Real Estate Today: ZBA approves 3200 Washington St. project

The contentious 3200 Washington project cleared another hurdle on Sept. 15, as the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approved the variances the project needs, according to the ZBA Office.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) gave the project the green light last month, despite the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council voting against the proposal and a grassroots group holding several demonstrations, including at the BRA board meeting, calling for the development to be 100 percent affordable housing. Some residents have supported the proposed development, saying it brings much needed housing to the city.

The developers, Dan Mangiacotti and Paul Iantosca, have plans to build a 76-unit development project at 3200 Washington St. with 18 affordable units. That number of affordable-housing units exceeds the City affordable-housing policy. The development will have three building sections, retail space and a parking garage.

The developers raised the number of affordable housing units to 18 after earlier this month winning a bidding contest through the City’s Department for Neighborhood Development for 52 Montebello Road. That site will now be part of the 3200 Washington St. 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.

Rosy Gonzalez, spokesperson for the developers, said that there is no timeline for the start of construction.

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