50-52 Montebello won’t mix with bigger project

The proposed development on the 3200 block of Washington Street between Montebello and Iffley roads will not include the properties at 50-52 Montebello Road, as originally suggested by the developers.

Instead, the City Department of Neighborhood development (DND) will offer a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of the month for renovations of the six two-bedroom units, according to DND Senior Development Officer for Housing John Feuerbach. The undeveloped lot at 50 Montebello is expected to remain green space.

According to DND draft materials provided by Feuerbach, all six units will be affordably priced, though it has no yet been decided how deeply affordable the units may be.

The RFP is expected to ask that the current building height and massing not be altered and that proposals provide a detailed landscaping plan for both sites.

While 52 Montebello and the adjoining undeveloped parcel would not have been owned by the developers of the 3200 Washington St. project, they said they would be willing to work with the City to improve both those properties as part of the larger project.

The property at 52 Montebello Road has been vacant for several years and drawn complaints for illicit parties and squatters. It has been on JP’s Problem Properties Committee list since mid-2012, when the City’s Inspectional Services Department boarded it up. The 6-unit apartment building was taken over by the City, unit by unit, through foreclosures.

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