Criterion files Forest Hills LOI

Criterion Development Partners filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for the Residences at Forest Hills, an rental complex near the Orange Line terminus built over what’s currently a parking lot. According to the LOI, three buildings containing a total of 260 apartments would be built over a garage containing 126 parking spaces — down from the 300 or so spaces on the lot now, but still a lot for a project directly across the street from a transit hub. The complex will be mixed-use, with around 5500 square feet of ground floor retail space.

Forest Hills

“CDP proposes to transform this two acre asphalt lot into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, mixed-use development,” they wrote in the LOI. If nothing else, they certainly win the buzzword bingo.

There’s reason to be skeptical, as CDP developed Cambridge’s Vox on Two apartments — which is described as “centrally located” and close to Kendall and Harvard Squares despite being on a highway at least a 10 minute walk from Alewife Station. Similaerly, the River’s Edge Apartments in Medford are advertised as a “Pedestrian-friendly short walk” to Wellington Station, but it depends on the definition of “short”. And “Pedestrian-friendly.”

As previously reported, the company has been doing a lot of community engagement with positive results.

No renderings have been released yet, but CDP’s buildings share similar designs. Many of them, including all of their Massachusetts projects to-date, were done by a firm called CUBE 3 Studio, so the Residences at Forest Hills may look similar.

Vox on Two

Vox on Two.



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