- Jun 11, 2006
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Full article:http://www.wickedlocal.com/west-rox...ues-with-proposed-development-in-West-RoxburyParking and zoning issues with proposed development in West Roxbury
By Stephanie E. Santana
GateHouse News Service
Posted Feb 11, 2010 @ 07:06 AM
West Roxbury ?
Problematic parking concerns arose during discussion about a new proposed housing development at the corner of Washington and Rockland streets at Monday night?s meeting for the West Roxbury Civic and Improvement Association held at the St. Stephen?s United Methodist Church.
Peter Bakas, who has developed various sites throughout Boston for the past 40 years, and Guy Grassi of Grassi Design Group, the architect for the development proposal, presented plans to demolish the existing structures, which include businesses such as Emerald Dry Cleaners.
In place, they proposed a four-story, 32-unit rental apartment complex with 32 underground parking spaces. Residents raised questions about the amount of parking spaces available and the design layout, which would have cars enter the garage through Washington Street.
Additional concerns included the height of the building at 52 feet that, according to the residents, violates the maximum law of 32 feet for buildings in the area.
During the presentation, Grassi discussed the current dilapidated condition of the existing structures as a reason for rebuilding. While he recognized that the area the construction would take place should not have been zoned for single-family homes, he called for a need for rental housing in the community to bring in more residents.
?If you don?t have enough people to support business, then you won?t have good business,? said Grassi. To those who had questions about the high cost of living in the apartments, Grassi said, ?The city will require that some of the units be affordable.?
According to Joe Goode, the vice president of the Civic and Improvement Association, the developers made a good first step by presenting their plans to the members at the meeting.
?There?s a great exchange of ideas here,? said Goode, adding that for now the plan seems to fit into the community well.