The Zoning Board of Appeals this morning approved a proposal to replace the shuttered James's Gate at McBride and South streets with an 11-condo building.
Two of the units in developer Stephen Ballas's building will be marketed as "affordable" - to people making up to 80% of the area median income. One unit will have three bedrooms, the rest one or two. The first floor will be a commercial unit; the building will have 12 parking spaces.
Mayor Walsh and City Councilor Matt O'Malley supported the project. Two neighbors spoke in opposition, saying the building was too tall and too dense for an already dense neighborhood on a busy commercial street. One said today's hearing was the first time she had heard about plans for four roof decks on the building, which will rise 51 feet - although part of that is a decorative cornice.