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30 condos proposed for corner of Silver and A Streets

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 15, 2013 04:07 PM

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Thirty condominium units are proposed to fill in the corner of Silver Street and A Street, which is currently occupied by a derelict single-story repair garage.

The project, which is the second phase of the Allele Building, located on Dorchester Avenue, would connect to the existing building and essentially fill in the corner space.

Representatives for the MacFarland Family, the developers, appeared before the West Broadway Neighborhood Association Tuesday night to pitch the plan. The project is expected to require approval of both the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Zoning Board of Appeal, which will result in a further public review process.

Preliminary plans call for a six-story building for 30 units, which will be split between one- and two-bedroom units. Thirty parking spaces will also be included in the project, with the majority located in an expanded underground garage.

Plans don’t include balconies, but roof terraces are proposed.

In addition to the units, space has been set aside for an approximately 1,272-square-foot retail space.

Bernie MacFarland, one of the developers, said they’d like to break ground in early 2014, with construction lasting 14-16 months.

The proposed project is the second phase of the existing Allele Building, which was constructed in 2008 and holds 52-units.

There will be some minor differences between the two buildings, but they will connect and for the most part be similar.

“We want this to look like one building at the end of the day,” said Edward Nunes, the project’s architect.

At Tuesday’s meeting many residents said they are supportive of the preliminary plans.

“I think it’s a good project,” said Dave Leonard, an Allele Building resident and member of its resident board. “There may have to be a few tweaks here and there, but I like it.”

Concerns were, however, raised about lighting on Silver Street, new neighborhood trees, and the small size of the retail space.

“What about street trees on A Street?” said Bill Gleason, the president of the neighborhood association. “That’s something we’re concerned about.”

“One of the challenges on Silver Street is it's dark. Is there anything we can do about that?” asked Diane Newark, an area resident.

Developers said they’d look into both adding more green to the building and the possibility of more lighting on the perpetually dark Silver Street.

Overall, the group of about 15 residents seemed to like the project, but plans are in no way set in stone.

Eric Speed, an attorney representing the developers, said the group will be working over the next month to file with the BRA, which will trigger an Article 80 review process and another community meeting.

The Allele project is just one of a number of buildings proposed or under construction in the area including a hotel proposed for West Broadway, the development at 11 West Broadway, and another residential project proposed for West Broadway.

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