Apartment tower approved for Boston’s West End

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BOSTON – A planned apartment tower near TD Garden in the West End won approval from the city’s development agency Thursday, capping a nearly six-year effort to create hundreds of new apartments in the neighborhood between North Station and Massachusetts General Hospital.

The scaled-back project calls for a slightly shorter tower, at 447 feet high, and fewer parking spots, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which gave its approval at a Thursday evening meeting. The $350 million building will house about 470 apartments and underground parking for 775 vehicles instead of 830.

Developers of the so-called Garden Garage, Equity Residential, also agreed to add $1.2 million to its contribution for affordable housing, bringing the total to $8 million, according to a statement from the agency.  The building fronts on Lomasney Way where it intersects with Nashua Street and Martha Road.

Among other projects approved by the agency, one planned for 89 Brighton Ave. in Allston will create 130 apartments, including as many as 54 studios and a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, according to the statement. In all, 17 of the apartments will be designated as affordable and the building will house parking for 69 vehicles.

Another Allston project, at 392-398 Cambridge St. calls for a five-story, 32-unit condominium building, with four one-bedroom and 28 two-bedroom units, including four designated as affordable.

In East Boston’s Orient Heights neighborhood, a plan to create 44 two-bedroom apartments in a four-story building at 1181 Bennington St. also received approval. Six of the units will be set aside as affordable housing, the agency said.

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