The Board of Appeal today approved plans to replace a four-storefront block and house at 878 South St., across from Green T at Walter Street, with a three-story, nine-unit residential building.
Property owner Christos Kourtidis's plans call for 11 parking spaces and a rack for 14 bicycles. The lot's zoning calls for 18 parking spaces, but Kourtidis's attorney, Nick Zozula, said the site is a quarter mile from a Needham Line station and within an easy walk of several bus lines.
Zosula said the one commercial tenant, a barber, was planning on retiring so the elimination of his storefront won't affect him. The building is not the one that Hong Kong 888 is in; that has a different owner.
Eight of the units will be 980-square-foot two-bedrooms; the other will be a 780-square-foot one-bedroom.
The proposal was supported by the mayor's office, City Councilor Tim McCarthy and WalkUp Roslindale, which asked if Kourtidis would consider contributing to Roslindale's impending Hubway station and for building a bike rack in the pocket park at South and Walter streets.
The owner of a neighboring three-family building expressed concern about the effect on parking in the neighborhood and of construction on her tenants.
Board Chairwoman Christine Araujo cautioned Kourtidis to be careful with construction: "I'm a Roslindale resident, so I'm going to be watching this very closely."