The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a 14-story, 180-unit residential building that would fill the last remaining space in the Ink Block complex in the South End, where the Boston Herald used to be.
The proposed building faced opposition from several owners of condos in the existing Siena building in the complex, who raised two objections: The new building was simply too tall and too dense and it would come with no parking.
In 2011, when developers were first looking at what to do with the Herald site, they initially proposed buildings of no more than five stories; nearby South End residents objected the proposal was too suburban and called for something better befitting an actual city block, which they got.
Marc LaCasse, attorney for developer National Development, said the new building, at 217 Albany St., was always intended to be taller than the other six buildings in the complex, in part to block both the rest of the Ink Block development and the nearby parts of the South End from the Expressway on the other side. LaCasse said the building would be comparable in height to several other new buildings in the Harrison/Albany corridor.
The building will have no parking spaces, but LaCasse said residents who insist on having cars could apply to rent a space in a nearby garage National Development owns.
The BPDA board approved the project earlier this month.
217 Albany St. filings.
H/t Jim W. for the headline.