Dot Block Project: Construction Update

Artist rendering of Dot Block buildingWork proceeds on the massive Dot Block project. For the latest information, I contacted Catherine O’Neill, a spokesperson for the project, who provided project updates previously. She informed me via e-mail (links added):

“The new temporary fence is almost completed and we have begun to cut and cap the utilities – this will take approximately three weeks – we began Tuesday on Dorchester Avenue, then will proceed to Hancock, then Pleasant then Greenmount – when completed the demolition will begin – I’m thinking the buildings will start coming down second week of March… the subcontractor doing the cut and cap is Metro Equipment Corp and the demolition contractor is Vinagro.”

According to the approved BPDA Board memo in 2016:

“The Project site is comprised of four existing parcels totaling 172,023 square feet (3.9 acres) of land, and bounded by Greenmount Street to the North, Dorchester Avenue to the East, hancock Street to the South, and Pleasant Street to the West. The Site excludes the South corner piece of the city-block bounded by Hancock Street and Dorchester Avenue, as well as the North-East corner piece of the block at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Greenmount Street.

The Site currently includes 4 existing 2-story buildings which are all vacant and in poor condition; an auto-body shop, a private way (Greenmount Place) off Greenmount Street, which is expected to be incorporated into the Site; and a 15-foot City of Boston Sewer Easement tht runs through a portion of the Site from Dorchester Avenue to Pleasant Street. The existing buildings will be demolished to enable the Proposed Project to be constructed… DOT BLOCK LLC proposes to develop an approximately 388,400 gross square foot development containing approximately 362 residential units, approximately 37,000 square feet of new retail space on Dorchester Avenue and a 5-story 450 parking space garage. The proposal calls for five buildings ranging from four to six stories in height…”

For more information, visit the Dot Block project page at the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) site.