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Board that rejected expansion of two-family house in South Boston into five units approves expansion of two-family house in Brighton into five units

77 Bigelow rendering

Rendering by O'Sullivan Architects.

Location, location, location: A couple hours after rejecting plans by one property owner to turn a two-family home on East 5th Street in South Boston into a five-unit condo building after nearby residents and the district city councilor strongly objected, the Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved plans by another property owner for a similar conversion on Bigelow Street in Brighton that was supported by the district city councilor.

The Boustris family, which bought 77 Bigelow St. in 2020, won approval for rear and side extensions to create a five-apartment building with five parking spaces on a 14,000-square-foot lot in a hearing that went as smoothly and as quickly as the earlier hearing on the South Boston proposal did not.

Among its supporters was City Councilor Liz Breadon, who, through an aide, said she particularly appreciated how the Boustris plan retained the original house, built in the 1800s and added onto that rather than razing it.

One Bigelow Street resident did oppose the proposal, saying it would add to parking issues on the street, and detract from neighbors' quality of life through extra noise and lack of privacy - in large part through all the proposed windows on the building and mean decreased light. She also expressed concern about the fate of a mature tree near the proposed driveway. A resident around the corner on Hardwick Street added the new units would mean extra traffic on the narrow Bigelow Street and would contribute to "a lack of green spaces places for some of the wild animasl now running around our neighborhood to take refuge."

The board then voted unanimously to grant the project the variances needed for being taller and having less parking than required by the lots zoning.

Watch the hearing:

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2 dissimilar projects, lots, zoning and sections of the City. Fake news.

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used to live next door. I wonder if this pushes through if he's still there?

i think it’s cool compared to all the same old cookie cutter stuff they’ve been building in brighton.


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Parking seems more ample here than on my street in Brighton.


Its a damn shame people are allowed to straight up lie in these public hearings, glad the project was approved.

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Lives on Bigelow.

Reasonable street parking is never an issue.

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Looks like it's made of legos.

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It looks like the whole house is made of Lego’s.

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Everybody loves LEGO.

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Had to be said.

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It's sad that neighbors always seem to say more density will hurt their quality of life. Have they never considered that it might enhance it, by providing new friends and people from whom to borrow a snowblower? New children, with whom their own children can play? Somebody to watch for package deliveries while they're out of town? I happen to like my neighbors.

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I live in a extremely densely populated neighborhood and love it, despite some of the drawbacks and health hazards. But the infrastructure can’t support any more crowding.
I’ve lived in various neighborhoods of all types. It’s long past time some other parts of Boston took on responsibility for housing. Especially affordable and low income housing. Which many of those neighborhoods lost due to gentrification and greed.

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Is there any transparent data showing increased room housing? If not, then there should be. Can a homeowner collect rent and get real estate tax breaks if their migrant relatives are now staying in their spare bedrooom or basement or attic?

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… in the city of Boston. But, of course, many are not. Boston lost a lot of them because of gentrification and eviction for profit.

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