“If this gets turned down by the board, odds are that the next proposal will be 40B, which means more units, and it will be bigger,” Keys said. “All these concerns about traffic, height, and size will be worse. And you guys won’t have much of a say.”
However, many residents still viewed the denial vote as a win, even as some noted that the rejection was more about the greater picture of the neighborhood’s development than the single project itself.
“We appreciate the tweaks described, but on top of all the construction that has occurred, this proposal turns out to be the straw that is breaking Pleasant Street’s back,” Siobhan Murphy, a Myrtle Street resident, said at the meeting.
“I ask this group, or just one of you,” Murphy said, beckoning to the board, “to pause at this tipping point.”
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at Jaclyn.Reiss@globe.com.