GSCA Votes Down One Project, Gets Info on a Second

At last week’s Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) meeting the group voted on one development project and received the first presentation on another project.

With only 14 voting members present at last week’s meeting the group voted against the project at 273-279 Maverick St. in a close vote of 8 to 6.

The proposal by Tim Lorenzo was to erect a five-story, mixed use building with 28 dwelling units with space for one retail establishment.

The project had been reduced from 41 units to 28 units after Lorenzo reconfigured the building.

Lorenzo plans to combine four lots and erect the building that will mixed use retail, artist space and the residential units. The plan will also improve street-scape to blend with 287 Maverick St. The developer also proposed 23 off-street parking spaces and bike storage. This is intended to be a rental project.

Because the project is subjected to the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Article 80 review the BPDA will hold a further community meeting on the project.

The large retail space proposed for the building will be used as a coffee shop while the smaller will probably be professional offices.

Abutters to the project expressed concern over the variance for parking. Lorenzo’s attorney said his client would be eliminating a future industrial use, which could have employee and patron parking–making it more of an impact traffic wise.

No vote was taken on the second project discussed at 48 Geneva St. because it was an initial presentation.

Nick Delibro has proposed to erect a five-story, six unit residential building with four to six parking spaces intended for home ownership

With other projects slated for the long neglected Geneva Street Delibro hopes his project is part of an effort to improve the conditions on Geneva Street.

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