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Milton Knights of Columbus property to transform into condos

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 7, 2013 04:32 PM

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Photo courtesy of Ned Corcoran

The proposed building elevation as shown from the Laurel Road side of the property. The colors used here are simply to show how the units will be divided; but developers anticipate that they will use a much more muted set of colors when construction takes place.

Hopes are high to transform the historic Knights of Columbus property into six, three-bedroom units after the developer received a general letter of support from selectmen.

At a selectmen meeting on Thursday night, developer Michael Moxley came forward with plans to demolish the single family home on the property and rehab the existing Knights building, adding on eight feet to each end of the structure as well as adding four feet to the building’s height.

The plans were met with unanimous support from selectmen, who said it would be a “huge improvement” to the aging buildings that were there currently.

“There’s no better builder around,” added Chairman Dennis Keohane, saying he appreciated the developer’s cooperation with abutting businesses and residents.

The project on the .382 acres of land will require a height variance to allow the building to be three stories, and also will require a variance for setbacks from the property line and a use variance for a multi-family building, all from the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Developers will also need planning board approval and a determination from the Milton Historical Commission to ensure the smaller house on the lot can be demolished without a demolition delay.

Both properties were built in the 1880s and came under the Knights ownership in the 1930s.

Despite the number of approvals needed, attorney Ned Corcoran, speaking on behalf of Moxley, said the developer wanted to solicit feedback from the neighborhood before seeking permits.

“We had a preliminary meeting with abutters, invited them to a meeting at the library. The general concern was parking,” he said.

Those concerns have increased the parking spaces to 16, some of which will be open for daytime use for the Milton Food Mart next door.

The buildings would bring in roughly $40-000 - $50,000 in net new taxes, Corcoran estimated. The condos are expected to be sold at $450,000 a piece.

“It’s a nice little neighborhood, proximity to the city, it’s walkable to Mattapan station, accessible otherwise to Milton…attractive to folks that want to move into Milton or folks who are already here,” Corcoran said.

The project is expected to begin construction this winter, pending local approvals.

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