Three candidates for the District 6 City Council seat Matt O'Malley is giving up all called on landlord Monty Gold and his tenant, John Lincecum of Turtle Swamp Brewing, to drop their lawsuits against a proposed senior-citizen apartment building next door to the brewery.
Kendra Hicks, Kelly Ransom and Mary Tamer responded to a query by Robert Orthman about their feelings on the suit - and on a proposal by O'Malley and Councilor Kenzie Bok of Beacon Hill to amend the city zoning code to eliminate minimum parking requirements for affordable-housing projects. Gold and Lincecum allege the 39-unit building, which was approved by the BPDA and the Zoning Board of Appeal without parking would create parking problems along Washington Street.
Hicks said she supports the O'Malley/Bok proposal and adds: "I have less nice things to say about the lawsuit."
Ransom agreed, said she's particularly concerned about the impact on El Embajador restaurant, which former site owner City Realty wanted to move next door but which was allowed to stay when the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corp. bought the site, and which was then promised space in the new senior-housing building there. She adds:
I am worried about stalling much-needed supportive affordable housing for seniors during a housing & homelessness crisis AND hurting an immigrant-owned legacy business (30+ years!) in Jamaica Plain. Can we work together to identify creative solutions that support the entire community's needs?
This is a good project and we need more affordable housing for our seniors and others in Boston and D6. I would hope that those with concerns would be good neighbors and withdraw opposition that has the potential to hold up this project.