail station.

And in South Boston, the sixth phase of the Boston Housing Authority’s Old Colony redevelopment will create 89 income-restricted units in a new 5-story building.

The board also awarded Nubian Ascends Partners the final designation to redevelop the Blair lot in Roxbury’s Nubian Square. The five-phase project will include artist housing, 135,000 square feet of office and lab space, a 50,000-square-foot food market and culinary space, 43,000-square-foot cultural hall, 6,000 square feet of artist and maker space and 15 housing units.

BPDA Approves 1.8M SF of New Projects

by Steve Adams time to read: 2 min