The Board of Appeals today approved the gut rehab and expansion of a decaying triple decker at 187 London St., over the opposition of neighbors who include City Councilor Lydia Edwards.
Julius Sokol wants to add a fourth floor and a 20-foot long expansion to the rear of the building that would led him add a fourth unit and expand the size of the current units along with the gut rehab of what is now an uninhabited building.
Sokol had originally proposed an even longer rear addition that would have allowed him to create seven units.
Attorney Jeff Drago said that while some residents opposed the work, the two immediate abutters approved, and said that the building would still be some 51 1/2 feet away from the rear property line.
The mayor's office supported the proposal.
But City Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End), who is a neighbor, said that anybody supported the project was news to her. She said she and other neighbors opposed the work because of height and traffic concerns and because of the precedent it sets, that neighbors felt so strongly they are forming a new neighborhood assoction.
She said that since the building needs a complete re-do anyway, Sokol could have won permission to turn the basement into a living unit rather than adding an entire new floor.
The board, although not unanimously, approved the work.