JP Neighborhood Council’s Letter Opposing Variances for 211 Green St.

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Rendering of ground floor for 3353 Washington St.


Rendering of ground floor for 3353 Washington St.

City Hall went against the recommendation of the JP Neighborhood Council, an elected advisory group, to approve variances for a controversial development at the corner of Washington and Green.

Here is the text of the May 4 letter from the JPNC to the ZBA:

Christine Araujo, Chair

Board of Appeal 1010 Massachusetts Ave.,

4th Floor Boston, Massachusetts 02118

Re: 211 Green Street, Ward 11, BOA675434

Dear Ms. Araujo:

At the April 2017 meeting of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, held Tuesday, April 25, the Council members voted 9-3-0 to request the Board of Appeal to DENY ALL EIGHT VARIANCES SOUGHT FOR THIS PROJECT because:

1. The appeal for this project does not satisfy the requirements of Article 7, §7.3 of the Boston Zoning Code for the granting of variances;

2. This project was approved by the BPDA before the final draft of Plan JP/Rox was prepared by the agency and approved by the BPDA board.. The developer seeks variances for a site where under current zoning, residential housing is forbidden and the height is excessive; while at the same time requesting the increased height granted in the final draft of Plan JP /Rox without achieving the affordability required by it.

3. There is insufficient compliance with the JPNC Inclusionary Zoning Policy and that of Plan JP/Rox;

4. The developer has failed to engage sufficiently with the residents of the relevant neighborhood to resolve concerns about the project; and,

5. Numerous residents of Union Avenue and Green Street are opposed.

Very truly yours,

Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council

Kevin F. Moloney, Chair

cc: Board of Directors, BPDA and, via e-mail, to: Marie Mercurio, BRA; Alexandra Valdez, ONS; Councilors O'Malley, Murphy, Flaherty, Pressley and Wu; Representatives Sanchez and Malia; and Senator ChangDiaz; JP News; JP Gazette, Boston Bulletin, Michael Ross