ZBA hearing postponed for Forest Hills dev.

A Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing for a proposed development at 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. has been deferred until June 2, according to the ZBA Office.

Maria Christina Blanco of City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) said that community groups and the developer for the project, City Realty Group (CRG) are still working out the details of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), a legal agreement about the project.

CRG stirred controversy in the neighborhood last year by attempting to evict tenants by means of massive rent hikes, including a popular local restaurant, in an Egleston Square building. That matter was eventually resolved after public protests.

Blanco said that MOU will seek to “avoid conflicts,” such as that aforementioned one, and resolve outstanding evictions that CRG currently have at some residential homes. She said that there have been two meeting so far, one led by state Rep. Liz Malia and another hosted by City Councilor Tito Jackson.

CRG plans to turn 38-42 Hyde Park Ave. into a three-storey building with six residential units above a first-floor commercial space. There is currently a one-story building at the site, 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.

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