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Mission Hill’s Smith Street development is back on track

New Developments Mission Hill

New proposals were recently filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency for the 202,000-square-foot residential development split between 80 and 100 Smith St. in Mission Hill.

The plans include a third change for the building height at 100.

Weston Associates’ original 2005 plans, scuppered by the 2008 recession, had proposed eight stories for 80 Smith, a figure that has remained consistent. But 100 Smith jumped from 14 stories in 2005 to 17 levels last year. The latest plan settles at 13 stories.  That means a reduction in apartments from the original 2005 projection of 229 to 218.

There are several high-rise apartment buildings nearby, all taller than the proposals for 80 and 100 Smith, including one at 24 stories.

The next stage for Weston Associates is to get approval for the demolition of two buildings, which reportedly have been left in increasing disrepair since the 1970s.

The buildings, particularly 80 Smith, abut The Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, one of the Archdiocese of Boston’s most prominent churches and notable as the place Senator Edward Kennedy chose for his funeral in 2009. Built by The Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province, the church opened in 1870 and is known colloquially as “Mission Church,” a moniker that gave the area its name.

The Redemptorists also built schools and the long-abandoned St. Alphonsus Hall, at 80 Smith, a social and activities center that was the heart of the neighborhood.

Along with site improvements, such as a 15-dock Bluebike station, the development will include parking shared by 80, 90, and 100 Smith. The Harvard School of Public Heath uses 90 Smith.

The only statement on the project at this time comes from David MacKay, vice president of development at Weston Associates, who said, “We are happy to engage with our Mission Hill neighbors to help ease the housing crisis in the community and bring this dormant property site back to life.”

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