The Board of Appeal yesterday approved a developer's plan to replace a commercial building and two houses with a nine-unit condo building with retail and office space on Savin Hill Avenue at Sydney Street.
However, developer James Baker will have to go back before the board for a separate approval for the restaurant he wants to put in the building - the board said it only approves restaurants with takeouts when it has full plans on the proposed operation.
The new building will have one handicap-accessible unit with six two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units, along with 13 parking spaces for residents and two for the retail and office space. Baker and his attorney, John Pulgini, said they are working with the neighboring Cristo Rey High School on a plan under which occupants of that space and customers could use the school parking lot when the school is not in session. In exchange, Baker has agreed to improve and maintain the lot.
The mayor's office and City Councilor's Michael Flaherty and Annissa Essaibi-George sent representatives to the hearing to voice their support. Nobody spoke in opposition.