Pleasant Street condo project moves ahead

The new owners of the Scally & Trayers Funeral Home site on Pleasant Street have filed a Letter of Intent with the city’s planning agency to advance a 17-condominium proposal for the prominent corner lot.  

The 14,688-square-foot parcel at 54 Pleasant St. sits at the junction of Pleasant and Pearl streets, near the intersection with Stoughton Street.

“The redevelopment of this lot will create an attractive and energy-efficient building that will enliven and visually enhance the residential look and feel of this section of Pleasant Street,” the filing states. 

Owner Giuseppe Arcari’s plan has not changed since he briefed community members on his plans last February. As he left it, the pitch was for a three-story building with 17 condominium units and 20 parking spaces. “All parking will be located below grade to maximize open space and landscaping,” according to the June 19 filing with the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA).  

Arcari, a stakeholder in the popular Tavern in the Square restaurant group, bought the lot in July 2016 for $1.6 million, according to city records. He plans to raze the existing funeral home to make way for the apartments. Until then, the funeral parlor remains in operation per an agreement between the operator and Arcari.

Of the 17 condos, Arcari said, 15 will be market rate and 2 will be affordable units as mandated by the city’s Inclusionary Development Policy. 

In February, neighbors said they hoped for less density, a cost-offset that Arcari and his team said would probably necessitate above-ground parking and a less attractive design than the French Second Empire style for which Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association planning meeting attendees largely expressed approval.

The formal letter kicks off the BPDA’s review process, during which abutter and community meetings will be held.