The Board of Appeals today unanimously approved Richard Olstein's plans to put up 60 apartments in two buildings on his land diagonally behind Savers on VFW Parkway- with access through an existing curb cut on the parkway.
Olstein had originally planned 156 units and a new access road on Baker Street, but agreed to reduce the number of units and not put in any access via Baker Street after meetings with residents and city officials. Residents will have access to 90 parking spaces - the minimum required under zoning for that area.
An office building on the parcel that houses a day care will remain in place.
The BPDA board approved the project last fall.
The mayor's office supported the project. One resident spoke in opposition, warning of traffic issues on nearby streets and saying the complex would not really fit in with the existing single-family homes nearby. An aide to City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) also raised traffic concerns. In response, the board voted to approve on the condition Olstein meet with neighbors again to try to iron out the traffic concerns.
BPDA filing (8.4M PDF).