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VietAID housing project in Dorchester clears last major hurdle

Posted by Patrick Rosso  December 17, 2013 04:47 PM

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A $10-million residential project in Dorchester by VietAID, a Fields Corner-based community development agency, has cleared its last major hurdle.

The city's Zoning Board of Appeals approved the 35-unit Washington Street development Tuesday morning, after it appeared before the board for a number of variances including insufficient off-street parking and an excessive Floor Area Ratio.

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

The housing, which will be considered affordable housing units, will be split between two buildings. The building at 331 Washington St. will be three stories and house 13 of the units and 675-square-feet of ground floor retail space.

The second building, located at 324 Washington St., will be four stories and house 22 units and 2,000-square-feet of ground floor retail space.

The units will be divided between four one-bedroom residences, 21 two-bedroom residences, and 10 three-bedroom residences.

The project will also include 15 parking spaces at 331 Washington St. and 10 spaces at 324 Washington St.

Overall 10 separate parcels will be used for the project, with a total project area of approximately 30,400 square-feet.

At Tuesday's hearing the project received support from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, the office of City Councilor Charles Yancey, the Carpenters Union, and the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17.

The project, which must still go through Boston Redevelopment Authority design review, is expected to break ground in late 2014 and be completed by mid to late 2015.

For a copy of the Project Notification Form, click here.

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