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Two New South End Apartment Buildings in Nordblom Proposal


Ink Block, the redevelopment of the former Boston Herald site at the edge of the South End, is about to get some competition.

Burlington, Mass.-based Nordblom Co. has filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for approval to build a pair of apartment buildings across the street from the old Herald site. Under the proposal, the developer is seeking approval for 345 Harrison Ave. that would include a 14-story building along Harrison Avenue with 369 units and a second, 13-story building with 233 units on Washington Street.

Plans call for the demolition of the two-story Graybar warehouse to make way for the 569,400-square-foot project that will include 33,500 square feet of ground floor retail. If approved, construction could begin as early as the second quarter of 2014.

The 279-page submission said the development is consistent with the goals stated in the city’s strategic plan for the neighborhood.

  • It says the project will introduce a dense urban mix of interactive uses, including “18-hour” retail, restaurant and residential uses.
  • The developers also propose to build a new pedestrian way through the site, breaking up the massing and encouraging pedestrian activity.
  • They say the project will revitalize an underutilized urban area, removing an unattractive warehouse.
  • It will also use land efficiently to connect the area to downtown and Chinatown.
  • They propose sidewalks with increased width and streetscape enhancements that promote the use of alternative modes of transportation and minimize parking on-site, while providing bicycle racks and amenities.

National Development of Newton, Mass., is building Ink Block at the former Herald location, where 83 luxury condominiums and 392 apartments are now under construction. National Development plans to begin building the condominium portion of the projet in early 2014 and the building is set to open for occupancy in mid-2015.