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Morrissey Boulevard BMW dealership approved by city's Zoning Board

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 26, 2013 02:28 PM

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Herb Chambers, the local car magnate, is one step closer to setting up shop on Morrissey Boulevard.

Chambers’ BMW dealership, slated to take over the long vacant Channel 56 studios at 75-77 Morrissey, was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday morning.

Representatives for Chambers said renovations should last four to six months with the shop expected to be open by the fall.

In addition to selling certified pre-owned vehicles, the property will have a service department.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the project received the support of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the office of Dorchester City Councilor Frank Baker, the offices of at-Large City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo, Stephen Murphy, the Electricians Union Local 103, the Carpenters Union Local 723, and one Dorchester resident.

The project, because of its size, had to go through a community process.

At a community meeting in December, Chambers, who owns close to 50 dealership throughout New England, laid out his vision for the 97,739-square-foot property.


3 Payne St.

A three-unit project at 3 Payne St. was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday morning.

The project, proposed by Gerry Grealish, will build three 37-foot tall connected units to fill the currently vacant lot.

The 1,700-square-foot units will be three-bedroom condominium units.

A one-car garage will be provided with each unit, in addition to one on-site non-garaged space.

Grealish, who lives next to the property, said he was also looking at adding parking for the units to his adjacent property on Houghton Street, but that would have to be approved separately.

Grealish said he'd like to break ground as soon as possible.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the project received the support of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the office of Dorchester City Councilor Frank Baker, and the offices’ of at-Large City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo, and Stephen Murphy.

Grealish was before the Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association in January, to read more about what he told residents, click here.


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