1299 Beacon Street

Project Name: 1299 Beacon Street
Comprehensive Permit (Chapter 40B affordable housing)


Initial Proposal: 108 units (12 stories) of age-restricted rental housing on 18,632 sf lot; 2 levels of retail; 2 levels of below grade parking (183 parking spaces for residential and retail)

  • Revised Proposal: 74 units (8-10 stories) of age-restricted rental housing; 2 levels of retail 2 levels of below grade parking (99 parking spaces for residential and retail)
  • Revised Proposal (July 10, 2019): 65 units (8-9 stories) of age-restricted rental housing; 2 levels retail; 2 levels below grade parking (57 parking spaces)
  • Revised Proposal (July 15, 2019): 55 units (8-9 stories) of age-restricted rental housing; 2 levels retail; 2 levels below grade parking (57 parking spaces) ZBA APPROVED 10/2/2019

Applicant: Brighton Allston Properties, LLC (Raj Dhanda)
Location: 1299 Beacon Street (between Trader Joe's and Post Office)

Contact the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Planning Department

If you have any questions for staff or comments for the ZBA, please email Senior Planner Maria Morelli. The Planning Department main number is 617-730-2130.


The timeline (PDF) features all stages of the 40B process and indicates the stage of the project at this time.


NOTE: The official mechanism for notification in accordance with the Open Meeting Law is the Town Calendar not this web page. Visit the Town Calendar for hearing agendas.

Site Eligibility Stage

August 16, 2016: The applicant will present the Site Eligibility proposal for the Board of Selectmen. Notice of Hearing (PDF) The Board of Selectmen will draft comments to submit to subsidizing agency and consider public comments. To submit comments directly to MassHousing on site eligibility, please download these instructions (PDF).

September 6, 2016: Board of Selectmen discusses Town's Response to MassHousing (due September 9).

January 3, 2016: Board of Selectman discusses Town's Response to MassHousing in regard to REVISED Site Eligibility proposal dated November 4, 2016. See BOS Calendar for agenda.

ZBA Application - ZBA Public Hearing

Hearings are held in Select Board's Hearing Room, Sixth Floor, Town Hall, unless otherwise noted. See Town Calendar.

TRANSCRIPTS are available about two weeks after a hearing. Links to full transcripts are provided at the bottom of this page.
March 23, 2018: The Applicant submitted ZBA application for a Comprehensive Permit
April 18, 2018: ZBA Public Hearing is opened and continued (no Board Discussion or Testimony)
April 25, 2017: Continued to May 9, 2018
May 9, 2018: Applicant presents proposal. The ZBA's 40B consultant presents an overview of Chapter 40B. Transcript here. (PDF)
May 30, 2018: ZBA Site Visit - Open to public (Because this is not a public hearing, no testimony will be accepted during the site visit.)
June 13, 2018: ZBA Hearing / Staff Report / Public Comment
> NOTE: June 13 hearing is Room 111 first floor of Town Hall and cannot be televised.
July 11, 2018: ZBA Hearing. Testimony from Town Depts and traffic/parking peer reviewers)
   > Public comment confined to technical questions for peer reviewers
Sept 5, 2018: ZBA Hearing. Testimony from design peer reviewer and Town Boards
   > Public comment confined to technical questions for peer reviewer

October 17, 2018: CONTINUED TO NOVEMBER 28, 2018

November 28, 2018: CONTINUED TO JANUARY 14, 2019

January 14, 2019: CONTINUED TO JANUARY 30, 2019

January 30, 2019: Architecture 

February 13, 2019: Hearing CONTINUED to Feb 27

February 27, 2019: CONTINUED 

April 3, 2019: CONTINUED TO APRIL 24 (no hearing)

April 24, 2019: Traffic / Parking / Site Logistics / Public Safety / Rubbish-Recycling / Geotechnical / Stormwater / Prelim Building Code

May 1, 2019: Geotech/Build. Code, Site Circulation/Logistics, Trash, Parking

June 3, 2019: Revised plans and peer review

July 10, 2019: Parking, geotech, construction management planning

July 15, 2019: Response to ZBA charge (parking ratio)

September 16, 2019: Will be CONTINUED to September 18 (not hearing on 9/16)

September 18 (not 16), 2019: Soil test, Waivers, Conditions

October 2, 2019: Conditions

Public Hearing scheduled to close (180 days from opening + 274 day extension): October 3, 2019

Planning Department: July 11 Design Analysis Report and Presentation
- Maria Morelli, Senior Planner

Design Peer Review Report and Presentation - Sept. 5, 2018


October 2, 2019 Hearing

NOTE PUBLIC HEARING CLOSES October 3, 2019. No testimony will be accepted after October 3.

September 18 (not 16), 2019 Hearing

1 - Soil Testing

2 - Waivers (Applicant's request for waivers from zoning consistent with the latest plans)

3 - DRAFT Conditions [Procedural History and Findings Only]

JULY 15, 2019 Hearing

JULY 10, 2019 Hearing

Applicant Materials 

Peer Review

June 3, 2019 HEARING 

Applicant Materials 

Peer Review Reports 


Applicant Materials

Geotech / Stormwater

Site Circulation / Trash

Peer Review Materials


Site Plan (arch)

Floor Plans

Parking Plan w. trash room

Trash Plan, Trash Room Layout 1-23-2019, Compactor Specs

Auto-Turn Radii

Passenger Loading

North-South Building Section Section

Updated Trip Generation 

Level of Service Analysis - March 25, 2019

Updated Parking Demand Narrative

Geoff Engler, SEB Inc: Additional comments, re parking demand

Narrative: Coordinated Site Logistics, Expected Changes to Public Way

Civil Drawings

Stormwater Report

Geotechnical Report

Preliminary Building Code Analysis April 12, 2019

Comments from Staff (Public Safety, Transportation, Environmental Health)

Comments from Transportation Board

Peer Review Reports

For February 13, 2019 Hearing (Traffic, Parking, Prelim Building Code)

For January 30, 2019 Hearing (Architecture)

For November 28, 2018 hearing (not held)



Plans Submitted with ZBA Application:

Applicant's response to Application Completeness letter (clarification, outstanding and additional materials)
June 2018

From the Applicant (July 2018)
Existing Conditions Survey
Atlas map and Site sections
Presentation including plans and revised parking
Summary of changes
Shadow Studies
Facade details
3D Model: Contact Planning Department


From Staff
Police Department
Planning Department: Trader Joe's Parking and leasing at 1299 Beacon
Building Commissioner
Planning Department: July 11 Report and Presentation
Transportation Administrator Preliminary Comments
Building Commissioner - Sept. 5, 2018
Town Transportation Administrator's memo - 11/27/2018

From Boards and Commissions
Preservation Commission - Sept. 5, 2018

From Peer ReviewersFrom the Public

April 2018
Beth Kates (PDF)
Temple Sinai (PDF)

May 2018
Prasun Agarwal (PDF)
Myra and Howard Berloff (PDF)
Stacy Berloff (PDF)
Nancy Doyle (PDF)
Hana Drew (PDF)
Susan Fried (PDF)
Chryssa Georgalis (PDF)
Cindy and Roger Goldstein (PDF)
Jill Greenberg (PDF)
John Mazza (PDF)
Adam Kloczkowski (PDF)
Stan Lagos (PDF)
Judith Mir (PDF)
Peggy Ann Morrison (PDF)
Roslyn and Stuart Orkin (PDF)
Roslyn and Stuart Orkin (5/18) (PDF)
Robert Rosenkrantz (PDF)
Ramesh and Lisa Shivdasani (PDF)
Ellen Beth Suderow (PDF)
Roberta Sydney (PDF)
Karen Voght (PDF)
Barbara Wexler (PDF)

July 2018

Richard Volkin PE for Charles Heinberg
Gillon Assoc. for Roberta Sydney and Kyle Spellman
Nancy Doyle

September 2018
Sullivan and Comerford P.C. 

December 2018
Gillon Associates on behalf of Roberta Sydney and Kyle Spellman

January 2019
Ramesh and Lisa Shivdasani
11 Longwood Condominiums  Trustees
Janet Schwartz
Beth Kates

February 2019
Roslyn Orkin
Amy Schottenfels
Ramesh and Lisa Shivdasani
Richard Volkin

March 2019
Sullivan & Comerford for Kyle Spellman and Robert Sydney

April - May - June 2019
Nancy Doyle
Roger Goldstein
Felice Mendell
Roslyn Orkin
Myra Berloff
Henry Wolstat/Marjorie Radin
Sullivan & Comerford, P.C.
Nancy Doyle - June 3, 2019

For July 10, 2019 Hearing:
Richard Volkin, PE, for Dr. Charles Heinberg
Walter Comerford for Roberta Sydney and Kyle Spellman
Alan Agresti-Jacki Levine - June 11, 2019
Temple Sinai
Ramesh and Lisa Shivdasani
Roger Goldstein
Henry Wolstat
Gillon Associates
Amy Schottenfels
Scott Sherbondy

For September 18, 2019 Hearing:
Walter Comerford for Roberta Sydney and Kyle Spellman
Nancy Doyle
Richard Volkin,PE, for Dr. Charles Heinberg
Whitestone Engineers for Roberta Sydney and Kyle Spellman: Environmental, Geotechnical
Ramesh Shivdasani
Temple Sinai
Myra and Howard Berloff

Transcripts: Available within two weeks of hearing.
5-9-18 (PDF)
June 13, 2018 Hearing
July 11, 2018 Hearing
September 5, 2018 Hearing
January 30, 2019 Hearing
April 24, 2019 Hearing
May 1, 2019 Hearing
June 3, 2019 Hearing
July 10, 2019 Hearing
July 15, 2019 Hearing
September 18, 2019