South St. condo plan rejected

August 17, 2012
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SOUTH ST.—Controversial plans to demolish a lawyer’s office and replace it with a five-unit condo building were rejected earlier this month by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee and the City’s zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

It is unclear what will happen to attorney Peter Fenn’s plan for 71 South St. Fenn did not return a Gazette phone call.

Neighbors had opposed the project for its density, loss of open space and possible traffic impact on Atwood Square, a narrow street that runs alongside the site. The plan involved demolishing an existing century-old house.

The plan required several significant zoning variances. The Zoning Committee rejected it on a 5-4 vote on Aug. 2, according to committee chair Dave Baron. The ZBA denied the appeals without prejudice on Aug. 7, meaning that Fenn can change and refile the plan.