About 50 neighbors came out on Monday night to hear plans for a new 5-story condominium building proposed for 25 Atlantic Avenue in Boston’s North End / Waterfront. Organized by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the abutters meeting on the site was the first community outreach by the developer, J3 Design & Development, LLC and Walsh Brothers as part of a city zoning variance process expected to be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeal.
On the State level, the project is currently being reviewed for a Chapter 91 license with public comments due August 5th to firstname.lastname@example.org. See the application notice below and view the full Ch. 91 License Application here (pdf) as filed with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Neighbors at the abutters meeting had plenty of questions and voiced broad opposition to the scale of the project (55′ + mechanicals covering most all of the triangular lot). With the street noise, it was difficult to hear much of the discussion other than for folks to get a general sense of the project. Along with a brief floor plan review, the developer described improvements (benches, trees, etc.) to the surrounding sidewalk. Balconies and roof decks are planned with accessory parking located at-grade under the building. More details and view perspectives are expected to be presented at upcoming community meetings by two neighborhood groups, NEWRA and NEWNC, in the coming months.
25 Atlantic Avenue (also known 221-227 Commercial Street) in Boston’s North End is the location formerly occupied by Lavanderia and a gas station/car wash before that. It is adjacent to the Prince Building and between Lewis Wharf and the Howe & Bainbridge buildings at the corner of Atlantic and Commercial Streets.
Additional information and plans can be viewed on the projects Chapter 91 License Application here (pdf).