BRA Approves Revised 120 Kingston Street Project in Chinatown
The Board approved the revised plans for the 120 Kingston Street project in Chinatown located at the site of the former Dainty Dot hosiery building. The project was previously approved on May 15, 2008. Since that time, the developer has made design refinements during the course of the BRA’s design review. The design changes allow for an increase in the amount of units, as well as the potential inclusion of rental units along with homeownership units.
Previously approved as a 209,000 square foot project with 147 residential units, the project now includes a 228,865 square foot building with up to 200 residential units, approximately 5,300 square feet of retail space (compared to 4,000 square feet) and approximately 70 below and above-grade parking spaces (compared to 95 vehicles.) The project will have a maximum height of 270 feet, which is a 10-foot increase from the originally approved project, and will be 26 stories.
At the interface of the project site with Chinatown Park, approximately 2,000 square feet will be added to the edge of the park consisting of green space and an open café, replacing surface parking that is screened by a separating wall. A maintenance room for the Greenway Conservancy will also be incorporated into the project. Part of the project’s design, which will serve as a backdrop to the Chinatown Park’s water feature, includes vertical, laser etched glass fins, set perpendicular to the face of the building, and will be edge-lit by LED light strips.
The development team is composed of the Hudson Group North America LLC, whose principal is Ori Ron, as the developer; Elkus Mandredi as the architectural firm; Rubin and Rudman as the legal counsel and Tetra Tech Rizzo as the permitting consultant.
Total project cost is approximately $105 million. The developer plans to begin construction in mid 2011 with an estimated completion date in mid 2013. The project will create approximately 225 construction jobs.