The first truckloads of debris leave the old Royal Friend Chicken site in mid-November 2015.

Royal Fried Chicken Razed as Work Starts on 21 Housing Units Plus Retail

The wrecking ball swung down on the old Royal Fried Chicken shop last Monday to begin work on 21 units of new housing and ground-floor retail. The development by Boston Properties, was approved after community meetings by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in January.  Attorney Joe Hanley — who represented 3200 Washington St LLC -  was responsible for project overview and permitting. The apartment house is being designed by Studio 47 Architects. For more on this project, please check our archive of coverage.


Letter: Stonybrook Neighborhood Association Has No Position on Development at Former Fried Chicken Place

Dear Editor,

We would like to clarify the Stonybrook Neighborhood Association’s position on the project at 3383-3389 Washington St. (Feb. 9, Neighborhood Committee Okays Fried Chicken Place's Mixed-Use Transformation). Specifically, we have no position. The developers may have met with individual SNA members but the SNA has not negotiated the details of this project in any official capacity, and does not support a statement such as “We’re very much in favor of this project.”

This statement was made by an individual who is a member of the SNA (having owned property within our boundaries) but is not an official spokesperson.

Plan for 3383-3389 Washington St., former home of Royal Fried Chicken.

Neighborhood Committee Okays Fried Chicken Place’s Mixed-Use Transformation

A stretch of Washington Street most famous as the former home of Royal Fried Chicken has taken two more steps toward becoming 21 apartments and two new retail spaces. The plan for 3383-3389 Washington St. won approval Wednesday from the zoning committee of the JP Neighborhood Council. In late January, the project passed muster with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, according to the Gazette. But not all the red tape is done.


Goodbye Fried Chicken, Hello Penthouses

When it rains it pours on Union Avenue. A month after a contentious public meeting about one 20-unit mixed use development at Washington and Green Streets, a second one is proposed about two blocks away at 3383-3389 Washington Street. But rainbows hovered over the latter at the Boston Redevelopment Authority Small Project Review hearing last Thursday as many of the same Union Avenue residents who opposed the first were positive about the second. Boston Property Development proposes a four-story building with 21 apartments and two ground-floor commercial spaces on a 17,000 square foot lot wedged between Schell Printing and Express Pizza opposite the BMS retail warehouse. The $3.5 million dollar development would feature a fourth-floor penthouse set back from the lower floors.