Chinatown Boston mixed-use residential project modified
Jan 2011 22

Parcel 24 is the colloquial name for a massive mixed-use residential project proposed for the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston. In fact, it’s so massive that, when completed, it may house as much as 25% of the entire Chinatown population.

It has gone through various reiterations during the past decade, through two economic downturns.

The developer is back with a new proposal.


The revised plan increases the number of residential units from 325 to 345 — 295 rentals and 50 condominiums — above 5,500 square feet of first- and second-floor commercial space and 6,000 square feet of interior space for community uses. It reduces the number of affordable condo units, increases the affordable rental units and converts market-rate condos to market-rate rentals. About 42 percent of all units will be affordable, and the income limits for affordable units will be lower than in the previous plan.

The parcel was most-recently an empty swath of landscaped land between a Route 93 South on-ramp and Hudson Street, perpendicular to Kneeland Street. Until the 1960′s, it was a densely-populated are full of five-story brick-front apartments made up of Chinese, Syrian, and Lebanese immigrants. The neighborhood was torn down for construction of the Southeast Expressway.

More: Changes to Chinatown development win neighborhood approval,

Photo accompanying this entry from a previous proposal; rendering by ADD, Inc.

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