Dorchester-based developer Trinity Financial this week released images of its proposed plans for the site of an auto body shop by Shawmut MBTA Station.
The renderings were included in a Jan. 3 filing with city officials. The project, which has gathered opposition from abutters, is being reviewed by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA).
Trinity Financial, owned by Dorchester resident Jim Keefe, plans to redevelop the Fitzpatrick Bros. auto body shop site at 150 Centre St., steps away from the Shawmut MBTA station. Trinity also was behind the development of the Carruth building by Ashmont MBTA station, and the Treadmark building, on the site of the former Ashmont Tire business.
The size of the 150 Centre St. proposal has steadily shrunk as Trinity has gone back and forth with neighborhood residents. It started at 91 units.
The proposal now calls for a four-story building with 74 residential units, including 45 (61 percent) marked for affordable housing. The units will mostly be one-bedroom homes (42 units), with the rest made up of two-bedrooms (19 units) and studios (13 units).
A below-grade garage would have 39 parking spaces, and storage space for 74 bicycles. There is no retail component planned for the 0.66-acre site.
They are looking for the building to have fossil-fuel free HVAC systems and they’re “exploring the use of an innovating Cross Laminated Timber structural systems, which takes less carbon to produce than steel or concrete and as a wood product stores carbon,” according to the filing.
In the filing, the development team said the project will “fit perfectly with the Wu Administration’s laudable efforts in fighting both the housing crisis and climate change.”
A view of the proposal for 150 Centre Street. (Image from ICON Architecture/Trinity Financial via BPDA)
If it gains the necessary approvals, the project team is eyeing a May 2024 construction start, wrapping up by May 2026.
But the developers have been battling with opponents in the neighborhood for years, with some abutters still saying the project remains too big for their area. There has also been a clash with the neighboring Epiphany School, whose leaders attempted to make a competing offer to buy the Fitzpatrick Bros. site last summer. School officials backed off after a legal threat from Trinity, which has had a purchase and sale agreement for the property since 2020.
In its filing this week, the project team noted that previous Trinity projects have been met with “initial opposition and skepticism,” but “after the projects were built and in operation, these concerns proved to be non-issues and the completed projects are typically welcomed by the community and viewed as neighborhood assets.”
Overhead shot of the site. (Image from ICON Architecture/Trinity Financial via BPDA)