Developer Eyeing New Residential Project at Forest Hills

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Preliminary plans are being discussed for a 260-unit residential development at the LAZ parking lot across from the Forest Hills T station where Washington Street meets the Arborway, the JP Gazette reported this week.

The owner of Criterion Development Partners told the Gazette in an interview that he's held six meetings with groups and individuals in the area. The company intends to file a project notification form with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in the next couple of months..

Based on the preliminary plans, the development would include three-, five- and six-story buildings containing residential units, an underground garage, additional surface parking and 6,000 square feet of retail space.

The BRA's spokesperson says the agency has had preliminary talks with the developer, and has emphasized that any formal proposal should align with the ongoing JP-Rox planning process, which is looking at development along the Washington Street corridor from Forest Hills to Jackson Square.

For more details, read the full story in the Gazette.

If the project moves forward, this development could be the latest in a string of residential projects in Forest Hills as developers increasingly aim to create housing near transportation hubs. The 283-unit Commons at Forest Hills Station project is under construction, and 124 residential units are on tap at the so-called "Parcel U" on Hyde Park Avenue near Ukraine Way. And, of course, the Casey Overpass project is ongoing; MassDOT officials recently announced that its completion date has been delayed for a year.

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