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BOSTON-Equity Residential Properties Trust has submitted a letter of intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for a plan to build 320 units in Charles River Park. The Chicago-based developer had submitted a letter of intent a year ago to the city stating its plan to build two large towers in the park but after fierce resistance from local residents it backed off.

Meredith Baumann, spokesperson for the BRA, tells GlobeSt.com that the authority wanted to do a planning process that would help “steer further development” in the West End neighborhood, where Charles River Park is located. She points out that the area has a number of major projects under way including the Davis Cos.’ 450,000-sf lab/office project, Massachusetts General Hospital’s new ambulatory care center and Carpenter and Co.’s renovation of the former Charles Street jail into a hotel.

“We can’t stop development,” she says, “but we can help steer it and give the community a voice.”

Equity’s new plan, according to Baumann, is four residential buildings and a replacement parking structure with 490 spaces. The two main buildings would have eight stories each and the other buildings would be low-rise buildings of three stories each. Baumann adds that the developer plans to make 15% of the housing units affordable.

Development of the project will necessitate the demolition of two two-story buildings and a parking garage and Equity will use some surface parking as well. The project will be located near Emerson Place Development.

Calls to Equity were not returned by deadline.

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