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West Broadway project sent back to the community; Dunkin' Donuts proposed for L Street

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 12, 2013 04:02 PM

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The location of the proposed project.

A residential project that could transform the corner of D Street and West Broadway in South Boston will head back to the drawing board after the city's Zoning Board of Appeals deferred making a decision on the project.

Proposed by local developer Gregg Donovan, the plans presented at Tuesday’s hearing called for a four-story addition on the existing one-story commercial structure at 301-305 West Broadway.

The project was before the board Tuesday for a number of zoning variances including insufficient setbacks and excessive height.

In the current plan, the first floor would remain dedicated to commercial uses, with the top four floors reserved for 12 residential units. The building’s height would reach upwards of 53 feet with the addition.

The units, which Donovan said would most likely be condos, would include one affordable unit with the rest split between two- and three-bedroom units.

“There seems to be a need for larger units for people looking to stay [in the neighborhood],” Donovan told the board.

Plans also call for 11 residential parking spaces to be located in an underground garage.

At Tuesday’s hearing, a few residents spoke in opposition to the project.

“Some people support some parts of the project, but there has been too little focus on the detrimental effects of the project,” explained Peter Golemme, who represented the owners of 309 West Broadway and the owners of the Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church at Tuesday’s hearing.

Golemme, who submitted 52 signatures in opposition, said that in addition to being too high the project would also increase congestion in the area and did not provide adequate parking.

Tom Cipolla, who lives at 309 West Broadway, also spoke in opposition to the project. He said it would have a negative impact on nearby residents and increase noise and congestion on the busy corner.

“The plan is just plain wrong for this corner,” Cipolla told the board.

The project did, however, receive some support from local elected officials.

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services in addition to the office of at-Large City Councilor Stephen Murphy both voiced support for the project. A representative from the office of City Councilor Bill Linehan also cited some community support for the project, but requested that it be deferred to continue discussions with the community.

A representative from the Electricians Local 103 also spoke in support of the project.

The project’s new hearing has been set for December 17 at 11:30 a.m.

Dunkin’ Donuts proposed for L Street

A proposal that would convert the interior of the gas station on the corner of L Street and East 4th Street into a convenience store and Dunkin’ Donuts was approved by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday morning.

Plans call for the site at 75 L St. to remain as a gas station with its service bays converted into space for a Dunkin’ Donuts. The convenience store would be located in the existing customer service space.

The gas station is owned by Russell Castagna, but the Dunkin’ Donuts would be owned and operated by John Gillespie, who also owns several Dunkin’ Donuts in the neighborhood including the one in Andrew Square.

Some exterior signage is expected to be added to accommodate the Dunkin’ Donuts and the existing seven parking spaces on the site would be reserved for customers.

Although the hours of operation have yet to be set and the project must still go before the Boston Licensing Board, Gillespie said the new shop could be open as early as next spring.

At Tuesday’s hearing the project received support from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the office of at-Large City Councilor Stephen, the office of City Councilor Bill Linehan, and from Representative Nick Collins.

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