How much time does this guy devote to choosing which brand of cereal to buy?
There’s a plot of land at the corner of Commercial Street and “Joe Tecce Way” (?) that seems ripe for development.
On the site is a tennis court, rarely used (is it gone, in fact?), a three-story building (most recently occupied by Roche Bobois), and a couple parking lots.
The perfect site for a residential building, wouldn’t you think?
You would, unless you live in the North End.
Under the proposal by the developer, Gilchrest Associates, detailed in a public meeting 10 days ago in the former store’s showroom, that building would be razed and an eight-story, 62-unit residence built in its place.
The new development, according to developer Byron Gilchrest , would include several benefits for the neighborhood: a better connection between the North End and the North Station area, and creation of much-needed housing and public amenities such as a restaurant, health club, marina, and small inn.
Each of those, however, was quickly shot down by residents who spoke out, sometimes angrily, during a question-and-answer session after the presentation.
“With all these big high-rises, they’re pushing all the little people out. This is supposed to be a neighborhood, and now they’re ruining it.”
The area is only zoned for buildings up to 50 feet, apparently. I am all for following the rules when it comes to zoning. In this case, however, I feel strongly that there is no downside to allowing the developer to build up to eight stories. The developer should be granted a variance.
The area is practically industrial, all around, with a parking lot across the street (which is taller than three stories, I think), a funeral parlor, and little else.
Let’s be serious, and pick our fights more carefully, okay people???
More information: Condo plan meets grumbling – By Will Kilburn, The Boston Globe
Contact me To find or set up an appointment to start your Boston condo buying process call us at 617-595-3712.
SEARCH BOSTON CONDOS FOR SALE
- Back Bay Boston condos for sale
- Beacon Hill Boston condos for sale
- Charlestown Boston condos for sale
- Charlestown Navy Yard Boston condos for sale
- Downtown Boston condos for sale
- Dorchester Boston condos for sale
- Dorchester Heights Boston condos for sale
- Fenway Boston condos for sale
- Jamaica Plain Boston condos for sale
- Leather District Boston condos for sale
- Midtown Boston condos for sale
- Seaport District Boson condos for sale
- South Boston condos for sale
- South End Boston condos for sale
- Waterfront Boston condos for sale
For more information please contact one of our on-call agents at 617-595-3712.
Updated: Boston Real Estate Blog 2021