The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board has approved the latest development plans at 64 Allandale St., a residential project proposed for the border of West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, despite continued objections from residents at a meeting earlier this month.
The BPDA (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Agency, or BRA) included the 64 Allendale St. project on its Nov. 17 agenda, and tweeted following the meeting:
Board approves updates to 64 Allandale St. project by way of Notice of Project Change (NPC) https://t.co/H6ssDO77Ft pic.twitter.com/gSXdKiZ7Nq
— BPDA (@BostonPlans) November 17, 2016
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reported that at a meeting Nov. 7 held in West Roxbury, the developer of 64 Allandale St. presented an updated proposal. The number of units, originally pegged at 20, has been reduced by two. The project would include one affordable unit and additional green space. To proceed, the developer would need to obtain more than 50 variances; construction is projected to take 18 months.
According to the Gazette:
The Boston Planning and Development Agency board approved the originally proposal earlier this year. Christopher Tracey, BPDA project manager for the proposal, defended the board’s decision to approve the project back then, saying the developer made changes, including increasing the setback between the buildings and Allandale Woods. He said that the project is not as dense as other projects in the area. That comment was later criticized by attendees, who said that the 64 Allandale St. project is unique, as it abuts Allandale Woods.
Tracey said the because of the new changes made to the proposal, the project [would] need to go back to the BPDA board.
The project is expected to go in front of the city's Zoning Board of Appeals next month. Hop over to the Gazette to read more about the meeting, including meeting attendees' objections to the proposal.