A developer's plans to rebuild the dowdy Algonquin Club at 217 Commonwealth Ave. as a place for rich millennials to unwind hit a snag recently when the Back Bay Architectural Commission ruled a proposed glass-enclosed roof deck just would not do.
The Boston Sun provides the blow by blow of the Sept. 12 commission hearing, at which members said they're not necessarily opposed to topping off the building with a roof deck, just not one wrapped in the glass panels Sandy Edgerley's architect proposed as a way to cut down on any offensive noise from the chattering classes who would congregate there.
Edgerley says the deck and other updates, which would include a fitness room, are vital to keep the club from dying out with its current membership, which has been declining for years. Her proposal, which also includes a valet to end double parking on Commonwealth Avenue, has mostly gathered support in the neighborhood, except for the roof deck.
The architect agreed to come back to the architectural commission with new plans to satisfy both the noise and esthetic concerns.
The zoning board approved the roof deck last month after Edgerly's attorney said she would agree to limit capacity of the 1,300-square-foot deck to 65 people, even though it could support 400, and to not allow live performances there. She also plans to install sound-monitoring equipment around the deck's edges so that parties that started veering towards excessive loudness could be told to pipe down.