Review of Massive ‘One Charlestown’ Project Begins

This article originally appeared in the Boston Globe on September 30, 2016.

  A rendering of “One Charlestown.”

A rendering of “One Charlestown.”

By Dan AdamsBoston GLOBE STAFF  

The review process is officially underway for an ambitious, $1 billion project that would transform the 1940s-era Bunker Hill public housing development into a mixed-income neighborhood dubbed “One Charlestown.”

Co-developers Corcoran Jennison Associates and SunCal have submitted details of their proposed 3,200-unit, 13-block complex to the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority) and the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, which must sign off on the plans.

New renderings show a series of six- to 21-story apartment and condo buildings, each with a tree-filled courtyard and many with retail shops or civic spaces on the ground floor. The buildings’ facades will be divided into vertical segments designed by different architects, an attempt to give the complex a friendlier, less monolithic look. The new neighborhood will also include two new parks, and single-story parking garages buried underneath each block, the developers said.

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 CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2015  The “One Charlestown” project proposes to transform the 1940s-era Bunker Hill public housing development into a mixed-income neighborhood .

CRAIG F. WALKER/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2015 The “One Charlestown” project proposes to transform the 1940s-era Bunker Hill public housing development into a mixed-income neighborhood.