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Developer wants to replace 'distressed' garage on East 2nd St. in South Boston with a five-story condo building

Architect's rendering of proposed 515-519 East 2nd St. building

Rendering by O'Sullivan Architects.

Kems Corp. of Lynnfield has filed plans with the BPDA to replace a trolleybus and auto-repair garage at 515-519 East 2nd St. in South Boston with a $10-million, 30-unit condo building - with 35 parking spaces.

In a filing with the BPDA today, Kems, which is already building an 18-unit condo building at 545 East 2nd, says its proposal would "revitalize the Project Site with a new multi‐family home ownership development that better conforms to the character and needs of the surrounding community." All the units would have "open concept living space."

Four of the units would be sold as affordable. Twelve of the units would be one-bedroom units, twelve more would have two bedrooms and six would have three bedrooms. Units on the top floor would have individual roof decks.

In addition to the BPDA, the Zoning Board of Appeal would also have to approve the project.

515-519 East 2nd St. small-project review application (9M PDF).

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Honestly I thought they'd make something that looks more like a conch shell. instead: more of the bland bullshit you've been slavishly begging for. I'm not sure who 'you' is but I'm sure there are a few of you out there.

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Yeah man, it's a damn shame they can't just build everything to look like the same cookie cutter three decker designs from the early 20th century that's already in the neighborhood.

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If you build parking, people will bring cars. This generally seems like a good project and I understand that 35 spaces is already less than what would be required under current zoning, but it still seems like a lot with the city's current climate goals.

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Does South Boston zoning really require more than 1 parking space per unit?

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