Parties await Art Park lawsuit decision

February 5, 2016
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The lawsuit over the proposed Art Park development is in the hands of a Boston Housing Court judge, according to John Feuerbach of the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development and Kathryn Brookins, who filed the lawsuit with her husband Oscar in 2014.

The lawsuit went to trial on Dec. 14 and 15. Feuerbach said that both parties have until Feb. 22 to give the judge any more documents boosting their case and will await the judge’s decision.

“We are hoping it goes in our favor,” he said.

The Art Park site is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets that is slated to be redeveloped into community gardens and residential and retail space. The site currently contains murals, mosaic footpath tiles and colorful furniture, and community gardens that were operated by local residents.

The developer, Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Inc. plans to redevelop the Art Park site into 44 apartments with 10 affordable housing units; 58,000 square feet of green space; and 4,000 square feet of retail space. The site will have 30 parking spaces and 82 bike-parking spaces.

The site will also have community gardens on the roof of the buildings, along with a solar-panel farm towards the Terrace Street side. It is expected to be LEED-certified at “Platinum,” which is the construction industry’s highest energy-efficient rating. The site is slated to produce more energy than it will use.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals both approved the project in 2014 after a two-year community process.

The Brookins filed a lawsuit over the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to grant variances for the project.

Over the past 15 years, the Brookinses have filed lawsuits against several real estate projects in Mission Hill and the Longwood Medical Area, sometimes gaining settlements, sometimes having the suits tossed out of court. In 2012, they were among the plaintiffs who settled a lawsuit out of court, reportedly for a large sum of money, over zoning approval of Northeastern University’s controversial East Village dorm project.

One Response to Parties await Art Park lawsuit decision

  1. Eric on February 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    One correction is needed for this article.

    The park ONCE contained murals, footpaths, colorful furniture and gardens but now contains heroin addicts shooting up every day, hundreds of discarded needles, trash, mattresses, homeless camps, human waste and overgrown weeds. The park has become a dumping ground and no one seems to care.

    Shame on the city and the developer for not maintaining this park. It is an absolute disgrace.

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