The Harbor View Neighborhood Association (HVNA) last week voted not to approve a project on Saratoga Street.
Architect Eric Zachrison and Owner Khanh Duong proposed to maintain the corner store at 655 Saratoga St. and erect two additional levels to house four, two bed-room and two- bath units and three, two-bedroom, two-bath units over the store’s garage on Curtis Street.
The garage was to be renovated to provide parking for five cars.
HVNA members voted 28 to 14 against the project.
While the group voted down the project, at a meeting earlier this month Zachrison said Duong have changed the project significantly from the first abutters meetings and HVNA meeting.
Zachrison said the owner met with the tenant of the convenience store and they were excited for the project and long had concerns about break-ins with not enough people around Curtis.
“This building will help with safety, and they plan on staying in the store,” said Zachrison.
In the end HVNA members said the owner needed too many zoning variances and did not like the idea of crowding seven units above the corner store.