Last Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Appeal approved a developer’s plan to replace an old house at 2 Neponset Ave. with a nine-unit, four-story building with ground-floor commercial space and 18 parking spaces.
Shaun McClorey’s plan calls for all the units to have two bedrooms, ranging in size from 1,200 to 1,270 square feet. There would be two commercial units on the first floor aimed at professional offices, although McClorey asked for and received permission to rent out one of the two as a beauty salon if he can find a tenant interested in running one.
One neighbor rose to oppose the proposal, saying it would be larger than other nearby buildings on Neponset Avenue, none of which have more than six units, and that its approval would set a precedent for that stretch of the street. He added the issue of demolishing the current house is currently before the city Landmarks Commission.
McClorey’s attorney, George Morancy, acknowledged the current house is “a nice-looking building,” but said there is nothing historical about it, and that the end of Parkman that the house is on features mostly commercial buildings.
The mayor’s office and city councilors Frank Baker and Annissa Essaibi-George supported the proposal. The board voted unanimously for approval, with member Craig Galvin recusing himself.