17-story Brighton residential tower proposed atop Comm Ave. hill

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A rendering of the development proposed for 1515 Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton.
A rendering of the development proposed for 1515 Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton. RODE Architects, Inc., OJB Landscape Architecture via BPDA

The site of a former Brighton hospital could become home to a 17-story residential complex that would rise on the peak of a Commonwealth Avenue hill, plans filed this week show.

In a proposal submitted to the city Monday, DIV 1515 Commonwealth, LLC, an affiliate of The Davis Companies, laid out its vision to construct a mix of  330 apartments and condominiums at 1515 Commonwealth Ave., swapping out the now-shuttered, four-story building that once housed Kindred Hospital.

Any future tenants would probably have a view. The 2.2-acre property sits atop a steep hill, allowing the tower — 17 stories high at its tallest point — would stand notably above the surrounding rooftops. Plans show other parts of the complex would range from six to nine stories tall.

Developers see a lot of potential to build in greenery around the roughly 340,000-square-foot development, a landscape design that would play off nearby Fidelis Way Park and include a new walkway to the site.

“The project’s green space will complement the active recreational uses in Fidelis Way Park, and will include a flexible lawn for games and passive recreational uses, and a seating plaza with tables and a canopy structure to serve as a gathering area for small groups,” a Project Notification Form says.

. —RODE Architects, Inc., OJB Landscape Architecture via BPDA

According to plans, the property will offer 175 apartments and 155 condos. The site revamp also calls for 200 parking spaces, 130 more than currently at the site.

Residents would have easy access to public transportation, too, with the MBTA’s Green Line zipping along the avenue. Bicycle storage would also be provided.

“The project is designed to operate as one building that will have two separate residential components,” the plans say. “The lower component of the building will contain the rental units, and the taller component will contain the condominium units. Each portion of the project will have its own vertical access and residential amenity/support spaces, while being connected to the project site and the public with a shared entry, lobbies, parking, and green space. A series of rooftop terraces will be available for building residents.”

While the proposal is still under review by the Boston Planing and Development Agency, developers are looking to break ground early next year, with construction expected to take about 20 months.

If approved, the project would be the latest of several developments transforming the neighborhood.

According to developers, seven other residential projects within about a quarter mile of the site are either in the works or currently before the BPDA, such as the restoration of St. Gabriel’s Monastery, which will also include the construction of 660 units at 159-201 Washington St.

The BPDA is accepting public comments on the plans for 1515 Commonwealth Ave. through July 10.

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