Developers hoping to revamp an old warehouse not far from Inman Square with residential and retail space were before the Planning Board yet again for a design review following changes to the project’s plans.
The board had issued a special permit back in November 2016, but since then a new architect stepped in, changing several aspects of the structures design and materials. The new architect, Jeffrey Olinger, updated the board of the changes on July 18, and members unanimously agreed the changes improved the project.
Where is the project located?
The proposed building, known as the 305 Webster Avenue Condominiums, will replace the warehouse located at the junction of Webster Avenue and Columbia Street. Visible from Cambridge Street, the site is near the future Union Square station on the proposed Green Line Extension.
Formerly home to Columbia Auto Parts, the existing warehouse will be demolished.
During the July 18 Planning Board meeting, chair H. Theodore Cohen said the design of the first-floor windows hearkens back to the garages that were there in the auto facilities.
Whats in the building?
The 37,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped structure will have four stories. The first floor will include retail space at the Webster Avenue and Columbia Street junction. The condominium building will have 35 residential units, with four qualifying as affordable housing. Four residences on the first floor, including one of the affordable units, have been designed as live/work spaces.
The project will use the warehouses existing basement as a parking garage, with 35 available spaces. The structure will also support bicycle parking.
What is the status of the project?
The project remains under review for a building permit.
Olinger, the projects architect, wrote in a recent letter to the Planning Board: Our team is excited to be a part of this transformational moment in Cambridges urban life, and we hope that our design speaks to the history of the site, while adding new residential life to a once sleepy corner of the city.