James’s Gate project heads to ZBA

The 5 McBride St. project will head to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Jan. 24, according to City documents.

The project is seeking several variances, including for insufficient off-street parking and for dimensional regulations.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council’s (JPNC) Zoning Committee voted during a Dec. 6 meeting in favor of recommending the mixed-use project at 5 McBride St., the former site of James’s Gate restaurant. James’s Gate was a popular Irish pub that was sold in March of this year to developer Stephen Ballas, who also acquired the parking lot across the street at 14-16 McBride St, for a total of $1.95 million. Many residents and abutters to the site have expressed concern at several public meetings about affordability and the size and scale of the new developments in relation to the rest of the neighborhood.

Ballas has plans of developing both sites, and has formally committed to linking the projects for the purposes of calculating the minimum amount of affordable units necessary under the City’s affordable-housing policy and submitting it to the Boston Planning and Development Agency for design review.



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