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New housing in Roslindale approved

New building on Washington Street at Archdale Road

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved an 18-unit condo building on Washington Street at Archdale Road, and plans for nine apartments on three new floors to be added to what is now a one-story building on Poplar Street in Roslindale Square.

The Boston Building Co. of Pittsfield will replace what is now an auto-repair shop with a four-story building with a roof deck, ground-floor retail space and 18 parking spaces.

Two of the units will be sold as affordable.

The board approved the proposal on the condition the developer and BPDA designers figure out how to reduce the size of what board member Mark Erlich called excessively large headhouses on the roof.

Also today, the board approved Todd Martin's plan to add three floors with nine one-bedroom apartments to 25-29 Poplar St. in Roslindale Square - bringing the building back to its original height before a fire decades ago. The building will have no parking spaces.

Poplar proposal

As part of their approval, board members also called for Martin to consult extensively with BPDA designers to ensure his current barebones design does not end up as what board Chairwoman Christine Araujo called "one of those boxes that we see everywhere these days" but instead fits in with the surrounding area.

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Looks like the cars are parked on sidewalk. How about an urban design that includes trees, benches and bike racks?

I see trees in the rendering. Also there is an underbuilding garage that probably has a bike rack in it. Every new property I've seen does.

what a laugh that bpda designers are capable... Has anyone seen the new bare bones facade on Heath Street near Lenox Martell? It's like a building from the Heath Street projects walked across the street to make both sides depressing.

contemporary architecture can be quite good...and yet in the wrong hands, quite awful

So the ZBA wants it to look like one of the bleak vinyl boxes on archdale, or that horrible fypon plastic “traditional” garbage further down Washington? I really hope we don’t end up with the abomination on Cummins after they went from a nice contemporary design to some weird Swiss chalet thing.

The upper floors on the rendering look fine. The lower floors need to be more glassy and open if it’s retail.

First, they didn't say anything about the design of the Washington Street building except for the ginormous headhouses on the roof, which are not shown in the rendering above.

But the comment about boxes was about the "actual design to come later" rendering for the Poplar Street proposal. And the board has, in fact, publicly stated it's tired of buildings like the ones up in Forest Hills.

Boston Building Co. of Pittsfield?

the barbed wire fences and guard towers?

And where will the parking be?

there's a garage underneath on the first level.

Chairwoman Araujo has the same complaint any time any new housing is proposed in Roslindale where she lives. It's a neighborhood of mostly two and three family buildings, brick apartment buildings, and some small single family homes. What character of the neighborhood is she exactly talking about here? It's not Florence, Italy.

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