Savin Hill leaders weigh impacts of multiple projects on neighborhood

Dorchester Reporter | By Jennifer Smith
January 12, 2017

The Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association this week considered a number of small development proposals and began to tackle in earnest how best to leverage the existing Columbia Point Master Plan in the face of major developments on the peninsula.

Developers downsized their scale and unit count for a housing project on the Scally & Trayers Funeral Home, which continues to operate at the corner of Pleasant and Pearl Streets. At earlier meetings, civic members were complimentary of the Second Empire design and mansard roofs, but raised the issue of density in an area primarily filled with classic three-deckers and multi-family homes.

Giuseppe Arcari, a stakeholder in the popular Tavern in the Square restaurant group, bought the 14,688-square foot parcel in July for $1.6 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds.

Arcari told the planning committee on Tuesday that the number of apartments was reduced from 21 units to 17, and 22 parking spaces will be moved underground with a garage entrance off of Pleasant Street.

The architects significantly modified the project footprint, bringing the building height down from 50 to 34 feet and pushing the structure 15 feet back from the curb to leave room for decorative fencing and green space.

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