Jamaica Plain News reports the reason for the appearance of construction equipment and fencing outside the former JJ Foley's Fireside Tavern on Hyde Park Avenue is so a developer can begin work to put up a four-story, nine-unit apartment building.
Builder Gregory McCarthy of Arlington has a building permit for a four-story building with nine apartments and ground-floor retail space and parking. However, he has yet to be issued a demolition permit to raze the old bar building which was erected in 1920, which means the city Landmarks Commission first has to determine whether it has any historic value or whether it can be torn down.
McCarthy bought the 6,000-square-foot parcel for $1.35 million in August from the Foley family, according to Registry of Deeds records.
Multi-family housing is an allowed use in the "neighborhood shopping" zoning district the tavern sits in; the project did not need any approval from the zoning board.