BMS Paper and Market, 3390 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain, this week filed plans with the BPDA to complete its current brick building with 151 residential units and add a restaurant and expand its existing store.
The expanded six-story building on the approximately 2-acre site would have two levels of parking with spaces for 109 cars, with parking with a further 18 spaces for residents and BMS customers. A space would be reserved for 195 bicycles, both for residents and customers.
The site is next to where the Pine Street Inn got approval for an apartment building – across from a landlord who says he’s worried enough about parking to sue to try to stop the Pine Street proposal.
BMS offers 44 studios, 68 one-bedroom units, 31 two-bedroom units and 8 three-bedroom units. Some 23% of the units would be rented or sold at an affordable price – the filing does not indicate whether BMS plans to rent the units as apartments or sell them as condos.
The multiple interconnected buildings are organized around a landscaped central courtyard, and the heights of the buildings vary and increase from being lower at street level (4 floors), to the central part (5 floors), to the rear of the site (6 floors) which is buried on two levels in the existing hillside.
The restaurant would be on the second floor of the building, with a rooftop terrace above.
The file describes the architecture of the building:
One of the highlights of the project is that the existing 2.5-story brick masonry mill-style building along Washington Street will largely remain in place. This allows the familiar element along the street to continue to be part of the fabric of the neighborhood. The rest of the project will move away from the existing building and use similar materials and styling throughout. The new commercial and residential entrances will use brick masonry and large glazed areas at the front of the stores to better connect and identify the building’s entry points to the public. Internally, the lower floors of the new building will continue to use brick masonry at a similar height and scale to the existing 2 ½ story building, as well as using large window and storefront openings oversized to complement commercial, public and common space uses. in these lower level spaces.
On the upper floors, building materials shift to a more residential style palette using a mix of fiber cement sheathing and panel sheathing organized to break down the massing and establish a rhythm consistent with a high-rise residential building style. medium. The use of building bays and balcony recesses further breaks down the mood of the building and allows for complementary colors and materials to the main body of the building. Windows in residential areas come in different sizes and vary with different cladding materials. This allows for greater interest along the facade while maintaining a cohesive pattern to help organize the overall look of the building facades.
3390 Washington St. Project Notification Form (25.1M PDF).
3390 Washington St. filings and schedules of meetings and comments.