Silverline Development Company, the new owner of 244-246R Hanover Street and 20 Parmenter Street, received a unanimous 7-0 vote in support of its zoning relief requests from the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council, NEWNC. The request seeks relief for the purpose of converting commercial/retail spaces to residential use and increase the number of units from a total of 15 to 28 units.
Recognizing difficulties at the property since 2002, the new owner said he is reaching out to neighbors regarding their concerns to finally get the “Hanover Hole” filled at 244-246R Hanover St., next to Fiore Restaurant. The second property as part of the development has been branded “Teatro” at 20 Parmenter Street in the space formerly occupied by the North End Union.
The Teatro part of the project is largely completed with an entrance on Parmenter Street. The request there is to change the retail use to residential because the owner does not believe that ground floor commercial use is practical at the Parmenter Street location.
At 244-246R Hanover Street, an increase in height is requested to 55 feet. A similar request was approved in 2002 but never built.
All 28 units will be one bedroom rental apartments. Both properties will be managed as part of the same development with 25 parking spaces in an underground garage. A common trash room is included in the design with plastic trash barrels.
A rendering of the Hanover Street building was questioned at the meeting due to the indicative scale and modern facing frontage. One attendee referred to the design as a “skyscraper.” The property owner explained that the building will comply with the neighborhood’s general 55 feet height limit and they are redesigning the front of the property to “soften” its appearance. The Boston Redevelopment Authority is expected to weigh in on the building design.
The side facing Fiore Restaurant was shown with no windows at the request of the restaurant owner so as not to interfere with the operation of the eatery and associated roof deck. The issue of cars entering / exiting the Hanover St. underground garage was also discussed.
NEWNC’s vote in favor of the development is advisory to city officials. The Residents’ Association (NEWRA) is also expected to take an advisory vote at an upcoming meeting. A hearing at the Zoning Board of Appeal is scheduled for May 21, 2013 at City Hall.