The Zoning Board of Appeal today granted permission to the owner of a Harvard Avenue apartment building to convert one of the area's ubiquitous basement real-estate offices into an apartment, but rejected his request to do the same thing to a laundromat on the other side of his building's main entrance.
The mayor's office and the office of City Councilor Liz Breadon both opposed owner Peter Nassif's plans for 223 Harvard Ave. near Brainerd Road after hearing from nearby tenants that they were concerned the loss of the laundromat would make it harder for them to keep their clothes clean. Nobody expressed any similar concerns about the increased difficulties of finding a place to look at apartment listings.
"It sounds like this is split the baby time," board Chairwoman Christine Araujo said as she called for a vote. The board then voted 5-2 to approve conversion of the real-estate office but reject conversion of the laundromat.