The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a proposal for 70 apartments and 18 town-home condos between Gardner Street and Charles Park Road - which includes weekday shuttle-bus service to the West Roxbury commuter-rail station on Lagrange Street.
West Roxbury developer Peter Davos's new buildings would go behind the recently opened 80-unit Oak Row Apartments he built on VFW Parkway, next to the Home Depot parking lot, where the IHOP used to be. Some "non-descript" residential and industrial buildings will be razed.
The apartments, which would include a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units, would sit on the Home Depot side of Gardner Street, in a four-story building with 70 parking spaces. The condos would be in two nine-unit buildings between the other side of Gardner and Charles Park Road, separated by a landscaped courtyard. Each of the condos would have a driveway with space for two cars.
Nine of the apartments will be rented as affordable; two of the condos will be sold that way.
Davos's attorney, Joseph Hanley, said the new units would provide "much needed residential housing at this transitional edge section of the neighborhood," which now contains a mix of large-scale retail use, single-family homes, industrial buidlings and office buildings - one of which houses the headquarters of Pizzeria Uno, surrounded by Millennium Park and a large marshy area off the Charles River.
Aides to Mayor Walsh and city councilors Matt O'Malley and Annissa Essaibi-George spoke in favor of the proposal, although both O'Malley and Essaibi-George say they hope Davos can take steps to make the buildings more energy efficient during required final design review with BPDA planners.
The BPDA board approved the project in October.
Pink shows the 1.4 acres Davos will use: