The Board of Appeals yesterday rejected a request from the owner of a Milton Avenue to legalize the way a previous owner enclosed its porches without a permit some 20 years ago, after neighbors objected to the way he was trying to sell the property to a non-profit group that helps house homeless families.
Owner Kelvin Sanders told the board he needs its approval for the work so that he can sell the building at 96 Milton Ave., at the corner of Stockton Street, to FamilyAid Boston.
But residents say the building is an eyesore and that Sanders shouldn't be allowed to capitalize on the previous owner's mistake - and, in fact, he should be required to re-open the porches, they said. They also questioned why, in the current real-estate market, where properties routinely get sold with the buyers assuming all risks, Sanders was asking for the legalization.
The mayor's office and the offices of city councilors Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi George joined neighbors in opposing the request.
After the vote, board Chairwoman Christine Araujo told Sanders he really needs to talk to the neighbors, after which, she said, he could come back with a different proposal for the building.