BRA: Washington St. development needs more work

November 21, 2014
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The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has told the developer of a project along Washington and Green streets to go back to the “drawing board” in the face of community concerns.

The proposal by developer Walter Craven calls for two buildings at 3371-3375 Washington St. and 197-201 Green St. that would have four commercial spaces, 20 residential units (three of which would be affordable) and 24 parking spaces.

The project would need several variances, including for excessive height, forbidden use and insufficient parking. It is scheduled to appear before the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Dec. 9, according to the ZBA’s Office. It is unclear whether the project will be deferred in light of the BRA’s decision.

Craven and his attorney, Joseph Feaster, did not respond to requests for comment.

The project was presented during a community meeting on Oct. 30, where more people appeared to be against the development than for it and argued against the project’s density.

BRA spokesperson Nick Martin said in an email to the Gazette said that the agency appreciates the input of residents and elected officials about the project and that it is “clear the community is divided” over the project.

“We’ve asked that Mr. Craven go back to the drawing board and re-work the design of his proposal to respond to concerns that have been raised,” said Martin. “At this point, the proposed project is not ready to go before the BRA board for consideration.”

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