So remember that public meeting way back in August about the Oak Street property near the Boatworks project? Well the developer, City Ventures, has finally put something forward to the Planning Board and it looks a little different than what they were proposing in August. As a reminder, here’s the site:
And here is the old plan, mostly straight residential and a few token live/work units (6 to be exact):
Now, they have a BRAND NEW PLAN! the site plan looks like this now:
Which now has a commercial building (the big yellow one) anchoring the “entrance” to the development which provides a transition between the totally commercial usage next door and the change to residential within that little development. Instead of 6 live/work spaces they are offering 10 additional commercial units (the scattered yellow) which would be standalone commercial spaces — it doesn’t say if they will be for sale or for rent, but around 560 square feet per unit, the emphasis is on small. The idea, according to the staff report, is to provide incubation space for small start ups. It’s still mostly residential but there is a much better attempt here at making a mix of uses.
Just to note, with the old plan the neighbor adjacent (a commercial business) objected to the rezoning of the parcel. I don’t know if the neighbors just likes this plan better or discussions with the developer proved to be very convincing, but that neighbor has now sent out a letter of support for the new design.
The Planning Board will be deciding whether the rezoning of this property is in line with City policies and whether the staff should move forward. This will not be an approval of the plan itself, just about if this is generally the right direction.