‘The Gate’ — 5-Story Building Would Take James’s Gate Spot

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Proposal for five-story mixed-used building, "The Gate" on site of former James's Gate Pub

Stefanov Architects

Proposal for five-story mixed-used building, "The Gate" on site of former James's Gate Pub

Proposal for five-story mixed-used building, "The Gate" on site of former James's Gate Pub

Stefanov Architects

The neighborhood will get a closer look Wednesday at the five-story mixed-use development that would rise where a much-loved pub once stood.

James's Gate Pub, fireplace and dual bars included, closed abruptly in September 2015.

The developer is scheduled to give a presentation on the plan on Wednesday at the Zoning Committee of the JP Neighborhood Council. If you'd like to go, the meeting is 7 p.m. at Farnsworth House, 90 South St.

The parcel is at the corner of South and McBride. It would have commercial space — possibly a restaurant — on the first floor. Upper floors would be devoted to 11 residential units.

The patio at James's Gate

Chris Helms

File photo: The patio at James's Gate

Wednesday's presentation will be strictly informational - no vote is on the docket for that property. However, a development slated for a parking lot across McBride from the the former pub is up for a vote.

The developer, JP's Stephen Ballas, floated a six-unit residential building for the parking lot at 14-16 McBride St. Originally he had sought to have the 14-16 McBride and 5 McBride projects considered separately — effectively skirting the city's affordable housing requirements. But according to The Gazette, Ballas has agreed to have them considered together. On Wednesday, it is expected that two two-family townhouses will be proposed instead of a single building with six units.

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