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Zoning board to hear proposal for 5-story mixed-use building at North Beacon, Everett streets in Allston

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  April 3, 2013 02:04 PM

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This story was updated on Thursday, April 4 to note that the hearing date has been moved to Tuesday, April 23.

A proposal to build a five-story building with 41 apartments and ground-floor retail space in Allston is scheduled to seek final city approval at a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. in City Hall.

In mid-March, the Boston Redevelopment Authority board voted to support the $10.7-million proposal after the developer backed off his plan to ban tenants from owning a car.

The 37,000-square-foot project at the corner of North Beacon and Everett streets in Allston would have 35 parking spaces in the latest version of the building plans.

The developer, architect Sebastian Mariscal, had initially proposed a plan that would have offered no parking, except six spaces reserved for car-sharing vehicles. Tenants of the building would have been required to pledge to not own a car.

But, residents said they were concerned that tenants might break that promise and park cars along already-crowded neighborhood streets.

So, Mariscal has decided to proceed with his backup plan, which provides 35 vehicles spots as well as two bicycle parking spots per unit.

Mariscal has told the Globe that if he gets full city approval to build the project, he will seek out tenants without cars. And, if he proves his point, he may seek to convert the car parking to storage space or for more bicycle parking.

The proposed building at 37-41 N. Beacon would have a green and sustainable-living focus, city officials said. It calls for numerous environmentally-friendly elements, including a storm water retention system, a centralized garden space, photovoltaic roof panels and rooftop vegetable gardens.

There would be 9 studios, 15 one-bedroom, 15 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom units. Five of the units would be designated as affordable housing, according to city officials.

There would be as much as 7,300 square feet of first-floor retail.

The developer has said he is hopeful to start construction in early 2014. The project would take about one year to complete.

The building would be built across three parcels along N. Beacon between Everett Street and Sinclair Road. Together, the properties comprise about 18,100 square feet and include a used car dealer lot and a two-family home and garage, which would be razed.

The project would create an estimated 87 construction jobs, city officials said.

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