The third phase of the Arsenal Yards project will include the first of four residential buildings planned for the renovation of the Arsenal Mall.
In July, Boylston Properties – the developers of the property – introduced plans for Building F (see plans here) during a Community Meeting. On the bottom floor will be restaurant and retail space, with a level of underground parking below and three levels of parking above. On top of the garage will be three floors of apartments.
The design changed from the original proposal in the Master Plan Special Permit approved by the Planning Board. It has an extra level of residential, with 23 more units, said Jeff Heidelberg, project manager for Boylston Properties. The entire project will have 424 units. There will be residential units in Buildings C and D, which are located in what is now the parking lot, as well as in Building G, the tower that will be built near the east side of Arsenal Park.
The height of the building went from 83 feet, six inches to 89 feet, four inches. Either way, the high-rise codes come into effect, Heidelberg said.
“We need to do steel, which is more expensive,” Heidelberg said. “We looked into doing no residential but that didn’t look good.”
Instead, they reduced the heights of the floors slightly and were able to add an additional floor without adding a lot of height, Heidelberg said.
The residential area will also have two outdoor areas with amenities for all the residential buildings in Arsenal Yards. The larger area will include a pool, a grill area, a lounge with TVs and a shared kitchen, Heidelberg said, and the smaller space will have a patio space.
Brick will be used on the exterior of the retail floor, said architect Laura Portney.
The residential area will have large windows reminiscent of a mill building to give it the look of lofts. There will be studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments. Brick and corrugated metal will be used on the exterior, Portney said.
The garage will be steel clad with pre-cast concrete, Portney said. The concrete on the side of the garage will be textured to look similar but not identical to the garage in Building B, where the hotel will be located.
On the south side of the building, the rear part of the retail, a mural will be created.
“We are working with a graphics designer to come up with some set of imagery to highlight what was made at the Arsenal,” Porntey said.
The parking garage will have 575 spaces in the building. The underground parking will be reserved for residents, as will the top deck of the parking garage. The rest of the parking will be for retail customers. There will also be spaces on the street for retail customers.
Phase 3, including Building F, will likely be in front of the Planning Board for approval in October, Heidelberg said.
A second Community Meeting on Phase 3 will be held Aug. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Innovation Space in the Arsenal Mall.