The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved 247 apartments in two buildings - with a common base - on Sprague Street just south of the Readville train station.
Developer Jordan Warshaw's plans call for 251 parking spaces. The proposal also calls for a coffeehouse and a sports bar, but Warshaw's attorney, John Pulgini, said Warshaw would seek board approval for those later, after he finds operators for the two spaces.
At seven stories, the buildings would be among the tallest in the area, but Pulgini said that much of the structures would not be visible from the street because the land is down a steep hill from Sprague Street.
Board Chairwoman Christine Araujo expressed some skepticism about the number of parking spaces - Hyde Park zoning would have required more than 500 spaces.
"This is not easily accessible by public transportation," she said, echoing skepticism by some in the neighborhood that Readville is hardly an adequate public-transit station.
Pulgini, however, noted that just yesterday, the state said it would add a total of eight new weekday trains on the Fairmount Line, which, despite its name, begins and ends at Readville, and that while "that won't be quite rapid transit," it's better than what Hyde Park is used to on the line.
Warshaw had originally proposed four buildings with 521 units - and a tower that would have read "READVILLE" in large letters.
A neighborhood liaison from the mayor's office and two residents supported the proposal. Nobody rose to object at the hearing.
The BPDA approved the current proposal last fall.
36-40 Sprague St. documents.