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March, 24 2016

Developer tops Dorchester medical space with apartments

Developer tops Dorchester medical space with apartments
Donna Goodison, Boston Herald
Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Rhode Island developer has set its sights on constructing a five-story, 64-apartment building with studio to two-bedroom units on Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester.

Peregrine Group LLC has an agreement with Codman Square Health Center to buy the site at 1943 Dorchester Ave., next to the Ashmont MBTA Station in Peabody Square, according to plans filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The 48,000-square-foot project would include a new mixed-use building with a rear second-floor outdoor terrace and eight affordable housing units. The health center has an option on 2,200 square feet of ground-floor space for potential future medical/clinical uses.

“The residential building design­ elements, both inside and out, will create a high-quality living environment for young urban professionals, graduate and medical students, young families and empty nesters­,” Peregrine said in its project filing­.

Boston’s Cube Design + Research­ is the project architect.

Two deteriorating buildings on the former Odwin Learning Center location would be demolished.

Peregrine Group is partnering with the nonprofit St. Marks Area Main Street on the proposed development. Peregrine is a real estate development and advisory firm.

The development would include­ up to 24 parking spaces­. Twenty-three spaces at the site are currently used by cus­tomers of the adjacent Tavolo restaurant, located across the street in the Carruth building — a practice that will end once the property is deeded to Pere­grine.

The company hopes to start construction in the beginning of next year.