E. Boston shopping district proposed for Maverick Sq.

‘LACK OF NEW RETAIL’: Developers are eyeing East Boston to build a 25,848-square-foot shopping plaza, above, for the Maverick Square neighborhood. Under the plans, a funeral home, along with three neighboring buildings would be razed.

A funeral home and three adjacent commercial buildings will have a date with the wrecking ball under plans for a new two-story, 25,848-square-foot retail building at the edge of East Boston’s Maverick Square.

Burlington’s Linear Retail Properties plans the project at Chelsea and Maverick streets, diagonally across from the MBTA’s Maverick Station, in a neighborhood shopping district.

The funeral home has been defunct for several years, and the existing buildings remain vacant with no historic significance to the neighborhood, Linear said in a Boston Planning & Development Agency filing.

“Growth and demand for housing in East Boston is at an all-time high, with an estimated 2,000 new units of housing either recently built, under construction or undergoing permitting,” the filing states. “As a result, there is a lack of new retail opportunities needed to serve the growing population in and around Maverick Square and Jeffries Point.”

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