There is a chance Wednesday night’s session of the East Design Review Board will be postponed due to wintry weather. If so, you’ll be prepared early for a January 29th session reviewing on The Victor, a planned eight-story, 227-unit apartment building on First Hill.
If not, read up quick and settle in for what could be the project’s final step in the public design process.
CHS reported last May on the early plans for the project from developer Carmel Partners and Encore Architects and their “church-friendly” midrise design in a zone that could have featured an apartment tower. Instead, the new development planned for 1100 Boylston will replace a surface parking lot with lots of new First Hill housing but even more deference for the neighboring First Baptist Church.
Carmel paid a pretty price for the parking lot land — it bought the three parcels making up the lot from the Polyclinic for $18.1 million in 2018 according to county records.
After bouts of disappointment with the earliest designs for the project, the design board Wednesday night — again, if the snow doesn’t push things back — will be looking at the project’s planned mix of metal and masonry materials, facade symmetry to echo First Hill’s “formality,” and the design’s achievement of a “courtyard” typology “similar to many traditional First Hill apartment buildings.”
Does it succeed? Find out tonight… or in two weeks.
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