BRA approves Bloomfield Gardens, which has more hurdles to clear
The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board has approved Viet-AIDâ€™s Bloomfield Gardens development, a 27-unit residential building proposed for a long-vacant lot at Geneva Avenue and Bloomfield Street, but the project still needs zoning changes to proceed.
Though the immediate area is densely populated, and several three-story buildings similar to the one proposed, several abutters have been fighting the density of Bloomfield Gardensâ€”some of whom have admitted theyâ€™d rather see nothing developed at the site.
When Viet-AID first proposed it, plans called for a 34-unit, 50-foot high building. But in the face of opposition the non-profit developer went back to the drawing board and shrunk the numbers to 27-units and a 43-foot height, in turn raising its per-unit cost of construction.
â€œThe density is right in line with all the multi-family buildings across the street from the site,â€ said Viet-AIDâ€™s interim director Matt Thall. â€œWe think the proposal is very comparable with the neighborhood and its surroundings.â€
Some neighbors say that still isnâ€™t enough.
â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s been a dramatic change in my opinion. I donâ€™t think theyâ€™ve come down enough,â€ said Joseph Ureneck, who lives nearby. â€œI will probably go to the zoning hearing and say no to it.â€
That hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23.