Developer now vows to limit undergrads

Seeks new city OK for Brighton units

Boston Herald | By Donna Goodison
December 17, 2016

eden-propA Cambridge developer is taking a unique public stance to curry favor with a city board in an effort to win a slew of zoning variances for a proposed 129-unit apartment building in Brighton.

Eden Properties is vowing not to market the “workforce housing” to undergraduate college students or lease more than a third of the units to them.

The offer is included in Eden’s third iteration of the 89 Brighton Ave. project that includes 7,500 square feet of retail space on parcels in three-family residential and neighborhood business zoning sub-districts.

“Our notice of project change does respond to issues and concerns raised as part of the (Zoning Board of Appeal) process,” Eden spokeswoman Diana Pisciotta said.

Eden’s previous proposal won Boston Planning & Development Agency approval, but the ZBA in May denied needed variances in the face of support from neighborhood groups and elected city officials including Mayor Martin J. Walsh. That hearing focused solely on questions from ZBA chairwoman Christine Araujo on how Eden would prevent the development from becoming student housing. Eden responded it would market the units to working professionals.

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