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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