The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for 29 new single-family homes at the end of a West Roxbury section where many of the streets are named for birds.
CAD Builders has proposed what will feel like a suburban subdivision in Boston's most suburban neighborhood: Each home will be about 2,600 square feet with four bedrooms and either a one- or two-car garage. They'll mostly be nestled on two new streets to be named Starling Street and Toucan Road. The streets will fly off of Willet Street, currently a mostly unimproved path off Washington Street just outbound from Heron Street.
"That's pretty unusual," zoning-board member Mark Erlich said of the fact that CAD was able to find so much undeveloped private land in Boston on which to put so many single-family homes.
Chris Tracy, who represents CAD and who said the Boston Public Improvement Commission has already approved the layout of the two new streets, said the names came to the company's owners after some time spent Googling bird names. He said that one of the owners just really liked the sound of Starling and Toucan and so the company went with those, even though toucans rarely visit West Roxbury, except on the side of cereal boxes meant for kids with heavy sugar needs.
In addition to the homes and streets, CDA will also build two pedestrian paths, one connecting residents to Washington Street, the other intended as a cut through for birders, hikers and the like to and from Roxbury Latin's wooded land to the north of Eagle Street.
The mayor's office and aides for city councilors Matt O'Malley and Michael Flaherty spoke in favor of the proposal at the zoning hearing. Nobody spoke against.