The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved landlord Anwar Faisal's plans for a 38-unit condo building at 14 Gardner St. - but only after seeking assurances he would really sell all the units as condos this time.
The board voted after an aide to City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) urged the board to reject the proposal because of the repeated building and building-code violations found at the buildings run by his Alpha Management - and what she said was his predilection to win approval for condo buildings, then hold onto some of the units as rentals.
Breadon's aide, Moira McGrave, said Alpha has racked up 50 violations just this year in his Allston and Brighton rental properties and roughly 675 violations over the past decade.
"The proponent has consistently failed to provide adequate and safe housing to Allston/Brighton residents," she said.
The Allston Civic Association voted in favor of the proposal, which includes 8 affordable units - more than required by the city - and 20 parking spaces.
But association President Anthony D'Isidoro told the board the group did so only after hearing that Faisal would sell all the units, because the last thing members want is another Alpha rental property.
"It's extremely important that condo docs be filed as soon as building is fully constructed," he said, adding the group also wants the units put up for sale "on the public market," rather than simply sold to anybody associated with Alpha.
14 Gardner St. filings.
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