Four-Story Mixed Use Building Floated for 632-638 Centre St.

632-638 Centre St., Monday, March 9, 2015.

Chris Helms

632-638 Centre St., Monday, March 9, 2015.

UPDATE: The developer is withdrawing his current plans.


A major change to central JP that would bring rare residential units to the Centre/South business district has started its way through the city’s bureaucracy. The plan would raze the one-story building 632-638 Centre St. and transform the plot into a four-story mixed use development.

The building’s owner, CBG Realty LLC, is scheduled to argue for variances from zoning rules on Tuesday at City Hall.

According to a Board of Appeals notice, the mixed-use building would have retail on the ground floor, offices and residential on the second floor and residential units on the third and fourth floors. A total of 15 units are envisioned.

The building currently houses the accounting offices of Andrew M. Zuroff, who is listed on the state’s corporations database as manager of CBG Realty.

Depending on how tall it would be built, the four-story building could become the tallest non-church building in the Centre/South corridor.

The developer would need relief from several parts of the zoning code, including “floor area ratio,” excessive height, usable open space, off-street parking and an insufficient loading zone.

The Board of Appeals hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room 801 of City Hall.

632-638 Centre St. (left) is next to Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Monday, March 9, 2015.

Chris Helms

632-638 Centre St. (left) is next to Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Monday, March 9, 2015.

[Editor’s note: The original post gave the wrong day of the week for the scheduled Zoning Board of Appeals hearing.]

  • Peppy

    Sounds like a great addition to the neighborhood.

  • That’s the building On Centre moved out of. I have to wonder if the two (On Centre moving out and the new plans for the property) had anything to do with one another.

  • One of the neighbors

    The neighbors are not happy. This tiny block straddles 2 very small dead end streets that are now like a residential hamlet and limits access to private homes. If it gets overbuilt, there will be very limited access, huge congestion to an already congested area and no “turnaround” capability. As of now the city can barely get their trash collection trucks down the tiny street and Private Way.