Article from the Eastern Boston Times, by Times Staff
The Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) voted 18 to 3 in favor of a complete historical rehab and condo project at the former DeAngelis Bakery building on the corner of Maverick and Orleans Streets.
Developers of the project at 173-177 Maverick MG2 will consolidate three buildings and create nine condo units and a commercial restaurant space on the ground floor.
“Currently there are six units in the three buildings,” said MG2’s Attorney Richard Lynds. “While we will be going from six units to nine units we will be reducing the current bedroom count from 18 bedroom to 14 bedrooms.”
The project will be a mix of studio, one and two bedroom units.
The proposed project will also add a fourth floor to the building that will be set back and make use of more modern materials.
“This will be a complete historic rehab of the current buildings,” said Lynds. “The finished project fits very well with the style and architecture of the surrounding area.”
Lynds said MG2 is currently in negotiations with a local restaurant to occupy the 2,250 sq. ft. commercial space on the ground floor. While he would not name the restaurant Lynds said it was an Eastie based business that was looking to expand and thought the space would be a perfect fit for them and the area.
Even the most ardent anti-development members of the GSCA applauded the project.
“I think this is the first time I’ve ever agreed with you,” said one member to Attorney Lynds to an outburst of laughter from the audience. “I’m really happy with this project. You’re keeping the old building intact and I just love the fact you are going to renovate that beautiful corner building.”
MG2 will now head to the Zoning Board of Appeals next month or in May at the latest and will seek zoning relief for use, rear yard, floor area ratio, height, open space and parking.
Lynds said if MG2 is successful in receiving zoning approval construction on the project should begin this summer and take about 10 months to complete.