HVNA Votes on Three Projects at November Meeting

At its monthly meeting earlier this month the Harbor View Neighborhood Association (HVNA) voted on three development projects.

The first project at 85-86 Horace St, the group voted 34 to 14 in favor of owners Adam and Deana Fetherson’s plan to subdivide the existing parcel at 87 Horace into two lots and erect a single-family house.

According to the couple’s attorney, Jeff Drago, the ground floor will have a one car garage, patio, storage and mechanicals; the 2nd floor will be a kitchen, dining room, rear deck, and half bath; and the 3rd floor will be three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

The Fethersons plan to live in the newly constructed home to accommodate their growing family.

The group then voted 28-20 in favor of the project at 95-97 Horace St. There, owner/developer Joseph Trichilo plans to subdivide the existing 5,000 sq. ft. parcel and build a two unit condo building with two parking spaces.

According to Trichilo’s attorney, Richard Lynds, all units will be two bedroom, two bathroom units.

Lynds said Trichilo has scaled down the project from four units with six parking spaces to the two units.

Abutters at the meeting commended Trichilo and Lynds for addressing the concerns of neighbors by reducing the size and scope of the project. Lynds said the change was in response to a desire to see more green space and improve the buffering between the project and neighbors.

“We may be able to extend the green area a bit more,” said Lynds.

In the last presentation of the evening HVNA members voted -21 against the project at 95-97 Addison St.

Owners Nick Earls and Eric DiNicola proposed to demolish the existing home and build a 10 units condo building with 10 parking spaces on a  6,000 sq. ft. lot.

Attorney for the DiNicolas, Mike Ross, said the project is within the McClellan Economic Development Area, which makes the project tricky from a zoning standpoint. Addison Street is not zoned for residential units but is for Executive Suites. 

Ross said the owners started by proposing 12 units but reduced the number of units to 10.

However, HVNA members–given all the recent development on Addison Street, were not thrilled by the idea of tearing down a small residential home and building 10 units.

While Ross said his clients have over 20 letters of support from abutters within 300 feet of the project one abutter at the meeting said he was an abutter and did not support the proposal.

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