The Board of Appeal today approved Mordechai Levin's proposal for a 45-unit, six-story building at the corner of Green and Washington streets in Jamaica Plain.
The proposed $18-million building would have 24 parking spaces and eight affordable units - six for people making no more than 50% of the area median income and two for people making no more than 70%.
The mayor's office supported the project as did several nearby residents. "It's 45 units of housing that we needed yesterday," one supporting resident said.
City Councilors Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury) and Tito Jackson (Roxbury) opposed the project, as did a much larger number of residents who attened the board hearing this morning.
Key to the resident opposition was the number of affordable unit - almost 18% of the units in the building, compared to the 25% called for in voluntary Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council guidelines. Residents accused Levin of taking advantage of proposed BPDA rezoning for Washington Street to go for greater density without a corresponding greater increase in units for people being gentrified out of the neighborhood.
And with City Realty proposing its own multi-story project next door, residents said they were concerned about traffic on the narrow Green Street, no matter how many residents might walk to the nearby Orange Line station. One resident noted the city has already approved some 1,200 units along Washington Street between Forest Hills and Green Street