Today (Firday, Sept 18) is the deadline for comments on the proposal for a 20-unit apartment building on Greylock Road.
The Project Notification Form is online at http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/DevelopmentProjects/PipeDocs/17-23%20Greylock%20Road/PNF/17-23%20Greylock%20Road_PNF.pdf
From: Harry Mattison
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 9:14 AM
To: Jay Rourke (Jay.Rourke.BRA@CityofBoston.gov)
Subject: 17-23 Greylock Road comments
It is hard to imagine a project less consistent with the Allston/Brighton zoning and the goals of this community than the proposal for 17-23 Greylock Road.
Allston is a neighborhood with very low homeownership and an overly transient population. Twenty more small apartments (average size 977 square feet) is not what we need.
The proposal seeks variances for:
- Number of units
- Maximum floor area ratio
- Maximum building height
- Minimum front yard
- Minimum side yard
- Minimum rear yard
- Minimum useable open space
There is no hardship (as defined by Section 7-3 of the Boston Zoning Code) to justify these variances, only the greed of a developer seeking to profit while violating the intent and purpose of our zoning code and doing nothing to improve the quality of life in this neighborhood.
Maybe Mr. Baskin, the Newton developer who is seeking these variances, should have been more careful before spending $1.6 million in 2006 to purchase the buildings that he now wants to demolish. In any case, zoning variances are not to be used to help investors who made unwise decisions.
Thank you for conveying to the Mayor and Director of the BRA the serious concerns that many neighbors expressed about this project at the public meeting on July 30. I hope that you will all agree that these variances should not be approved.