Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Developers Reveal Proposal for 620 Broadway
The 19-unit project has not been formally presented to the City, but developers, along with their attorney and architect, felt it prudent to give abutters and members of the DAV a first-hand look at what they envision as a great addition to the streetscape of Broadway.
The team will seek three reliefs from the City that include allowing the rear setback, a parking variance to decrease the expected amount of parking spots from 32 to 21 and allowing 19 units with the promise that 2 of the three-bedroom units will be made affordable to help families remain in the City. The parking will be placed underground with two available on the ground level of the 42 foot high building. The developers will also have available bicycle parking.
The units will be rentals, at this point, with the housing market being studied to determine pricing and the possibility of the units being sold as condominiums.
For attendees, parking and the construction schedule in conjunction with MBTA projects slated for the area posed as the top concerns. Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang advised the developing team to communicate with the MBA directly and to not rely, solely, on the City's Planning Department.
Residents from Boston Avenue and members of the DAV voiced serious concerns over a potential parking loss due to residents hosting parties.
Baiting for rodent activity was also mentioned, but seemed content with the news that the site is baited months in advance and for a year following.
The team will be taking all concerns into consideration and will have follow-up meeting before going to the Zoning Board of Appeals.