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New Condo Project in Brighton Proposed

Beginning next spring, a 46-unit condo project in Brighton will be underway. The nearly 50,000-square-foot, five-story complex will sit on approximately one-third acre at 40-50 Hichborn Street where two three-family homes and a garage presently stand.

Located near the Boston Landing development, the project is estimated to cost $9.5 million and will feature one common roof deck, several private roof decks and a rooftop pool. Amenities will include a community room, gym, fitness and yoga room, individual storage rooms and a 50-vehicle garage parking area.

The condos will range in size from studio to three bedrooms. Forty will be priced at market rate and the remaining six priced affordably.

Because multi-family construction is prohibited in this industrial development area, a variance is required. In addition, a zoning relief is required due to the height of the building and the large parking area.

The project is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2019.

Aberdeen of Brighton

Another recent condo/retail project is Aberdeen of Brighton located within walking distance of downtown Brighton at the former site of a gas station on Commonwealth Avenue. The five-story, 49,000-plus-square-foot complex includes 40 condo units sitting atop a 2,400-square-foot retail space on the building's ground floor. Ranging in size from 600 to 790 square feet, the condo units include two one-bedroom, twenty-five two-bedroom and three three-bedroom options with one- or two-car attached garage.

Five units are available to low-income consumers, meeting Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy requirement that 13 percent of residential units be made available to low-income buyers. Three units are available to those earning less than or equal to 80 percent of the Boston area's median income, and two units are available to those earning less than or equal to 100 percent of the area's median income.

The building's architecture is reminiscent of 1930s New York Art Deco residential design.

The Lancaster

Offering 55 luxury condos and rentals, The Lancaster is also located on Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton. The five-story building sits above a heated parking garage that provides secure space for 55 vehicles plus storage for bicycles.

Designed in the style of British Jacobean architecture, The Lancaster is named after the world-famous Royal Air Force plane; and its main foyer, elevator lobby and hallways all reflect the architecture of the period.

Residents of The Lancaster enjoy such community amenities as a large library that overlooks a courtyard patio, fitness center and yoga studio.

Floor plans range from one bedroom units to penthouse. Both one-bedroom and one-bedroom plus den units feature Bosch kitchen appliances, including high-efficiency dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker and water filter and five-burner gas range, Shaker-style cabinets, granite counter tops, living area hardware floors, spacious bedrooms and closets and brushed nickel hardware and fixtures. Two- and three-bedroom units and penthouses feature all the above amenities, plus most also have balconies or decks.

Boston Landing Commercial Development

In recent years, Brighton has also seen a rebirth in commercial development. In 2015, New Balance opened its global headquarters in a new sci-fi-style building in the Boston Landing development on the Massachusetts Pike. The building reflects the movement that characterizes the shoe industry. Connecting the businesses in Boston Landing is pedestrian-friendly Guest Street. Other businesses in the district include Kohi Coffee Company, Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar and the New Hampshire Flatbread Company.

The key to the success of the Boston Landing urban renewal story is the cooperation between large businesses such as New Balance and the local government.

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