- Jan 7, 2012
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Fantastic portfolio of photos, Bee!IMG_4144 by Bos Beeline, on Flickr
IMG_4145 by Bos Beeline, on Flickr
IMG_4149 by Bos Beeline, on Flickr
IMG_4147 by Bos Beeline, on Flickr
IMG_4150 by Bos Beeline, on Flickr
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IMG_4153 by Bos Beeline, on Flickr
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IMG_4163 by Bos Beeline, on Flickr
Fantastic potential here for some "Ink Block" / "Assembly Row"-style condo naming that harkens back to the site's former industrial use! It can be the gothest development in town.LOI for 221 units at 1141 Bennington (site of the New England Casket Company, recently destroyed by fire).
A lot of the "tax payers" never were taller. They were frequently downzoned before they could grow taller and it made redevelopment uneconomical. You need ~6 stories of housing often to be worth losing the retail space while you rebuild iirc. You see this a lot in Allston-Brighton eg the one story retail next to the 6-7 story apts.Some of these one-story commercial buildings were once two or three-story structures with retail below and residential up top. High property tax rates in the 50s/60s/70s led to owners demolishing the upper levels to save on taxes. These single-level buildings actually do have the foundations to support "extra" levels as a result. Restoring what was lost is probably the most economical way to go about redeveloping these sites. I think the key question here is how many of the city's single-story "taxpayers" were once taller structures. Maybe it 10%, maybe it's 80%. I don't know... do any long-term residents have any input? Perhaps they are, in fact, uncommon, and that's why we don't see many of these sorts of renovations.
As for zoning: Rozzie Square and Centre Street in JP (the site of another recent 2-story addition) are zoned such that multifamily residential is allowed above the first floor. I'm willing to bet that's the case for a lot of these districts around town.