No ZBA hearing yet for Parker Hill project

July 10, 2015
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The proposed development at 70 Parker Hill Ave. does not yet have a date to appear before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals, according to the ZBA Office.

The ZBA Office said the developer filed paperwork last month and that it normally takes two month to get a date to appear before the board.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority board approved the project in April, but the developer will need the ZBA to approve several variances, including for forbidden use, before the project can move forward.

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 developers had originally proposed a 46-unit building, but they scaled down the project to reduce the number of units as a response to parking-ratio concerns. Parking was an issue raised during a community meeting last year.

The proposal now calls for 27 one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and 1 two-bedroom townhouse. The number of parking spots is slated to be 29. The project would still add an additional floor and more than 10,000 square feet to the building.

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