The Board of Appeal today approved a developer's plan to replace the current Laz parking lot across from the Forest Hills T stop with three six-story apartment buildings.
Criterion Development agreed to set aside 20% of the units as affordable - the city requires only 13%.
The buildings will have a total of 146 parking spaces, for residents, any businesses that move into the proposed retail space and the Brady and Fallon funeral home on Tower Street.
Criterion principal Jack Englert said his company will work with nearby residents on a residential parking permit program to keep the 300 or so commuters who now use the Laz lot from "infiltrating" nearby streets. He said he's had some discussions with the T about what to do about those commuters, focusing on convincing them to use lots at Needham Line commuter-rail stops.
Englert said neighbors said they would love to see the 4,000 square feet of retail space in the project be rented to a grocery store. The space isn't large enough for a traditional supermarket, but he said he wants to talk to City Feed and Supply, which runs smaller specialty markets elsewhere in Jamaica Plain.
Vehicle access to the site will be through Washington Street; there will be no vehicle access from the Arborway.
Criterion will turn some 6,000 square feet of land owned by DCR into a small park; DCR had planned to simply plant grass on that land.
The BPDA had earlier approved the proposal. In response to a question from board Chairwoman Christine Araujo, a BPDA official was unable to say offhand just how many residential units are now in the pipeline for the area around the T station.
Nobody spoke in opposition.