CAMH Hears Proposals for Delle Ave. Properties

On Wednesday, October 16, the Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) met for its regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The agenda featured presentations by the developers of two Delle Avenue properties.

-45 Delle Avenue

Developers Eben Kunz and Dan Inbar are looking to renovate a single-family property at 45 Delle Avenue by turning into a two-family building. This would involve adding two entry doors and a kitchen in order to fulfill the two-family vision. They are currently seeking zoning relief for insufficient parking. Inbar said that the layout of the units were flexible. CAMH will vote on the project at its November meeting.

-16-18 Delle Avenue

Developers Greg and Paul Grant of G&P Properties, LLC are looking to renovate a property at 16-18 Delle Avenue with the help of architect Marcus Springer. The vision is to construct two multi-family homes on the 6,700 square-foot lot, one with nine units. Each unit would contain two or three bedrooms and an open concept living/dining space, and would comply with accessibility standards.

G&P, which also owns the abutting property at 20 Dell Ave., would own and rent out the units. It stated that it would not rent to undergraduates and that it was willing to make one of the units affordable. Springer is currently in the process of redesigning the facade to fit the character of the neighborhood.

The team is seeking zoning relief for a number of code violations: the property has only seven of the nine required parking spaces; the floor area ratio is almost twice the allowed density; the stairs leading to the roof deck puts the height over the 35-foot limit; the building complies with the three-story limit, but includes an underground fourth floor. Also, multifamily use is not permitted on the property.

Comments from the community included a preference for two three-family buildings, rather than one building containing nine units. Some members complained about the behavior of tenants at other G&P properties around Mission Hill, which the company said it was unaware of.

CAMH will hold a vote on the project at its meeting next month.

Community Alliance of Mission Hill meets on the third Wednesday of the month in auditorium G-3 of the Kresge building at the Chan School of Public Health at 677 Huntington Ave. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Their next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 20. All members of the Mission Hill community are invited to attend.

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