Plans have been submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency to convert the Knights of Columbus building at 41 North Margin Street to senior affordable housing units and a renovated Knights of Columbus Hall.
Developers Affirmative Investments, Inc. and East Boston Community Development Corporation propose to renovate the five-story, mixed-use development to create 23 apartments, a 2,000 square foot meeting space and 13 off-street parking spaces. The plans will now undergo Small Project Review per Boston’s zoning code.
The renovations would include leveling off the currently pitched roof and adding two feet to the building’s height. There would also be a 1,500 square foot extension added to the north side. Here’s how the building’s exterior would change along N. Margin Street.
The final product would feature three apartments and a Knights of Columbus meeting space on the first floor, and five apartments on floors two through five. The basement would include 2,400 square feet of community space.
See proposed floor plans below (click to enlarge).
The square footage for the apartments would be as follows:
The building would undergo a complete gut renovation including a new HVAC system, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, fire alarm and elevator. The proposal notes the community benefits of adding much needed senior housing in the North End, as well as creating space for the Knights of Columbus to continue their work in the community.
The Knights of Columbus proposed building affordable, elderly housing apartments at 41 North Margin Street earlier this year at the June North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting. The council voted 9-1 in support of the project.