The Zoning Board of Appeals today rejected a proposal by the owners of what is now legally a two-family house at 133-135 Clement Ave., near Park Street, to turn their attic into a studio apartment.
The board rejected the proposal without prejudice, which means owners Patrick Ciapciak and Ashley Brede can file another request for approval - if they can somehow convince neighbors to back them.
At a board hearing this morning, Ciapciak said the attic was already being used as a living space when he and Brede bought the house in 2016.
But nearby residents said formally allowing a three-unit house in an area of one- and two-family houses would lead other residents to add additional units and that would mean "changing the fabric of our community," West Roxbury Neighborhood Council member Judy Settana said.
Another resident, who emphasized he has lived there "for nearly 80 years," warned, without providing any specific evidence, that the couple would sell off the house as three separate units and leave the neighborhood as soon as they finished their current studies, one at law school, one at dental school.
Other residents said Clement Avenue and Stratford Street are already overwhelmed with traffic from parishioners at three local churches, people using the Highland stop on the Needham Line and people picking up food at a food bank at one of the churches.
Ciapciak, however, said the house has a large enough driveway for three cars, so the extra unit would not exacerbate parking issues.