The Commons at Forest Hills Station Begins

Removal of rubble from demolished buildings on the Hughes Oil Site. This area once had a huge wood frame coal bins  built by the Metropolitan Coal Company about 1900 and then replaced by gasoline tanks by Gulf Oil Company.

Removal of rubble from demolished buildings on the Hughes Oil Site. This area once had a huge wood frame coal bins built by the Metropolitan Coal Company about 1900 and then replaced by gasoline tanks by Gulf Oil Company. Photo credit: Richard Heath

Demolition of the former Hughes Oil Company and related buildings began on Thursday to make way for the 280 apartments of the Commons at Forest Hills Station developed by Brennan-Corcoran Partners. The cluster building development won approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Oct. 17, 2013.

This is just one of several large-scale projects that will rapidly change the Forest Hills neighborhood. The Casey Overpass is coming down soon, to be replaced with a network of surface roads. “Parcel U,” over by Ukraine Way, will be home to 124 apartments and townhouses. The nearby Flanagan & Seaton property will become a mixed-use development including a storage facility.

Bulldozers clear rubble awy from brick buildings of the old Hughes Oil Company originally built by the Gulf Oil Company.

Richard Heath

Bulldozers clear rubble awy from brick buildings of the old Hughes Oil Company originally built by the Gulf Oil Company.

And here’s what The Commons at Forest Hills Station would look like when done:

Rendering of The Commons at Forest Hills Station as seen from the northwest. Plans are as of July 22, 2013.

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Rendering of The Commons at Forest Hills Station as seen from the northwest. Plans are as of July 22, 2013.