Framingham: Balconies planned for South Street apartments

Wicked Local Framingham | By Jim Haddadin
May 4, 2017

FRAMINGHAM — Hoping to make their design better fit the neighborhood, the team behind a new 16-unit apartment building downtown unveiled a new design Thursday that features juliette balconies along South Street.

Newton developer Charles Zammuto, Quincy architect Jim Chen and lawyer Terrence Morris appeared before the Planning Board for a second time to discuss their concept for a three-story apartment building at 68 South St.

Responding to critiques offered by the board last month, Morris said the plan was reworked to more closely follow Framingham’s zoning bylaws and better fit the neighborhood. It now offers more variation in color and detail, providing “visual interest” that makes it appear less “monotonous” relative to other buildings in the neighborhood, Morris said.

Plans for the $3.3 million project show the vacant office building on the lot will be demolished and replaced with a new structure on the corner of South and Taylor streets.

The corner of the woodframe building was bumped out in the latest design. Morris said the change is designed to accentuate its placement at the intersection of two streets. Plans also show a decorative fence along South Street, the most visible part of the property, as well as bay windows and balconies.

The balconies, a suggestion offered by the town’s development review team, help to “celebrate” the South Street facade and create a more “ceremonial” appearance at the entrance, Chen said. The bay windows also help to break the building into segments, making it appear less large, he said.

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