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Three units proposed for Payne Street in Dorchester, residents talk parking

Posted by Patrick Rosso  January 24, 2013 02:28 PM

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The site of a proposed three-unit development.

A development proposal for 3 Payne St. in Dorchester was met with questions about parking by members of the Pope’s Hill Neighborhood Association.

George Morancy, an attorney for developer Gerry Grealish, was before the neighborhood association Wednesday night. Morancy presented a proposal that could bring three new condominium units to the vacant lots that are located behind Garvey Playground.

The city’s Assessing Department considers the site four separate lots. They will be combined for a total of 5,682-square-feet, according to Morancy.

Grealish, who also owns 52 Houghton St., which will abut the development, has proposed constructing three 1,761-square-foot connected three-bedroom, two-bath units for the property with each unit having a one-plus car garage under it.

Many were receptive to the development at Wednesday’s meeting, but some were wary of the one parking space per unit.

“The parking is a valid concern and something that needs to be addressed,” said Phil Carver, president of the association.

Morancy said the garages, which are 24-feet deep, could fit more than one car if necessary and additional overflow parking could fit on the lot.

Residents proposed adding additional parking behind Grealish’s Houghton Street property to help take off the pressure of the already “crowded” street.

Grealish said, “it could happen.”

Overall the plan, excluding the parking issue, wasn’t met with much controversy, with many saying a developer who lives in the neighborhood might be more receptive to residents’ concerns.

Because of a number of zoning violations, the project will have to appear before city’s Zoning Board Appeals before any shovels hit the ground. A date has not yet been set for the hearing, but Morancy estimated that if the project is approved in Feb. and everything is in place, the units could be completed by the spring of 2014.

The association did not vote on the matter, but Grealish will meet with the group's Planning Committee.

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