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Nine-unit condo project pitched for Willow Court

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 20, 2013 11:12 AM

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The location of the proposed development.


The residential developments proposed for the McCormack section of Dorchester keep coming.

At a meeting of the McCormack Civic Association Tuesday night, developers Ian and David McDermott along with their architect Arthur Choo, presented a proposal that called for a five-story, nine-unit residential structure with 12 parking places at 71 Willow Court. The project will include seven two-bedroom units and two one-bedroom units.

The approximately 6,700-square-foot property, owned by Mary Stafford, is currently home to a single-family structure, which will be razed to make way for the new development. Stafford is expected to retain ownership of the building and will occupy one of the apartments once the project is completed.

“We’re hoping this goes through so she can stay in the neighborhood she has lived in for so long,” Tracy Rossi, the granddaughter of Mary Stafford, told members of the association.

The proposed project is across the street from 65 Willow Ct., where the McDermotts are currently in the process of constructing a six-unit rental building. That project is expected to be completed by January.

At Tuesday’s meeting, residents voted 28-8 to send a letter to the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals in support of the project. The project’s ZBA hearing for a conditional use variance has been set for Dec. 10.

Some residents at Tuesday’s meeting, however, said while the proposed project might not be detrimental to the neighborhood, there is little consensus on how the area of the neighborhood closest to the South Bay Mall should be developed.

Last spring residents came together to create a development plan for the area, but guidelines developed during the process were non-binding and fairly general.

Some suggested at Tuesday’s meeting that a separate committee be formed to come up with a more concrete vision for the residential area off of Boston Street.

A motion to form a separate committee and combine it with what was developed over the spring was passed Tuesday.

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