ZBA approves extension of loft at 57 Brookside Ave.

The Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) on June 21 approved a proposal for 57 Brookside Ave. #14 to add a bedroom on the second floor loft.

Owner Luke Bruffee explained that he would like to extend the existing loft in his unit that currently covers about a quarter of the unit. He wants to extend it so it covers about half the unit, to create a bedroom. At a recent Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) Zoning Committee meeting, Bruffee also said he wants to add a laundry closet as well as a window above the existing front door to create an egress for the new bedroom.

This is an extension of an existing non-conforming use, so that’s why it is before the ZBA. Bruffee said that the floor to ceiling height in the loft is a little over seven feet. No one commented either in support or in opposition of this proposal at the hearing.

Jeff Hampton of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) said that the BPDA recommends approval and is in support. The JPNC had also voted to approve the proposal at its meeting. 

The ZBA voted to approve. 

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