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Artists to tear down their tiny Brighton studio and replace it with a six-unit residential building with more artist space

Rendering of proposed Corey Road building and present structure

Rendering of new building by SLS Architecture and photo of current garage turned studio next to the Brookliner.

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved plans by two artists to replace their small cinderblock garage turned studio at 171 Corey Rd., near Washington Street in Brighton, into a five-story building with two floors of artist space and three floors with a total of six residential units.

Nicholas Corsano and Nathaniel Hansen's proposal, also calls for a publicly accessible garden in the rear space. The front would have two parking spaces for use by visitors by day and residents by night. The roof would be topped with solar panels.

Under their plans, the first two floors would be artist studio and gallery space; the remaining floors would have residential units - aimed at artists.

"Their dream was to make this somewhere that artists could live and work and could contribute to a robust artist community," their attorney, Cameron Merrill, told the board.

At the request of the BPDA, designer Rafi Segal included a setback on the fourth and fifth floors to match the new Brookliner luxury-apartment building at Corey and Washington. Segal said this and smaller, lower setbacks, would allow for creation of a "green facade" featuring plantings.

The two needed board approval because the lot's default zoning does not allow mixing artist studios with residential space, because the open space and parking is less than required for a six-unit building and because it was taller than the zoning allowed.

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It's impossible to buy gas anymore. It used to be easy: head down to the corner, and get gas. But now you can't. Now if you want to go somewhere, you have to do it on foot, trying not to get hit by the lack of vehicles pulling in and out of the no-longer-a-gas-station. Now you might bump into a neighbor living in that new building, rather than be able to anonymously go about your business as people pulled in and out of the gas station. The little guy, who just wants to drive around the city and have cheap gas on every corner, is getting driven out. They've done it to Brookline and Brighton, and now look what's happening, historic cinderblock garages used as artists studios are being redeveloped into housing which still has artists studios. They've already ruined Brighton and Brookline, just wait, JP is next. After they redevelop Hatoff's who will speak when they come for the historic, corrugated steel garage across the street? Imagine the neighborhood without this historic character. I, for one, have had enough. The only people who should be allowed to live here are people who bought their houses decades ago. The new people should all have to move away. I want to be able to drive my car around the city at whatever speed I want and not have to deal with pedestrians or, god forbid, bicyclists, and then when I run out of gas I want a gas station on every corner. It's the American dream, after all.

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ChatGPT is getting really realistic these days

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Um, is this sarcasm, or are you serious (i.e. an asshole)? I can't tell for sure.

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and not enough parking. I don’t live nearby so my thoughts don’t matter, but just my opinion.

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Too expensive, shadows, and yuppies.

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is for some reason trying to divert from the main problem: rent is too goddamn high. Anyone who could afford to live as an "artist" in this investment dream is already well-healed. BTW, that's what people really bitch about, Ari: rent.

Nobody but a very small demented minority gives a shit about cars, but that's grist for your conscious or unconscious ploy/diversion.

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One of the reasons this project needs approval from the zoning commission?

the [...] parking is less than required for a six-unit building

Hmm, it's almost as though the obsession with cars is impacting our ability to build more housing, and thus lower rent, huh?

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Read the article:

Under their plans, the first two floors would be artist studio and gallery space; the remaining floors would have residential units - aimed at artists.

The idea is to replace a small artists' space with a larger (but still fairly small) artists' space, that includes places for said artists to live. Sounds like a wonderful idea.

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Ari just laid the sarcasm on a little strong

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For that matter, have you ever read anything Ari has written? The comment was clearly satirical.

What a great demonstration of Poe's Law.

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I suppose if I'd noted who wrote it I would have been more skeptical, but a /s would have been helpful. Plus me not being sleep-deprived.

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Curious what’s going in the huge empty lot next door, where there was a fire a year ago or so.

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