By John Lynds
The Eagle Hill Civic Association (EHCA) voted 18 to 4 in favor of the Border Street residential development project at the foot of Eagle Hill across from the Mario Umana Academy. Those opposed to the project most likely voted against the project due to parking because several who expressed concerns did so regarding the number of units to parking spaces ratio.
The building from 301 to 323 Border would replace an existing auto body shop that extends from Eutaw Street to the community garden between Border and Meridian Streets.
The proposal and drawings received praise from EHCA members during the past meetings on the proposal. However, with a concern over parking, the developer decided to up the number of parking spaces from 30 to 45 spaces. This was done to address these concerns. The new plans presented last week also adds an additional unit bringing the total number of units to 65.
The building’s architecture would incorporate Eastie’s rich maritime history and resembles the silhouette of a clipper ship, like the ones built across Border Street in the 1840s. There would also be a Flying Cloud Exhibit or comparable exhibit paying homage to these Eastie roots.
Attorney for the project Jeff Drago said the design of the building, which was slightly tweaked after a meeting with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, was a result of his clients getting immersed in the history of Eastie. As the producer of the world renowned shipyard across the street the developers went to its architects and wanted something interesting. The result is something that really tips a hat to the history of Eastie and its ship building past.
The project would also space for a community yoga studio, a 750 sq. ft. gym for residents, an and an electric car charging station.
The developers are also seeking for the building to be meet a Gold LEED standard. They also plan to be good neighbors and run a charitable organization called City Kids. Through this organization they hope to partner with the Mario Umana Academy.
They are also in talks with East Boston’s NOAH to help fund ongoing maintenance of the stairs and park that connects Border Street to Meridian Street.