The proposal calls for 135 rental units consisting of one and two bedrooms, 1,600 square-feet of retail space, and 206 underground parking spaces.
Located at 2 H St, the three-story project would be built on a 66,313-square-foot lot bordered by Vicksburg Street, East First Street, and East Second Street. Currently, the lot is home to a construction equipment rental yard.
“We learned quite a bit from the neighbors which helped shaped our process...I think this is an up-and-coming area," Zagorianakos told the commission. The Boston Redevelopment Authority recently approved a 36-unit project by Zagorianakos on East Second Street.
While many on the commission were receptive, some questioned the character of the building and use of materials, saying Zagorianakos could be a little more "adventurous".
“This is a significant lot and you could really get the ball rolling,” said Commissioner David Hacin. “It just looks a little bit like public housing.”
Commissioner Andrea Leers was also receptive of the project, but questioned the design.
“I think all your moves have been good ones,” said Leers. “For me I think you need to work more on the architecture. I’m not hugely excited about the brick. This could be a beautiful modern block. Go for it!”
The proposed building would use brick on the majority of the first two levels with metal siding on the third floor. Zagorianakos also proposed large setbacks for the building, allowing for a more “boulevard feel” along with green space to separate the building from the street.
While the project does provide some retail space, which Zagorianakos said will be important once development on the street picks up, commissioners said more retail could be a benefit.
“Even though it’s down the road it might be interesting to reserve a larger space for retail,” said Hacin.
Zagorianakos also said the project would have a resident entrance on East Second Street and the garage entrance on East First Street. The commission suggested Zagorianakos increase access to the building, saying another entrance might be a benefit to residents.
Even with the warm reception Zagorianakos said he still has work to do on the exterior before he will have a finalized plan.
Zagorianakos submitted his Letter of Intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority in January and said he is currently of finalizing his Project Notification Form. He is also preparing for the community review process, which is set into motion once he submits a final PNF.
For a copy of the LOI, click here.
(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2012)