The Zoning Board of Appeals today approved a 44-unit apartment building to be carved out of part of the side of Mission Hill between Parker and Terrace streets and with solar panels and a geothermal unit aimed at pumping more electricity into the regional grid than it takes out.
Boston officials say this will be the first "energy positive project" in the city - and could generate 21% more energy than it needs. The building will also incorporate retail space designed to become an art gallery.
The city last year granted development rights to the land to Mariscal Studio, Inc., after it worked with nearby residents to preserve and extend a community garden on the site.
The building, which will included garden bed on its terraced roofs, will have just 30 parking spaces - but 82 spaces for bicycles. Sebastian Mariscal and his lawyer told the board the location, near the Roxbury Crossing Orange Line stop, is ideally suited for such a project.
Most residents who testified - along with state Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez - praised Mariscal for both the project in general and his willingness to work with the community.
Two residents objected to what they said was cutting down trees to put up solar panels.
The project will have five three-bedroom apartments, ten two-bedroom units and 29 one-bedroom units. Ten of the units will be set aside as "affordable."