A three-building new construction project has been proposed at 5-7-9 Jerusalem Place, currently a parking lot on the narrow street located off Salem and N. Margin Streets. Owner Chris Young has applied to build three 5-story residential buildings, each with two apartments and two ground floor parking spaces, for a total of six units of roughly 1200 – 1800 square feet. The family-sized units, with parking, are expected to be for-sale condominiums in 2 and 3 bedroom configurations. The total height of the buildings would be under 55 feet.
Jerusalem Place is the site of one of the North End’s former Jewish temples. The area was also part of Mill Pond and under protection of the Groundwater Act, requiring recharging compliance. The floor to area ratio violation of is in slight excess of the (3.12 vs 3.00 allowed). The open space violation comes from not including roof decks, according to Attorney Ferullo, in response to community concerns of excessive rooftop parties.
On October 10, 2017, the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted 5-0 in favor of the variance requests. Due to a lack of a council quorum, NEWNC is planning a follow up meeting to validate its vote. Community association votes are advisory to the Zoning Board of Appeals that will make the final determination.
View the above video for the complete presentation of the development proposal.