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City's Zoning Board defers two South Boston condo developments

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 14, 2012 12:35 PM

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(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)


The empty lot on West Broadway where a nine-unit condo development is proposed.

Two South Boston development projects have been deferred by the city's Zoning Board of Appeals.

The first project, at 350 West Broadway, is proposed as a nine-unit, three-story condo building with first floor commercial space on lot of approximately 1,860 square feet. The makeup of the units would be two-bedrooms.

The current project violates a number of zoning provisions, including excessive floor area Ratio, insufficient lot size, and excessive height.

George Morancy, the attorney for owner Peter Leoutsakos, appeared before the board Tuesday seeking a deferral to allow the owner to redesign the building and further meet with neighborhood groups.

The board granted the deferral and the project will be before the board again April 24.

The second major project before the board Tuesday was for a proposed condo development at 33 H St.

George Morancy, the attorney representing owners Frank and Gail Sorrenti, informed the board that the project’s plans had been adjusted to reduce the number of units on the 4,010-square-foot lot to six two-bedroom units.

“We changed it from eight units to six units in response to the community process we had,” Morancy said.

Even with the reduction in units, representatives for elected officials still came out in strong opposition to the project, saying it was too dense.

“Even with the reduced number of units the neighborhood still feels it is excessive,” said a representative with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

The office of District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan, State Senator Jack Hart, and Representative Nick Collins also oppose the project.

Morancy, however, said the project fits the character of the neighborhood and surrounding buildings.

“There is, as I pointed out, a six-unit building across the street,” Morancy said. “I believe the density of the building is consistent with the neighborhood.".

The board approved a deferral for the project setting a new hearing for April 10.

(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)

The lot on H Street where a six unit building is proposed.

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