The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a developer's proposal to replace a derelict single-family home with five condos on a nearly 19,000-square foot lot on Plain Street in Dorchester.
Most of the parcels on Plain Street are closer to 5,000 square feet.
Residents said David Higgins's proposed building, in an area where zoning calls for single-family homes, would be too large and out of character with the neighborhood. They also criticized Higgins for letting the existing property deteriorate, in part by using it to store construction debris and plow trucks.
Unlike most multi-family proposals on side streets these days, the proposed building would not violate zoning requirements for density or distance from property lines, Higgins's attorney, George Morancy said. He said that, without zoning relief - for a multi-family building - Higgins could legally build two single-family homes of 4,700 square feet each.
Nearby residents were joined by the mayor's office and city councilors Frank Baker and Annissa Essaibi-George in opposing the proposal because of the number of units and its design.
The board vote was unanimous.