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680-unit Brighton development would focus on grad students and other academics

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1/4/16, MA - -BRIGHTON,MA - The old St. Gabriel Monastery next to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, part of an 11 acre parcel It is to be redeveloped as grad student housing(globe staff photo :Joanne Rathe reporter: topic:  section: METRO)
The old St. Gabriel's Monastery next to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton. Joanne Rathe / Globe staff

In a letter of intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, a developer has proposed to add 680 residences to Brighton — with a specific clientele in mind.

Jay Doherty, of Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, says he plans to redevelop 11.8 acres at 159-201 Washington Street to provide housing specifically for “graduate students and others engaged in teaching, training, and research in a wide variety of professions.”

He cites the Department of Neighborhood Development’s report, “Student Housing Trends: 2015-2016 Academic Year,” which discusses how the 4,100 grad students currently living in Brighton are “limiting the housing stock” for families and other non-students in the area.

Doherty hopes a development of this scale would free up Brighton housing for other demographics.

The historic St. Gabriel’s Monastery currently sits on the site. Doherty says the structure would remain and become “the focal point” of the project. The 680 residences would also be spread out over four new residential buildings, ranging from four to seven stories in height. There would also be 400 parking spaces.

“The project had been designed as an extensively-landscaped neighborhood consisting of a mix of new and renovated structures,” the letter of intent reads. “Important existing features will be retained and restored, including the currently abandoned Monastery, a Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima, and the verdant landscaping along Washington Street which will buffer the project from nearby residential areas.”

The developer plans to submit a formal proposal to the BRA soon.