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Seventy-three units, among three projects, approved for South Boston

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 17, 2013 04:45 PM

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301-305 West Broadway

A project that promises to transform the corner of West Broadway and D Street in South Boston was approved by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.

Proposed by South Boston-based developer Gregg Donovan, plans call for razing the existing one-story structure at 301-305 West Broadway and constructing a four-story building for ground floor restaurant space and nine residential units. The units will be divided between six two-bedroom residences and three three-bedroom residences.

As a result of the project, the four retail spaces currently located on the ground floor of the existing building will be eliminated.

The project, estimated to cost $2-million, was before the board Tuesday for a slew of variances including excessive height and insufficient setbacks. The project had previously appeared before the board in November, but was deferred to allow for more community input.

The project presented Tuesday varied from November’s proposal, which originally called for 12 residential units. The new proposal reduced the height and unit count, while also eliminating the 11 proposed parking spaces. The new plan has no parking.

The project received support from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and two residents.

“I want to see West Broadway as a place where I can walk and shop,” said Julie Galgay, an East 5th Street resident. “Anything that improves the neighborhood I’m in support of.”

Representatives from the office of at-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy, the office of City Councilor Bill Linehan, and the office of Representative Nick Collins also supported the project, but said they had concerns about its lack of parking.

Some residents did turn out to oppose the project.

“If this construction goes up, we will have to leave,” explained Tom Cipolla, who lives in the building adjacent to the property.

Howard Speicher, an attorney representing the owners of 307-309 West Broadway, said the project doesn’t conform to zoning and places a burden on existing residents.

“This is a proposal that proposes completely ignoring the zoning in this district,” said Speicher. “It unfairly imposes on the next door neighbor.”

The project is expected to break ground in the spring of 2014 and should take 14 to 16 months to complete. Donovan, after the hearing, said it has not been determined if the units will be rentals or condominiums.

11 Dorchester St.

A project proposing 30 residential units for Dorchester Street in South Boston was approved by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.

At the project's hearing before the board Tuesday, George Morancy the attorney representing the developer, Allure LLC, laid out the details of the $8-million residential project at 11 Dorchester St. The project was before the board for an excessive Floor Area Ratio.

The project area, which consists of two parcels contained by Dorchester Street, Dresser Street, and West First Street, is currently home to New England Auto Body and sits in a commercial/industrial area that borders a growing residential neighborhood.

The unit makeup for the proposed 45-foot tall building, will be three studios, 17 one-bedrooms residences, and 10 two-bedrooms residences.

An estimated 2,200 square-feet of ground floor space in the new building will be reserved for a restaurant.

Fifty-four resident parking spaces will be located in a partially underground garage, with the entrance on West First Street.

The project was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in November.

At the project's hearing, it received support from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services and the Carpenters Union.

A representative from the office of City Councilor Bill Linehan spoke in opposition to the project, citing the excessive Floor Area Ratio.

The project, which must still go through BRA design review, is expected to break ground by the spring/summer of 2014, with construction expected to last 14 to 16 months, according to Morancy.

A copy of the 11 Dorchester St. Project Notification Form can be found here.


205 E St.

A proposal to raze the St. Augustine’s School and construct 34 condominium units in its place, was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday.

The project had been before the board in November, but was deferred to allow for more community input.

The project was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in November.

The proposal, part of the redevelopment of the St. Augustine’s Church, calls for the construction of two three-story buildings as well as the construction of two townhouses. Sixty-four parking spaces are also included in the project and four of the units will be affordable.

The units will include three one-bedroom residences, 22 two-bedroom residences, and nine three-bedroom residences.

The project received support from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, the office of at-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy, the office of City Councilor Bill Linehan, the office of Representative Nick Collins, the New England Council of Carpenters, and the Paraclete School.

The project, which must still go through BRA design review, is expected to break ground by the spring 2014, with construction expected to last 14 to 16 months, according to Daniel.

A copy of the Project Notification Form can be found here.

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