The developer of 167 Coleridge St. recently updated the Harbor View Neighborhood Association on the progress of his project to replace a condemned building that has been an eyesore for some years in the neighborhood.
Brad Young received approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals, Boston Planning and Development Agency Design Review, as well as Boston Conservation Commission approval on the project last year to tear down a burnt-out building and replace it with two market-rate condo units.
“Thank you all for your patience on 167 Coleridge,” Young wrote on the Harbor View Neighborhood Association (HVNA) Facebook page last week. “I finally have some good news to share. Demolition of the eyesore will be starting soon so if you see machinery out front that’s what it’s for.”
Members of the Harbor View Neighborhood Association voted 29 to 9 in favor of the project at their March 2017 meeting.
The abandoned property at 167 Coleridge St. has long been a blight on the Street and was condemned by the City of Boston following a major fire several years ago.
Young purchased the property with plans to knock the existing structure down and replace it with a two-unit condo development. Young plans to live in one of the condo units.
Young’s attorney changed the use from a one-family to a two-family to construct the two condo units. The project will be a complete knock down and rebuild of the existing property. Young will demo the entire building and replace it with a structure that meets all the current building codes.
Due to the fact Young planned to knock down the existing structure rather than rehab it, the project triggered several zoning violations.
However, Young received unanimous zoning relief from the ZBA for lot area, lot width, side yard, height, open space per unit, as well as parking.
However, the footprint of the new building keeps pretty much in line with the current footprint of the existing building.
Because of the property’s close proximity to the shoreline, the building had to comply with current FEMA flood zone building requirements.