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New rental units coming to West Broadway; Lithuanian Citizens Association's function space approved

Posted by Patrick Rosso  September 11, 2012 05:19 PM

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More rental units are coming to West Broadway after the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals approved a project at 385-387 West Broadway.

The owner, Colm Dunphy, along with his architect, Niles Sutphin, and real estate agent Mike Foley, were before the board Tuesday morning seeking relief for a number of zoning variances. The variances included insufficient side and rear yard space and excessive height.

The plan calls for converting and renovating the current building -- which consists of one store, one office, and one apartment - into one store, one office and six two-bedroom apartments.

A third story wwill be constructed to house the new units. In addition to the units, five parking spaces at adjacent buildings will be used to house the new tenants’ cars.

The board approved the project, which received support from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the offices of South Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan, City Councilors at-large Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Felix Arroyo, and Ayanna Pressley, plus the City Side/St. Vincent’s Neighborhood Associations.

The board also approved a petition by the South Boston Lithuanian Citizens Association to extend function hall use into the club's fourth-floor.

Joe Austras, the president of the association, said before the board Tuesday that the fourth floor is currently vacant. Members of the club, at 369-372 West Broadway, would like to use and rent it out for smaller functions.

“We don’t want to use both spaces at the same time; we want it to accommodate smaller parties,” said Austras.

The club, according to Austras, typically doesn’t hold functions past 12 a.m. and the majority of functions include folk concerts, weddings and private parties.

The clubs petition, which was granted by the board, received support from a number of elected officials including the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the offices South Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan, at-large City Councilors Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley in addition to the office of Senator Jack Hart and the City Side/St. Vincent’s Neighborhood Associations.

While two homeowners who live adjacent to the club brought up concerns about noise, Austras said he is willing to work with neighbors to address any noise concerns.

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