Residential complex approved for West Broadway; South Boston to lose another gas station

Proposed building at West Broadway and A Street

Architect's rendering.

The Board of Appeals today approved a developer's plans to replace the Gulf station at West Broadway and A Street with 7-story, 65-unit residential building.

Developer Michael Moore's plans call for 88 parking spaces in a garage that would stack cars four high and ground-floor space for a restaurant. The building would also have a "green" roof with shrubs and other plantings.

One of the owners of two buildings on Silver Street said he was "really taken aback" by the size and density of the building.

But it was a proposal for a three-unit building with three parking spaces at 793 East 6 St. that really exposed the depth of feeling among opponents of South Boston's current development explosion.

Brian Manning, who lives at 791 East 6 St., and whose family goes back three generations in South Boston, strongly opposed the proposal to replace the existing one-story building there:

"We're basically just sick to death of this overdevelopment in South Boston," he said. He said the new building would mean even more competition for on-street parking, in a neighborhood famous for its lack of parking. "Nobody who buys a million dollar condo just one car. ... Million-dollar condos do not help the neighborhood, they destroy them."

And then he issued a warning to board members and other people in the board hearing room who might not live in South Boston - that they will face the same issues. "It's coming," he said.

The board then approved the project.

87-93 West Broadway presentation (6.5M PDF).

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The kettle is black!

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The Google image of 693 E 6th shows that Brian Manning's residence at 691 E 6th St is indeed a multi-unit three-story building. If anything, the one-story building looks abysmally out of place next to it.
I'm all for not tearing down single-family buildings near the water and replacing them with a 6- or 12-unit building like was proposed earlier this year in City Point, but this is not that. Good on the BPDA for approving the project despite neighbors' objections.

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makes sense

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same guy owned the OTHER gulf they demolished on L st for a similar condo farm. No money in selling gas. Its a pennies per gallon loss leader. the real estate is just too precious.
Its one way to keep cars outta the city, eliminate the fuel.....

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In ten, maybe 15 years, there

In ten, maybe 15 years, there won't be any new cars made that run on gasoline. These landowners are just taking the long view.

It's not all condos, though. The Shell at D & Broadway is now a small TD Bank with a large parking lot....

Huh?

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Its one way to keep cars outta the city, eliminate the fuel.....

Last I checked, my car had a 350-450 mile range.

Strange looking... like an

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Strange looking... like an office building with balconies. What a shame architects can't do better for our neighborhoods. Up go more oversized luxury boxes which our out of scale with exisintg neighborhoods and will continue to drive out working class people and families with the ugly push of gentrification by developers who don't even live in Boston.

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Drive out working class people?

This site had 0 housing units previously. Now there's places for people to live. Don't like the price? Don't pay it.

As for families being pushed out, in the words of Michael Jackson, "if you can't feed your baby, then don't have a baby."

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Ah, yes.

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Always good to take Michael Jackson's advice on what to do with small children.

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Oh Yeah, especially when...

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...replying to a post referring to Balconies. Good time to bring up Michael Jackson's thoughts on caring for babies when balconies are involved.

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When did I bring up

Michael Jackson's thoughts on caring for babies? I brought up his thoughts on family planning, namely, not having one in the first place. Nothing to do with rearing existing babies.

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Will said

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Rearing existing babies.

Keep you kids away from Will, people!

So going from zero units

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of housing on this lot to several dozen is somehow making people leave? This is not how supply and demand work. If people are being priced out, it's because there's TOO FEW housing units in the city to meet demand. A shortage of supply is driving up prices.

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"The owner of this property

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"The owner of this property can't do what they want with their own land and people who can't find housing can just live under a bridge because I am too cheap to pay for private parking and too lazy to walk the one block to the Broadway T stop. I am not smart and think that a gas station is a good use of valuable land. Did I already mention I live in my parents basement? Apparently I did, yes." -Brian Manning of 791 East 6 St.

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How dare!

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Someone want to build housing and maximize their investment. BRIAN MANNING CAN'T FIND PARKING!!

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Different Location

I agree with your overall sentiment, but Brian Manning's opposition was to 793 East 6th Street, which is 1.7 miles from Broadway or 1.6 miles from Andrew. There are 4 bus lines within 3 blocks, though.

I stand corrected. The fact

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I stand corrected. The fact that Brian Manning, who feels entitled to hand outs from taxpayers and probably his parents, was complaining about a tiny 3 unit building makes him even worse than I originally thought.

Wait. Huh?

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The fact that Brian Manning, who feels entitled to hand outs from taxpayers and probably his parents, was complaining about a tiny 3 unit building makes him even worse than I originally thought.

Making a lot of assumptions there, kid. That would be the second time you did that. Of course, I cannot disprove your statement, but sure as hell can't prove it.

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Get Real

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... estate. Or, better yet, just look at the assessor's database.

Entitlement perpetuates itself ... entitlement to inherited property ... entitlement to cheap rent from relatives ... entitlement to an exclusive on using public property to store your private property ... goes on!

791 east sixth?

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He isn’t a listed owner, so he has no equity. Also, no taxpayer assistance.

But hey, if some stupid anon wants to double down on Kinopio’s telling assumptions, sure. Absent proof, I see a few asses.

Disgusting?

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A hazardous waste site in a low-lying residential area is disgusting.

Maybe you should rent your property out at an affordable price so more housing isn't needed?

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