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Chase wins approval to ease critical ATM shortage near Holy Name rotary in West Roxbury

ATMs along Centre Street

Chase shows how it will fill the ATM gap near Holy Name (note: Rockland ATM is now on other side of street).

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Chase Bank to add a drive-up ATM to the new bank branch it's building where the BP gas station used to be on Centre Street at Belgrade Avenue.

Chase already has a couple of ATMs on Centre, but they are further up the street, deep in the scrum of other bank ATMs, and are in a storefront, forcing customers to actually get out of their cars to use them.

At the hearing, a bank rep said that while the gas station itself is now gone, the bank will preserve the brick planter with the "Welcome to West Roxbury" sign at the corner. The bank's plans include irrigation for the plantings.

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Chase plot plan
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It's interesting that the new building is right on the street vs. set back with the parking, etc... in front of it. I assume the Carol White building a few doors down is next up for development.

Here in Roslindale, we have lost one of our two drive up ATMs. I wonder what will happen with the BOA building and more critically BOA parking lot? If I was a bank which closed that branch, I'd probably sell that lot and building to a developer. Loss of that lot would have a big impact on how people access the various businesses in the square as it's treated like a de factor public lot with easy access to Washington St.

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At least they did in June of 2022, according to Streetview

https://goo.gl/maps/dtGB9o1omdh7ctTr6

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You have to get out of your car to use it.

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But but but the parking...

How many banks on Centre St now? 11 - 12?

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Why drive through atm? This isn’t Norwood. This should have never gotten approved.

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Guess what? People still drive.

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In addition to the drive-up ATM, when are we going to get a drive-up automated pizza machine?

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Westie NIMBYs fight new housing and then are mad that everything ends up being a bank. Sad!

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This is how you "preserve the neighborhood character" in West Roxbury.

We need to see about blocking this five-story residence and replacing it with drive-through ATMs and free parking spaces.

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Double parking outside of Tres Amigos and blowing through crosswalks in your F250?

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If the bank lets people park there after hours, maybe some of the Uber Eats drivers will throw their car in there while they pick-up, instead of double-parking on Centre. (That's what happened during the couple of months where the gas station was gone and before they started working on the bank.)

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Ticketing those double-parked cars outside that Mexican joint would be like a temporary license to print money for the city until drivers got wise to it.

Shocking that the city won’t enforce, even with the constabulary so close near by.

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lol I've literally witnessed cops swerving into the left lane (unsignaled, by the way) to get around double parkers right there, before continuing on their merry way. there are zero fucks given about enforcement.

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Great. Maybe Rockland Trust will learn from them.

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They already have a drive-up ATM (and a drive-up teller, a large parking lot and that newly upgraded digital thermometer/time thing).

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They also allow patients at Bay State/Milton Chiro to park in their lot and use their guest wifi (when it works).

If anything, Rockland Trust should be the model when designing a drive up ATM

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Terrible. Stop encouraging motor vehicle traffic. We need less cars on the road. West Roxbury specifically needs a car diet.

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But what about those ever so compelling “No Road Diet” signs posted about? And what about the rights of pickup trucks to leave parking lots the wrong way and end up beached on the sidewalk?

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Banks are 100% the least valuable thing to go into the streetscape except from the perspective of the landlord. Nothing interesting, mostly empty, closes early, yuck, yuck, yuck, we don't need any more. The city should require Chase to close their other ones along this street if they're going to let them build out here. Fuck, an actual parking lot would be more useful than a BANK, at least people would then park and get out of their cars and interact with the community in some remote fashion. Jesus Christ, another goddamn bank. This neighborhood really just does not give a fuck about anything. It's gotten so bad, I was EMBARRASSED how happy I was about the Planet Fitness moving into the Boomerangs (RIP) because yes it's a corporate shill but at least it's a THING that people GO TO and provides an actual service that isn't "hey remember us?? next time you log on to do all your banking because this is 2022, consider our website" and once in a decade provide notary services for their customers only. A BANK. Another REALTOR office would be preferable to a BANK. Ugh.

And before the comments about "well it's suburbia what do you expect" come rolling in, the actual suburbs have commercial real estate prices at a point where they actually do have interesting stuff. Wealthy women who have nothing else to do with their time open weird little boutiques and you get odd hobby shops that are destinations for the greater Boston area's need for, like, Bookbinding Supplies and people open restaurants because they can get liquor licenses to make the economics of a restaurant actually fucking work. Westie is dealing with the worst of all worlds here where it's too expensive and conservative to do anything weird and interesting but it's too urban and cityish to build a Target or a Michaels or something that's boring but at least goddamn useful. And obviously, of course, we cannot, under any circumstances, no way, build housing. That's a four-letter word around here, don't even mention it.

A BANK. GREAT.

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