Parker Hill Ave. developer working on parking solution

December 12, 2014
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The proposed renovation project at 70 Parker Hill Ave. that would turn the former commercial building into 46 residential units will probably not go before the Boston Redevelopment Authority board anytime soon, as the developer works on the community’s concern over parking, according to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin.

The building at 70 Parker Hill Ave. was formerly used by the New England Baptist Hospital, but has been vacant for 10 years. The redevelopment is proposed by an East Boston partnership called Jamaica View LLC in collaboration with contractor GVW Incorporated, also East Boston-based.

The renovation project would turn the building into an apartment complex consisting of studios and one- and two-bedroom units. That would include 40 market-rate units and six affordable units. There would be 6 studio units, 33 one-bedroom units, 6 two-bedroom units and 1 two-bedroom townhouse.

The project would add an additional floor and more than 10,000 square feet to the building. There would also be 29 parking spots. During an Oct. 7 community meeting, attendees expressed a concern over the lack of parking spots at the proposed development.

“The community and the development team have been very engaged in working through the proposal, and we understand the concerns raised about insufficient parking,” said Martin in an email to the Gazette. “The developer is working to identify possible solutions and alternatives to address the issue, and we’ll go back out to the community to present any revised plans.”

He said that there is not timeframe for the project, but said that the BRA does not “imagine the project will go before the BRA board for approval in the near future. We want to make sure that we fully address the community’s concerns first.”

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