The Hamilton Co. last night showed off plans for 114 apartment in three buildings - one of them an existing Victorian house - around its Brighton Avenue offices.
At a meeting of the Brighton Allston Improvement Association, Hamilton architect David Hacin said the company would tear down the existing AutoZone building at 45-55 Brighton Ave. and use existing parking lots for two new residential buildings with underground parking as part of its proposed Packard Crossing project. A Victorian at 75 Gardner St. would be restored and converted into handicap-accessible apartments.
Hamilton is proposing 223 parking spaces - 114 for residents of the market-rate units and the rest for use by the Hamilton Co. and the retail space proposed for the Brighton Avenue building.
The Gardner Street building would flow around a courtyard and Hacin proposed a new walkway between Brighton Avenue and Gardner. The five-story Brighton Avenue building would be set back five feet from the sidewalk, he said.
One resident, Paul Creighton, said he would oppose the project until Hamilton does something about what he called the dangerous, drug-infested eyesore where Marty's and then Kelly's used to be at Harvard and Commonwealth avenues. A Hamilton executive said any problems there should go away now that a new tenant is moving into the space.
Another resident objected to the inclusion of retail space in the Brighton Avenue building, saying the street already has enough retail locations and that "it's good for people to walk over to Harvard Avenue."