Zoning board OKs replacing closed JP restaurant with condos

The Zoning Board of Appeals this morning approved a proposal to replace the shuttered James's Gate at McBride and South streets with an 11-condo building.

Two of the units in developer Stephen Ballas's building will be marketed as "affordable" - to people making up to 80% of the area median income. One unit will have three bedrooms, the rest one or two. The first floor will be a commercial unit; the building will have 12 parking spaces.

Mayor Walsh and City Councilor Matt O'Malley supported the project. Two neighbors spoke in opposition, saying the building was too tall and too dense for an already dense neighborhood on a busy commercial street. One said today's hearing was the first time she had heard about plans for four roof decks on the building, which will rise 51 feet - although part of that is a decorative cornice.

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Refresh my memory

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Was this the Gate owners cashing out when they could or was this the restaurant failing then the land getting developed or was this the land owner putting the restaurant out of business to develop the land?

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Headline changed

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I've now heard three different stories as to why the restaurant closed. Since only one involves failure and since I don't know which one is true (and to be honest, don't care), I've rewritten the headline to read "closed," which is an adjective that would apply to any conceivable account of why the restaurant is, in fact, no longer open.

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Slightly related

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Has there been any movement on the former James' Gate owners opening their new place in Egleston Square? Last I heard they were targeting a Winter of '16-'17 opening, but I haven't seen anything about them going in front of the licensing board, or acquiring the license from the previous occupants.

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Yes, there's plenty of

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Yes, there's plenty of reasonable reasons for opposition to developments that have too much density on smaller plots of land.

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