Gove Street Citizens Association Votes to Approve Three Projects

On Monday night at the Cathy Leonard McLean Community Room members of the Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) voted to approve three development projects.

The first project at 24 Geneva St. the developer plans to erect a five story residential dwelling. Despite some concern from abutters over the height and lack of parking residents voted 10 to 4 in favor of the project.

Because the street is considered to be a private way by the city the developer plans to several public realm improvements like creating new sidewalks, curbs and paving the street after water and sewer hook ups. This, said the developer, will improve a street that is slowly becoming more residential and less commercial or industrial.

GSCA members then voted 7 to 2 in favor of the project at 48 Geneva St. This project proposes to erect a 6-unit residential building. This was the second presentation to GSCA members and while some felt four stories and lack of parking were again an issue members seemed happy with the overall design of the building.

Lastly members voted 7 to 3 in favor of changing the occupancy at 58 Lubec St. from a 4-unit building to a 9-unit building. There the developer plans to rehab the existing home, erect a penthouse and then change the occupancy from 4 to 9-units. The developer wants to rehab to facade of the unique building that includes French style ironclad front porches like one would see in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

The developer wants to keep the porches but upgrade the current steel to wrought iron or other materials, as well as improve the porches doors and windows. The penthouse would be set back and not visible from the street.

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