Allston apartment building goes back to drawing board
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Developers of a contested Allston apartment building are going back to the drawing board after a key city zoning panel shot down their project for the second time in a month.
The Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday refused to reconsider its vote to reject a 130-unit building at 89 Brighton Ave., which it made amid concerns from some neighbors about parking and traffic and opposition from labor unions.
Developers at Eden Properties had asked the board to reconsider its denial – which was rare for a project of this size, especially one with approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority and support from Mayor Martin J. Walsh. A attorney for the developer argued the series of votes taken at last month's meeting was unclear, an argument several ZBA members agreed with.
But most of the seven-member board said re-opening the project without any substantial changes would set a bad precedent.
"I see no benefit to reconsidering," board member Anthony Pisani said Tuesday. "The decision of the board is what it is."
In a statement, Eden said it is "enormously disappointed" by the decision and noted they've already spent two years modifying the plan to address community feedback and have support from many neighborhood groups. But they pledged to study ways to change the project more to meet the ZBA's concerns, and then re-file new plans.
"Our hope is to better understand what concerns the ZBA may have had that fall under their purview and address those issues going forward," Eden said in a statement.