A proposal to renovate and add additional living space to 3-5 Quincy Court has been one of the most contentious requests for zoning relief in the neighborhood. It didn’t get any better at the recent North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting. The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) voted to deny a previous plan for a fourth story addition in 2015.
Now, under new ownership and with plans that are smaller in scale to the original proposal, the Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) recently supported the new plans, which had no bearing on the Residents’ Association (NEWRA) who voted to opposed the proposal, by a vote of 17 against and 11 in favor.
The proposal sought to expand the first floor living into the basement, adding about another 400 sq. feet of living space while also building an additional floor on the roof which would bring the total bedrooms in the building to 14, up from the current 12 bedrooms.
As you can see in the above video coverage from the January 12, 2017 meeting, the new plan brings the additional floor 14 feet back from the roofline, the previous plan was only 2 feet off of the roofline. The remaining units will stay the same, and the plan calls to move the mechanical units to a spot that would prevent the possibility of a roof deck. An abutting neighbor of the unit spoke in fierce opposition, pointing to density in the neighborhood and the personal loss of light, added noise and added trash that this addition would bring (view at 12:51).
Both neighborhood groups are advisory to the Zoning Board of Appeal that will make the city’s final judgement on the application for zoning relief.