Developer Scott Johnson won approval from the Zoning Board of Appeal today to build a 23-condo building on what is now a parking lot in an industrial zone, at 121 Brookside Ave., near the Green Street T stop.
Two of the units will be duplexes marketed as affordable live/work spaces to artists. Two other units will be marketed as affordable for people who aren't artists. The proposed building will have 11 parking spaces.
Johnson had originally proposed a nine-unit building on the site, but nearby residents asked for a larger proposal to add more housing in general and affordable units in particular, his lawyer told the board today. He added that all prospective buyers would be required to sign condo docs specifying they are moving next to a factory, in an industrial zone.
The mayor's office supported the proposal.
But an attorney for Carlysle Engineering, 132 Brookside Ave., said his client is looking at a lawsuit to block the residential building, because, he said, no condo docs will stop residents from complaining to the city about the noise, and that the city would take the residents' side and possibly force the company to move from its home for more than 50 years.
He said the company has trucks that start running as early as 5 a.m. and that they are noisy, which is fine in an industrial zone.
"This noise is clearly going to affect these residents, they are going to complain," he said. "My client's business could very well be put in jeopardy."
"No matter what [new owners] sign, they are not going to like it," he said of the noise. He added the developer had failed to show the hardships required for the variances he sought.
The board voted 6-0 in favor.
121 Brookside Ave. documents filed with the BPDA.