Former East Boston Times Building to be Redeveloped

The building at 40 William Kelley Sq. that housed the East Boston Times for several decades is slated for redevelopment.

MG2 proposed to erect a 12-unit residential building with retail on first and second levels at last Wednesday’s Eagle Hill Civic Association (EHCA) meeting.

The mixed-use, six-story building would include eight one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units. Attorney for MG2 said the design is to be consistent in height and scale to the Seville, which is few doors down Border Street from the proposed project.

The proposal includes two levels of commercial space that can be used either as restaurant or retail space with four levels of residential space above.  In terms of exterior the two retail floors will be brick and MG2 is looking at metal for top four floors punctured with Juliet Balconies.

This was MG2’s first presentation, and there were some concerns regarding the building’s height and the fact there was no off-street parking proposed.

Lynds said he will be back before the EHCA with further plans next month.

Next EHCA members voted 30-1 in support of Michael Welsh project at 76 White Street.  Welsh wants to bring the Victorian home it back to its original splendor.  The building was vinyl sided and hid all the home’s original detail. Welsh is proposing to uncover and refurbish the exterior, save anything that can be saved, replace all windows and repair roof as needed.

He is also proposing addition on the back where there is currently concrete and convert the three rental units to five condominiums.

Parking at the home will remain with six spaces in rear and landscaping in front of and around house will be enhanced.

EHCA members then voted 29-1 in favor of Wilfredo Villanueva proposal to rebuild and enclose an old porch at 288 Chelsea Street.

Lastly, EHCA members voted 29-2 in favor of Attorney Lorene Schettino’s client’s plans to add a roof deck to a rehab project at 33 Condor St.

Schettino explained that the rehab is in progress and did not require zoning relief. However, Schettino’s client came before the EHCA to get approval for a small, 100 sq. ft. roof deck.

The proposed roof deck will be set back so it can not been seen from the street and will only be used for the home’s third-floor unit.

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