Mixed-use development proposed for Summer Street

Wicked Local | By Bram Berkowitz
December 28, 2016

A new year is approaching and mixed-use is in the air.

Arlington-based residential and commercial landlord Campobasso Properties has filed an application seeking a special permit for a three-story, mixed-use building at 483 Summer St.

The proposal is to knock down the vacant, two-bay garage currently on site and replace it with a building that consists of 4,000 gross square feet of commercial space and more than 7,000 square feet of residential units

The first floor of the building would consist of space for four retail tenants and one office space that would be utilized by Campobasso Properties. The remaining floors will be used for seven two-bedroom rental units.

“We’ve been in the town for a really long time and we take pride in the products we offer and develop,” Cynthia Campobasso, trustee and Vice President of Campobasso Properties, told the Advocate. “We love the plans and we think it’s going to create a beautiful building…;to replace the dilapidated eye sore currently at 483 [Summer St.]”

The architect for the project is another longtime Arlington business, A.R. Ronayne & Sons, and Campobasso also said the project plans to use as many Arlington vendors as possible in the development process.
The proposed building would share the current dumpster and driveway at 489 Summer Street, the apartment building directly adjacent to 483 Summer St. which Campobasso Properties also owns.

Campobasso said the residential units would be spacious, offer lots of natural sunlight and sizeable closet space.

Parking will be provided at the rear of the building, with two additional parking spaces located at the right side of the building.

All mixed-use projects must obtain a special permit from the Arlington Redevelopment Board, Campobasso Properties is also seeking relief from the town’s minimum parking requirements, in line with updates to the zoning code approved by Town Meeting in April 2015.

According to the project application, Campobasso has proposed having nine parking spaces on site when the minimum required per the town’s bylaws is 19.

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