The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved developer Jeffrey Feuerman's plans for a 61-unit apartment building on Soldiers Field Place, a dead end off Soldiers Field Road that is transforming from a warren of small nondescript office buildings into a residential area.
Feuerman's six-story Sigmund will fit between two other apartment buildings approved in recent years by the board. The developer of one of them sued after the board granted the developer of the other the same variances it had gotten, but it agreed to drop the suit this past spring.
However, the court-going developer filed an objection with the board over Feuerman's proposal, citing parking issues on the tiny street, where Feuerman's tenants would enter a garage with 49 spaces.
At a hearing yesterday, Feuerman's attorney, Joe Hanley, said ten of the apartments would be rented as affordable, rather than the eight required by the city. The building, which will have only one- and two-bedroom apartments - some of the latter "extremely large," Hanley said - will also have a room set aside as a child's play area.
Hanley added that the building would be "all electric" - no natural gas will be used for heating or cooking.
At the request of the Boston Transportation Department, the board's approval includes a requirement that 25% of the building's parking spaces be equipped for electric-vehicle charging - and that the remaining spaces be equipped with wiring that would let them have chargers added should the need arise.
The BPDA board approved the proposal in June.
City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) supported the proposal. A man from Hyde Park Avenue in Jamaica Plain tried to speak on the project, but board Chairwoman Christine Araujo muted him in the Zoomed meeting, saying the board only wants to hear from people living near proposed projects. This came after the board had already held more than 20 hearings that started around 9:30, in a meeting that ended around 1 p.m.
40 Soldiers Field Pl. filings.