The Zoning Board of Appeal this week approved a plan by the owner of a parking lot on Cambridge Street in Charlestown to tear down a warehouse and create an expanded lot able to hold up to 431 cars of workers for a nearby employee.
The Owens family used to lease the lot to BPS, which stored about 100 buses there, but BPS moved the buses to other yards in Dorchester and Readville in June.
At a zoning-board hearing on Tuesday, the family's attorney, Stephen Miller, said the newly expanded lot would be used solely for parking by employees of particular employer. He declined to name the company or institution, except to say "it's one that doesn't own a business in Everett" - he was betting the board would understand which large employer there he meant.
The expanded lot will have new fencing, greenscaping and striping put in, he said, adding it will also be serviced by shuttle buses running between the lot and the leasing company's property.
Although the lot would not normally be open to the public, Miller said the Owenses would open it at night during snow emergencies as a place for local residents to park.
He added the Owenses no longer have any plans to erect a large billboard on the property.
The mayor's office and aides to City Councilor Lydia Edwards and state Rep. Dan Ryan supported the proposal. Nobody spoke against it.