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Allandale Woods development draws lawsuit

Opponents of a controversial housing development in the Allandale Woods section of West Roxbury are suing the city to stop the project.

Neighbors of the 18-townhouse project along Allandale Road near the border of Jamaica Plain, backed by the Friends of Allandale Woods Coalition, filed a lawsuit against the City of Boston in Suffolk County Superior Court, saying the Zoning Board of Appeals wrongly approved dozens of zoning variances necessary for the proposed development.

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The developer, Dorchester-based Wonder Group, is planning to build 18 luxury townhouses on a mostly wooded two-acre parcel that is zoned to a handful of single-family homes. Critics said the Wonder Group submitted “not one scintilla of evidence” to prove the project faced the kind of hardships that would warrant the variances.

Boston officials declined to comment.

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Jacqueline Nunez of WonderGroup in a statement noted that projects “far more dense are being approved and built throughout Boston,” and said she would “continue to talk to the abutters regarding my approved project.”

Neighbors, concerned about the project’s impact on neighboring conservation land known as Allandale Woods, have loudly opposed the project for months, to no avail. Despite opposition from several City Council members, the development has strong support from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and easily won approval from both the Boston Planning & Development Agency and the ZBA.

Tim Logan can be reached at tim.logan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bytimlogan.
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