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New real estate trend alert: Car-free developments

The proposal for a new development at 1970 Dot. Ave. in the Ashmont neighborhood has it all.  56 residential apartment units, a media room, a gym, plenty of racks for bikes, and roof deck.  One thing it doesn’t have is off-street parking.  This seems to be a new trend for developments located conveniently near public transportation.  In this case, 1970 Dot. Ave is right across the street from Ashmont Station.  According to Commonwealth Magazine, this development plan also includes a provision in tenants leases stating they can’t own a car that is parked on the street.   How will they enforce that you ask?  Well, the building will be registered with the city’s transportation department so no residential parking permits will be issued.

In South Boston, a proposal for a new development with 25 apartments and no parking located in Andrew Square was recently approved by the BPDA.  The BPDA also approved another 55 unit building near Broadway Station with no parking spots.

So is this the new trend?  According to the article in Commonwealth Magazine, it is.  And not just for Boston but it’s a trend nationwide.

So what do you think?  Will it help with our city-wide traffic and parking issues?  We think it’s a step in the right direction!

The developers of the 1970 Dot. Ave. will also offer discounts on rent if tenants purchase mostly T passes.  Well, that’ s an incentive in itself. 

Here’s the link to the Commonwealth Magazine article – it’s a good one!  Jenn Cartee, executive director of Greater Ashmont Main Street gets a shoutout too!

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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and Caught in Dot and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Hockey mom, yoga enthusiast, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.