The Board of Appeals yesterday approved Patrick O'Sullivan's plans to replace a single-family home at 9 Glencoe St., off North Beacon Street and near Market Street, with a building with seven three-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units.
The lot sits kitty-corner from an existing multi-family building in a part of the city growing rapidly thanks in part to the New Balance development along Guest Street.
Among the reasons the project needed a zoning variance - in addition to the fact the lot is not zoned for multi-famiy use - was that it didn't have enough open space and had too much of the lot dedicated to an "accessory" use - parking. O'Sullivan's attorney, George Morancy, said that's because O'Sullivan agreed to a neighborhood request to provide 18 parking spaces - two per unit - and that providing that much parking meant making a trade-off with the open-space requirement.
The proposal was backed by the mayor's office, City Councilors Mark Ciommo and Annissa Essaibi George and the Brighton Allston Improvement Association. Only the BPDA spoke against the proposal, because of the dearth of provided green space.
Because the project has under 10 units, it does not fall under the city's affordable-housing requirements.