Dorchester Reporter | By Jennifer Smith
May 11, 2017
Developer James Baker is expanding the scope of his proposed local market project on the corner of Savin Hill Avenue and Sydney Street to include more parking and 15 condominiums in a separate building, he told members of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association at their planning meeting Tuesday night.
The long-empty corner property— once a busy variety store— will get a second chance as a neighborhood market, Baker says. Its design has not been altered much from the version pitched to the civic group in March, a staggered three-story structure that would house a first-floor market and two floors of retail space above. That plan was met with general support from members of the planning committee.
Baker purchased the property at 102-110 Savin Hill Ave. last July for $850,000 from longtime owner Anthony Desmond. He then closed on the abutting 10 Sydney St. in April for $1.1 million. He announced at the meeting that neighboring 14 Sydney St. recently came under agreement.
With the addition of the third parcel, Baker’s LLC controls the abandoned corner store, the three-decker, and a single family home, all abutting the Cristo Rey High School on Savin Hill Avenue.
The project is growing to include a residential component on the two Sydney Street lots, Baker said. At this early stage, Baker is pitching a 15-unit, three-story apartment building along Sydney Street, leaving room for 10 parking spaces behind the structure. Another two spaces would be allocated for retail only, he said.