The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by developers for two new residential buildings, with a total of 29 units, to replace what is now a flooring concern, along Curtis and Saratoga streets in East Boston.
The larger of the two buildings, at Curtis and Chaucer streets, right off Rte. 1A, would have 23 residential units and 17 parking spaces. A smaller, six-unit building, looking more like a triple decker, would be behind that lot on Saratoga Street. In total, the buildings would have four affordable units.
Acting board Chairman Mark Erlich said the larger building "seems like it;s pretty much bigger than anything around" in the surrounding area. Jonathan Garland, architect for developers Seth Williams and Jim Grossman, said the intent was to "bookend" the corner and that the change in architectural styling at the third floor of the building would help the building fit in with its three-story neighbors. Their attorney, Matt Eckel, noted that the building fronts on a highway on roughly one and a half sides, so there are no neighbors there at all that might be affected.
Board members Joe Ruggiero and Eric Robinson expressed some concern about the relative paucity of landscaping or greenspacing, especially along the front of the building. Before construction plans are filed, the BPDA will conduct a "design review" of the buildings.
The board then voted 5-0 to approve the proposal.
7-11 Curtis St. filings.