GSCA Approves Three Projects at Monthly Meeting

By John Lynds

At Monday night’s Gove Street Citizen’s Association August meeting, the group voted in favor of supporting three development proposals.

The first project proposed by MG2 was supported by a vote of seven to six by members to raze the former ‘pickle factory’, a vacant industrial building at 287 Maverick St., and construct a five story mixed use development. The proposal calls for 37 multifamily residential units and a café/restaurant at ground level with 31 on-site parking spaces.

Attorney for the project, Richard Lynds, said the development is subjected to the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Article 80 small project review and will also include affordable units.

Lynds said the 2,200 sq. ft. ground level retail space will include a cafe concept called ‘Brew on the Grid’ that will serve coffee, beverages and light food.

The project was also supported by the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association.

While there was some concerns over parking due to the ratio not being one parking spot for each unit, Lynds explained that to add more parking would require sacrificing the cafe on the first floor–something that abutters wanted incorporated in the design. During abutters meetings, residents expressed the desire to reactivate that stretch of Maverick Street, which lacks retail space.

The second project was proposed by developer Thomas Falucci at 67 Lubec St. The GSCA voted 10 to 0 in favor of the proposal. The project had been scaled down since the last meeting with the GSA and Attorney Matt Eckel said the developer has dropped the height of the building from five stories to four and reduced the number of units from seven to six. The project includes six off street parking spaces.

The last project pitched by Marc Savatsky at 90-94 Cottage St. was approved by a vote of nine to five.

Attorney for the project Matt LaCasse said his client plans to erect a four story, seven-unit condo ownership building with one handicapped unit and six on-site parking spaces on a vacant lot.

LaCasse argued that the parcel use to have a seven-unit building on it but it was condemned by the City of Boston and demolished in 1965.

“The building being proposed is what was historically at this location,” said LaCasse.

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