McCormack Civic members vote to support Mass Ave. project

Dorchester Reporter | By Maddie Kilgannon
October 20, 2016

The membership voted in favor of George’s 1258-1272 Massachusetts Ave. proposal with a 23 to 12 vote. The project includes the demolition of the existing used car lot in order to build a six-story structure including combination of rental units and commercial space.

At last month’s meeting, the plan was presented as a two-building structure because, at the time, George did not foresee being able to complete the entire project at once. That plan has now been changed, George said, and the 40 residential units will now be in one building and done in one phase as a complete project.

Rent in the building will likely be around $1,200 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, and $2,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, George said.

The plan still allows for 1,500 square feet of ground floor retail space. Although there has not been any official application for a restaurant in the project, George said that he has talked to Penguin Pizza as a possible vendor. George conceded that the space could be viable with a number of different businesses, although he stressed that he wanted the space to be a more social spot as opposed to a bank or a laundromat.

Members at the meeting voiced their concern regarding the number of parking spaces allotted for the project — 37 off-street spaces for a potentially 50-bedroom building, noting that parking in the neighborhood is already scarce.

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