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Garage could make way for five stories of residential units on Saratoga Street in East Boston

946 Saratoga St. rendering

Archictect's rendering of 946 Saratoga St.

A Wakefield developer has proposed replacing an unused garage and tool and die facility at 946 Saratoga St. in Orient Heights with a 42-unit residential building overlooking Noyes Park.

In a recent filing with the BPDA, CB Equities says the design of the proposed $10.4-million building seeks to emulate nearby triple deckers:

The scale and rhythm of the building takes the existing and adjacent triple decker typology and abstracts them to the scale of the proposed development. The adjacent triple decker bays are re-considered as bays, which continue the rhythm of the street and break up the mass of the building.

The proposal calls for 43 parking spaces. The developer adds that by creating a new curb along what is now essentially a long ramp to the garage, it would create five new on-street parking spots.

CB says it would agree to shovel the sidewalks along Noyes Park for 10 years.

The BPDA will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Salesian Boys & Girls Club of East Boston, 150 Byron St.

946 Saratoga St. project-notification form (19.8M PDF)

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Another 300 units on McClellan highway at the Avis location, another 22 units on Liverpool street, another proposed 500 units ( office building) on mclellan highway, another 250 units on the waterfront, and many more to come, after all these apartment buildings are built the saturation of apartments in Eastie will begin, leaving a high vacancy rate of apartments and the monthly rate of apartment renting in Eastie will decline . most of the vacancies will turn into section 8's..

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You make it sound like it's a bad thing that they're addressing the housing shortage by building more housing and lowering average rents in the neighborhood.

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People need to live somewhere.

But I doubt your scenario will come to light - ever hear of something called the regional economy? Prices are still very high and vacancies still very low and this is now considered to be a convenient location.

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It looks like every other residential building being built in East Boston; nothing like the traditional 3 deckers.

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The look is your ordinary cookie cutter condo building. It will not match up with the surrounding buildings, that is what is happening in Eastie now, houses with turn of the century architecture are being bought by developers and are either knocking them down or gutting them into modern glitz.

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I bet there were plenty of people in 1910 saying: "What? Another triple decker? Don't we have enough cookie cutter triple deckers in our neighborhoods? Can't developers build anything but these damn triple deckers? There erasing all the 1-story homes that give our neighborhood some character."

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They're sharing one set of plans as though it were a Netflix account.

That cornice cliché is gonna date these things even more precisely than the inevitable stainless and granite.

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... is very vague on how many units would be affordable and claims a public benefit would be "much needed market rate" housing.
Sounds like there really isn't any public benefit at all in this proposal. In addition, its ugly.

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In a recent filing with the BPDA, CB Equities says the design of the proposed $10.4-million building seeks to emulate nearby triple deckers:

They'll be made of scrap wood and cardboard boxes, festooned with satellite dishes, and lean on the neighboring buildings?

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Hey,

My house resembles that remark!

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You forgot the pink patterned tar paper.

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