Hyde Park Ave. project to shrink

June 20, 2014
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Developer Fred Starikov of City Realty Group said he has heeded to neighbors’ concerns, reducing a proposed four-story project at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. to three stories.

Starikov had originally proposed demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a four-story building. The first floor would have commercial space towards the front facing Hyde Park Avenue, while the back would have a seven-car garage with an exit on Weld Hill Street. The next three floors would house nine residential units.

But neighbors during a May community meeting objected to the fourth floor, as that would need a variance and would set a precedent for other developers to follow.

Starikov said in a recent Gazette phone interview that he is reducing the project to three floors with six residential units in light of the neighbors’ concerns. He said that he deferred during a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing earlier this month and that that hearing has been rescheduled for sometime in October. Starikov said that he will present new drawings to the community sometime in the interim.

Tess Pope, a local resident who had voiced opposition to the original plans, called the news “very promising.”

There is currently a one-story building at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave., which used to be the home of Yang’s Martial Arts Association. It has been vacant since that business moved to Roslindale in November 2012.

 

  • Eric Herot

    This project is less than three hundred feet from a major transit stop and we’re opting for *less* density? Why are these debates never followed up with a discussion of how repeatedly requesting shorter buildings with less density right next to major train stations does NOT “preserve the feel of the community” but instead makes housing more expensive and less accessible for everyone.

    I don’t like City Realty any more than anyone else in this community, but as long as they’re going to be developing parcels in this area, they shouldn’t be contributing to the continued affordable housing shortage in JP.