The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a developer's plan to replace a house-like apartment building on Taft Hill Terrace in Roslindale with a four-story, 16-unit condo building - across the municipal parking lot from a recently completed 19-unit condo development.
Board Chairwoman Christine Araujo voted for the variances needed for the proposal, but used it to issue a request to other potential Roslindale developers: Don't propose things that so out of character with the rest of the neighborhood.
Araujo, herself a Roslindale resident, said she was particularly concerned by a rendering showing the building from Basile Street on the other side of Adams Park: "It looks like it could very well be South Boston or Dorchester or anywhere in the universe," rather than something that fits in with Roslindale's existing aesthetic, she said. "It just looks out of context."
The proposed view from Basile Street:
Developer Eoin Barry's $4.5-million building, next to the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center, would have 11 two-bedroom units, 3 one-bedroom units and 2 three-bedroom units. Two of the condos would be sold as affordable; three units would have private roof decks. Barry would provide spaces for 14 cars - and 16 bicycles.
The offices of the mayor and City Councilor Tim McCarthy supported the proposal, as did Adam Rogoff of WalkUp Roslindale, who said the group is in favor of proposals, such as this one, which increase the population and walkability of Roslindale Square.
Nobody spoke against the proposal.
The BPDA board approved the project in September.
11 Taft Hill Terrace small-project review application (16.8M PDF).