Mixed-use development project slated for Mattapan’s Blue Hill Avenue

Plans call for sit-down restaurant, 21 condos; developer, community groups outlined benefits

Jule Pattison-Gordon | 5/4/2017, 6 a.m.
A $12 million Mattapan development could turn several blighted lots into housing, retail space, and a sit-down restaurant.
Rendering of the building proposed for 1199-1203 Blue Hill Avenue. Project rendering courtesy of Karen Bunch, consultant

Lopes said developers also came to an agreement with residents over the types of retail businesses that the project would house. The area has hit saturation point with dollar stores, liquor stores and storefront churches, Lopes said. Instead, there is a strong desire for nice restaurants and businesses that create jobs and enhance the business atmosphere, he said. Residents requested as well that parking in front of the building be limited to two hours so as to ensure room for customers seeking to patronize businesses.

Finally, Lopes said, residents wanted to be sure that quality materials are used in construction so that anything built in the area does not end up deteriorating within a few years. Based on design plans presented, Lopes said he feels confident in the aesthetics and lasting quality of the building.

Next steps

Should BPDA review and zoning relief processes go smoothly, the project is anticipated to be completed by the second quarter of 2019, according to documents filed with the BPDA.

Lopes said the developer will be scheduling a meeting soon with the neighborhood association to present his full plans. If all goes well, the Wellington Hill Neighborhood Association then will provide them with a letter of support.