The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a developer's proposal to replace a laundromat at 16 Taber St. at Harrison Avenue with a six-story condo building.
Klaus Kimel's $11.3-million proposal for 16 Taber St. also calls for ground-floor retail space and a garage with space for five cars in the proposed building, located about a block from the Nubian Square bus station.
Kimel's attorney, Patrick Mahoney, said people are willing to live in a building without a car when it's within an easy walk of a major transit hub. He said that of the roughly 40 condos sold so far at the neighboring 10 Taber St., which Kimel also built, only four have been bought by people with cars. He added that there is plenty of on-street and lot parking nearby.
Board Chairwoman Christine Araujo voted for the project, but said she is concerned that Nubian Square is seeing a lot of development, with projects all saying they don't need anywhere near the parking required by zoning and that at some point, the area might be overwhelmed with cars and no place to put them - which she said would be an issue not just for residents, but for businesses that rely on parking turnover for their customers. A BPDA representative said he did not come to the meeting expecting to be asked somebody like that, but promised to get an answer on whether the BPDA, which is in charge of overall planning in the city, is looking at the issue for a future meeting.
City Councilor Tania Fernandes Anderson supported the proposal. Nobody spoke against.
16 Taber St. filings.