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South Boston project's units reduced and approved by Zoning Board

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 13, 2012 02:11 PM

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The location of four proposed condo units.

Developers of a proposed project located at 711 East 4th St. in South Boston announced to the Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday morning that they will be reducing the number of units.

The project originally called for six condominium units to be built on property owned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Thomas J. Fitzgerald post. But the developers said they are dropping the number of units down to four.

“Through meetings with neighbors and elected officials there was a lot of back and forth and we have since revised the plan,” said developer Ed Champy, of Waypoint Development before the hearing.

The original plan had many residents who attended the hearing concerned because they said the original project was too big and out of character with the rest of the neighborhood.

“It’s been a long process and there is unanimous opposition [by resident and abutters] to the six-units,” said Representative Nick Collins during the hearing.

Collins requested that if the board approves the four-unit plan that developers be required to go back before the community before they begin construction.

The office of District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan, at-large City Councilor Stephen Murphy and the Mayor’s office also seconded Collins’ comments.

While the project has had many neighbors concerned, members of the post said they need to develop the property to raise money for repairs to the VFW post building that is located next door to the property.

“The post is getting old and has some serious problems,” said John Mullen, commander of the post. “The roof is leaking, the furnace is old and the electrical wiring needs to be updated. We are looking for your help.”

The board approved the proposal, requesting that developers meet with neighbors before they move forward.

According to Champy, two of “row-house style” units will face East 4th Street and two units will face Emerson Street, with a total of four to six parking spaces.

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