Zoning hearing delayed on 3200 Washington St.

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee’s hearing on the proposed development at 3200 Washington St. has been deferred until June 17. The committee was originally supposed to hear the project on May 20.

The developers, Dan Mangiacotti and Paul Iantosca, have plans to build a 76-unit development project with 11 affordable units and 36 parking spaces.

Development team spokesperson Rosy Gonzalez said the deferment was to allow time to gain more information from the City about 52 Montebello Road, which might be used in an “affordable package.” The 3200 Washington project has been the target of protests demanding a greater percentage of affordable units.

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.

A request for proposals (RFP) to buy an apartment building and vacant lot at 50-52 Montebello Road was issued by the City earlier this year. The RFP seeks to preserve the lot as open space and have the apartments become affordable homeownership or rental housing.

The site includes 50 Montebello Road, totaling approximately 5,625 square feet of vacant land, and 52 Montebello Road, a 6,000-square-foot lot with six condo units now owned by the City.

The RFP asks that the current building height and massing not be altered and that proposals provide a detailed landscaping plan for both sites. The vacant lot is expected to remain green space. At previous meetings about the project, City officials said the lot is too steep and rocky to build on.

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