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City seeks input on the future of the Hazleton Street library in Mattapan

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 15, 2013 01:46 PM

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(Image courtesy Department of Neighborhood Development)


A look inside the Hazelton Street building.


Representatives from the city will again be in front of the Mattapan community to discuss the future of the Hazleton Street library.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Mattapan Library on Blue Hill Avenue.

Constructed in 1931, the building at 10 Hazleton St. housed the neighborhood’s library until a new one was constructed and opened on Blue Hill Avenue in 2009.

Now the Department of Neighborhood Development, after a vote by the City Council in 2012, is looking to develop a Request for Proposal for the property, which has sat lightly used since the new building was constructed.

The 13,700-square-foot parcel, the 7,800-square-foot structure resides on, was assessed in 2012 for close $2-million, according to the city’s Assessing Department.

In December representatives from DND went before the community for the kick-off meeting about the future sale and use of the library.

Many at the meeting voiced support for a senior service center or other uses that would minimize evening traffic and the impact on the neighborhood.

The property poses a number of challenges for any potential developer and possible use for the property.

It is situated in a zoning district that only allows as-of-right some limited residential use.

Use as a community center, day care, or place of worship is not outright forbidden at the property, but the majority of potential commercial and non small-scale residential uses violate the Article 60 Zoning Code. Any violation of the code would result in a community and city vetting process.

The demolition of the strutter will also be forbidden, city representatives said in December.

Those interested in providing input on potential uses are encouraged to attend.

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