The Board of Appeals today approved a Dorchester developer's plans for three triple deckers on a ledgy outcropping across from the Burger King in Washington - provided he can work out a driveway issue with a neighbor for the 28-space parking lot he wants to build.
John Lydon wants to put his triple deckers - which would have nine total condos, each with three bedrooms - at 4623 Washington St., a site that has been vacant for decades and where neighbors beat an earlier proposal for a two-building complex some 17 years ago.
Lydon and city officials say he and neighbors reached agreement on the new proposal, which he said would be more in keeping with the triple deckers that already sit next door. And that includes building a lot for 28 cars - big enough to ensure nobody going to any of the buildings would ever suck up a valuable space on any of the surrounding streets.
But the LLC that owns a building on the other side of Schubert Street, a narrow private way, objected to his plans to eliminate existing curb cuts on Washington and Liszt streets and to funnel all the traffic to and from the lot via Schubert. In fact, the LLC's lawyer told the board, Lydon's "overloading" of the private way like that would be illegal and said Lydon should keep the other two curb cuts and use those instead.
Lydon said he really wishes the LLC had made its objection known before the very last of seven or eight community meeting stretching back to last year, because he eliminated the Liszt Street curb cut at the request of residents there.
The board approved the proposal 6-1 with the proviso that Lydon come back with a permanent solution to the Schubert issue.
Board member Anthony Pisani opposed the project. He did not state a reason, but his vote came after he asked Lydon if he were the same guy suing the board over a zoning issue involving a proposed new road behind Lydon's Dorchester home, which Lydon acknowledged he was.
Lydon said he expects to sell the units at between $500,000 and $600,000 apiece. Because of the ledge on the site, the buildings will not have basements; Lydon's architect said the development team is still deciding how best to remove enough ledge to put the buildings down on slabs.
Before Lydon had the lot's weeds whacked a couple weeks ago, it had become a place for turkeys to forage: