After a false start in March, Maple Hurst Builders came back to the community again on Wednesday evening with a fresh proposal for the vacant lot opposite Green Street from their 2012 development, Bartlett Square 1. Called Bartlett Square 2, it would be a four-story building with 15 apartments over ground floor office and commercial spaces, including a restaurant to be called "Havana Pete's." JP developer Chris DeSisto presented his plans at an Article 80 Small Project Review, a requirement for the five zoning variances he requires before construction can begin. DeSisto said that Bartlett Square 2 would be all rental so that Maple Hurst "could have a revenue stream for other projects." Maple Hurst, through its subsidiary 2 Bartlett Square LLC, would own and manage the new building and the businesses.
A Jamaica Plain builder who in March failed to get support from a bellwether neighborhood committee for the liquor license he'll need for a casual seafood restaurant next to Green Street T has filed plans for the entire development. Chris DeSisto of Maple Hurst Builders aims to anchor a new multi-use building at the corner of Green and Amory with a restaurant. "Bartlett Square 2" would mirror many aspects of his existing Bartlett Square building across the street. Differences include that instead of condos, the new building would have 15 apartments, office space and retail. The JP Neighborhood Council's Public Service Committee deadlocked in March on whether to back the booze license.
A well-known Jamaica Plain builder who hopes to open a casual seafood restaurant next to Green Street T failed to get support from a bellwether neighborhood committee for the liquor license he'll need. Chris DeSisto of Maple Hurst Builders will have to decide whether to take his request to the city's Licensing Board without a green light from the Public Service Committee of the JP Neighborhood Council. The board stalemated 4-4 Tuesday during a packed community meeting at the JP Police Station. DeSisto aims to anchor a new multi-use building at the corner of Green and Amory with a restaurant. "Bartlett Square 2" would mirror many aspects of his existing Bartlett Square building across the street.
Neighborhood builder Chris DeSisto has proposed a new building right across Amory from Green Street Station that would have 15 apartments and a second-floor restaurant. DeSisto spoke to Jamaica Plain News Friday in advance of a Tuesday neighborhood meeting where he'll pitch the need for a liquor license. The restaurant would tentatively be called "Havana Pete's." An earlier name — "Redneck Pete's" — didn't get rave reviews, DeSisto said. The new mixed-use building at 450 Amory St.
At the most recent public meeting on a development for 3371 Washington St. and 197 Green St., the air was thick with frustration from both those opposed and those in favor — although it appeared the opponents were in the majority. Owner Walter Craven wants to build two long, four-story, brick-faced multi-family condos on an L shaped lot. The space is currently a hodgepodge of a parking lot, light industry and a woodframe house built before the Civil War. Union Avenue neighbors want Craven to build two three-story condominium buildings that are much shorter and set farther away from three houselots on that street.