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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Proposed Development at 235 Lowell Street Approved by Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals voted to approve a proposed 6-unit condominium project to replace the Walnut Hill Auto Body at 235 Lowell Street at their January 22nd meeting.

This development was the subject of three community meetings, the most recent on January 16th, and will go forward with a year-long construction schedule according to Ed Doherty, the developer.

Doherty, no stranger to Somerville, has completed projects on Albion and Hudson Streets and is finalizing a development on Highland Avenue.

The proposal for the site has it converting from an auto body to a 6-unit residential condominium complex with 6 parking spaces in the back for residents. Although zoning requires 11, the developers are looking for a variance to reduce the number by 5 spots. Bicycle parking will also be provided on the site for residents. Due to the removal of a cut curb section, two on-street parking spots will be gained on Lowell Street.

The first floor units will have 1+ bedrooms and range between 800-900 square feet. The second and third floor units show an increase to 2+ bedrooms and 1,040 square feet of living space. The third floor will also include a mezzanine, according to the published plans, that give them 1,293 square feet in unit 5 and just over 1,300 square feet in unit 6. A roof deck caps the development that also features finished basement space.

The plans for 231 Lowell Street have yet to be finalized, however, Planning Staff has added a condition in their response to the 235 project that requires the applicant to continue to work with Staff and the Applicant for 231 Lowell Street to devise a combined site plan that will address the current circulation concerns at 235 Lowell, as well as, general recommendations in accordance with the Magoun Square Station Area Plan.

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