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ANCHORED IN SOUTHIE: A rendering shows The Chandlery, a mixed-use development with ‘workforce housing’ proposed on the Dorchester Avenue site of a marine and industrial supplier. courtesy of Pisani and Associates Architects

A small South Boston commercial building and marine supplies store would be replaced with workforce housing and new retail space under plans currently being pitched to the Boston Planning & Development Agency.Store owner Mark Edwards’ proposed project — The Chandlery — includes an eight-story building with 150 residential units, 70 of which would be affordable. It’s targeted for 270-284 Dorchester Ave., at the intersection of B Street.“The project intends to provide workforce housing that is affordable to middle-class households in a neighborhood that is otherwise out of reach for many,” the developer’s plans state. Edwards has yet to finalize whether the five- to eight-story building’s studio to two-bedroom units would be apartments, condos or both, his attorney said.Two levels of up to 6,560 square feet of retail space would be occupied by Ultimate Self Defense & Performance Center — which currently is located on the site — a commercial car rental company and community-oriented uses, such as a restaurant.

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