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Plans for James Collins Mansion to be presented Thursday

Posted by Patrick Rosso  June 25, 2013 02:01 PM

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(Image courtesy Stefanov Architects)

A rendering of the structure and the proposed additions .

South Boston residents will get another look at plans for the proposed development of the James Collins Mansion at a community meeting set for Thursday.

The 8,700-square-foot white residential structure, located at 928 East Broadway, was constructed in the 1860s and inhabited by James Collins, a wine and liquor distributor.

Past proposals by developer Rocco Skippa, called for the razing of the structure to make way for new condominium units. Neighbors, however, pushed back, demanding the mansion be preserved because of its historical and sentimental value to the community.

In May, Skippa pitched a new plan that would save the three-story structure and connect two three-story structures to the side of it to allow for additional condo units.

Plans that are expected to be presented Thursday do not differ too much from those proposed in May.

“We are trying to save the building and have come up with a plan that is hopefully acceptable,” Skippa recently told

The new plan calls for 12 condominium units on the property, with one of the units set aside for affordable housing. The main house will hold three of the units, which will be split between two- and three-bedroom units. Plans also call for twenty-plus parking spaces to be housed in the building’s cellar.

“From talking with people we had the architect keep the property as far away from P Street as possible,” said Skippa. “Everything will be focused on the structure that is there now and the yard will stay the same.”

Skippa said after Thursday’s meeting if there is a consensus he will file plans with the city’s Inspectional Services Department, which because of the additions and other zoning variances will trigger a hearing before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the South Boston Branch Library on East Broadway.

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