A second meeting has been scheduled for the controversial proposed development at 64 Allandale St. The developer is expected to present a revised design for the project at the meeting.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority will host the meeting April 25 at the Roche Community Center in West Roxbury. (See: Agenda)
The property at 64 Allandale St. is on the border of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. It is part of the West Roxbury Neighborhood District, as a matter of zoning. Jacqueline Nunez, a Dorchester-based developer, filed a project notification form (PNF) during the summer with the BRA for a $20 million, 20-unit development at 64 Allandale St.
The project would abut Allandale Woods, which is an “urban wild” of about 100 acres of City- and private-owned land in Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury. The woods is roughly formed by Allandale and Centre streets, the VFW Parkway and the Hackensack Road.
The project has many critics who have voiced concerns over density, impact on traffic and the affect it would have on Allandale Woods. Some people have spoken in favor of the project, citing it being energy efficient and bringing much needed housing to the city.
There has been an extended fight over whether the project falls under the state Wetlands Project Act. The state Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) ruled recently that a portion of the 64 Allandale St. project indeed does fall under the act. That does not prevent Nunez from building the project, but she needs to jump more environmental review hurdles for it to happen.