The Zoning Board of Appeal tomorrow considers a request from the owner of 25-29 Poplar St., currently a single-story building that is home to a barber shop, beauty salon and a boutique, to add three floors with nine residential units.
If approved, it would be the third such floor increasing in Roslindale Square in recent years, coming decades after landlords lopped off floors either because of fires or to reduce taxes in what was then, but which is no longer, a declining area. A few doors down, Wallpaper City is currently adding two floors and eight apartments. A few years ago, the owner of the Washington Street building where Chilacates is now, added back two floors with apartments.
Owner Todd Martin needs zoning variances to add the extra floors because it would make his building taller and denser than allowed under his lot's zoning.
The hearing is the 13th scheduled for a session that begins at 1 p.m.