Savin Hill Avenue project clears major hurdle

A rendering of the market component from James Baker's city filing

The Zoning Board of Appeal has approved a developer's plan to replace a long shuttered commercial building and two houses with two buildings -- one with nine condominium units and another to rejuvenate the Savin Hill Avenue at Sydney Street intersection with a possible market, with retail and office space .

However, developer James Baker will have to go back before the board for a separate approval for the restaurant usage associated with the market or another potential retail tenant - at its hearing Tuesday, board Chairwoman Christine Araujo said it only approves restaurants with takeouts when it has full plans on the proposed operation.

The new building will have one handicap-accessible unit with six two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units, along with 13 parking spaces for residents and two for the retail and office space.

Baker and his attorney, John Pulgini, said they are working with the neighboring Cristo Rey High School on a plan under which occupants of that space and customers could use the school parking lot when the school is not in session. In exchange, Baker has agreed to improve and maintain the lot.

The mayor's office and City Councilor's Michael Flaherty and Annissa Essaibi-George sent representatives to the hearing to voice their support. Nobody spoke in opposition.

The BPDA had earlier approved the proposal.

110 Savin Hill Ave. small-project review application (9M PDF).

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