The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a five-story building with 14 studio apartments on a lot that ends at a wall for the Fields Corner Red Line stop in Dorchester.
The project needed variance for, among other things, not having any parking spaces. Develop Hiep Chu said the vacant lot at 22 Freeman St., where a house burned down in the 1980s, isn't big enough - roughly 40 feet by 80 feet - to support both parking and 15 new apartments, even small ones.
Board members, however, said that was fine in this case. "I think the density feels right," board member Hansy Better Barraza said. "It's right next to a train station."
The lot sits on a seven-foot rise, so its ground level would actually be built more as a basement, with spaces for 15 bicycles and a lift to get people with mobility issues up to the first floor for access to the units, architect Jennifer Ha said.
The units would range in size from 378 to 398 square feet. Two of the units will be rented to people making no more than 70% of the Boston area median income.
Nobody spoke against the proposal.