The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a proposed six-unit condo building on Everett Street in Jamaica Plain as too dense for a neighborhood zoned for no more than three-unit buildings.
The board's rejection of developer Eric DiNicola's Queen Anne-style proposal for 12 Everett St. was "without prejudice," which means he can submit new, smaller plans for the site within a year.
His attorney, Mike Ross, said DiNicola could probably build three, $2-million units without needing zoning-board approval on the "porkchop" lot that has relatively narrow frontage on Everett but which opens up into a larger space along the Southwest Corridor near the Green Street Orange Line station.
Even though she agreed the proposal was too large, board Chairwoman Christine Araujo cut off a resident of 16 Everett St. who was trying to raise similar concerns - as well as stating DiNicola had failed to prove any hardship - because that relatively new building went up only with similar variances. The resident said she was not around when her building won its variances.
Another resident of Everett Street, but in a different building, said he supported 16 Everett because it included construction of eight affordable units on another lot down the street, but that the 12 Everett St. proposal had no such affordable component.
Another Everett Street resident did support DiNicola's proposal, saying it would help bring back the sort of density the neighborhood needs to thrive.