The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by the Pine Street Inn and the Community Builders to build apartments for Pine Street Inn clients and for low and moderate-income residents at 3368 Washington St. in Jamaica Plain, where Pine Street Inn now has a warehouse with some office space.
The only opposition came from the owner of a building across the street now leased to a brewery.
Pine Street Inn will get 140 units of "supportive housing" - studios of about 320 square feet for formerly homeless clients, along with office and meeting space for use by Pine Street counselors, who will work with both residents and other clients in the community. The building will have a number of community rooms and a deck, and residents will be encouraged to use them rather than simply staying in their apartments for prolonged periods.
The building will also have 62 other apartments, with 16 rented to people making no more than 30% of the Boston area median income, 8 to people making no more than 60% of that amount and 38 to people making no more than 80% of that number.
The building will have 38 parking spaces; 18 for Pine Street Inn counselors and workers. the rest for tenants.
The mayor's office and the offices of city councilors Matt O'Malley, Annissa Essaibi George and Michael Flaherty all supported the proposal - as did the owner of the neighboring BMS Paper.
But Cynthia Snow, a lawyer representing Monty Gold, who owns the building that houses Turtle Swamp Brewing across the street, said the proposal violates city zoning and urged the board to reject it.
Although Snow said "there no stated basis for the size of this construction," she said her client's main opposition is to the lack of visitor parking. She said this will force visitors to park on the street - creating unfair competition for Turtle Swamp's 21 employees, who already have to park in the street.
The board approved the project unanimously.
3368 Washington St. documents.