The Orient Heights Neighborhood Association (OHNC) voted 22-2 Monday night to support the White and Gaeta families’ plans to erect a three-story, four-unit building on a lot the families own at the end of Moore Street.
The White and Gaeta families’ plan is to combine three lots from 116 and 120 Moore Street and construct the four-family home. The two longtime Eastie families, who have been involved in everything from youth basketball to the East Boston Social Centers for decades, want to be able to expand living space for their growing families and remain in the neighborhood.
The White and Gaeta families occupy the three adjoining homes next to the lot. To the left of the three homes and next door to 120 Moore is a side yard large enough to be subdivided and developed.
The families’ plan is to subdivide the lot and make one lot a 6,149 sq. ft. parcel so the two families can construct a four-unit, 35 foot tall building with four parking spaces for their growing family.
At the meeting one of the owners, Debbie White, said met with neighbors and has letters of support from abutters to the proposed project.
The White and Gaeta’s architect Frank Delmuto told OHNC members Monday night that his clients wanted to create a home that was complementary to the architectural style found in the neighborhood. The architect said the families plan to use materials that are interesting, but with the idea of making the home architecturally relevant to the the surrounding homes.
OHNC members like Joseph Ruggiero applauded the plans.
“These are two families that have been in Eastie for over 100 years and have done so much for the community and want to remain in the community,” said Ruggiero. “This is the type of development you want in Eastie.”
The expected zoning relief for the project will be use, parking, floor area ratio, height, side yard, and front yard.
The White and Gaeta families will seek a vote from the Harbor View Neighborhood Association next month as well.