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Apartment building approved on Hyde Park Avenue in Hyde Park

Rendering of proposed Hyde Park Avenue building

Rendering by Context Workshop.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a four-story, 34-unit apartment building on Hyde Park Avenue at American Legion Highway.

The proposal by Whiteacre Properties of Framingham calls for 19 parking spaces.

The building would replace two single-family houses.

The board agreed to that lot, shaped like a pork chop, or in the more modern parlance preferred by the developer's attorney, a Tetris piece, warranted variances for such things as frontage and building height.

Some residents said they opposed the proposal both because they said it was out of scale with other buildings and because the area is relatively poorly served by the 32 and 14 buses and so there wasn't enough parking provided. Others, however, said the 32 was fine.

The board approved the proposal subject to review by BPDA designers. Board Chairwoman Christine Araujo said she hoped the BPDA could get the developer to change the current design to something that "really complements the neighborhood," rather than "a standard block just dropped into the community."

804 Hyde Park Ave. BPDA filings.

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Really unique design.

Is the ZBA just throwing darts? Enough parking here, not enough there.

We need zoning reform desperately, because these clowns inspire exactly zero confidence.

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And the area is quiet enough that those who don't have spaces off street can park on Hyde Park Avenue. Or they could remove the bike lane on American Legion. In short, there are options.

Build everything , everywhere , but keep Allston shitty !

34 Units,19 parking spots. Makes sense.

It should have zero. This is a city. Well, I guess as a new building, it should probably have two spots requiring an accessibility placard.