The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans for a 115-unit condo building at the site of a former nightclub at 150 Kneeland St. that will be "fully electric" and which will mean the development of 20 units of "deeply affordable" apartments on Oxford Street.
The Hudson Group had originally planned a 230-room hotel on the site, but switched to condos after the pandemic dried up funding for new hotel development.
Sizes of the building's one- and two-bedroom units will range between 550 and 950 square feet and will use electricity for both heating and cooking The building will have no dedicated parking, but the developer has proposed leases with existing nearby garages.
Under its earlier approval by the BPDA, the Hudson Group will contribute between $5 million and $7 million to create 20 apartments renting to people making between 30% and 50% of the Boston area median income.
Board member Mark Erlich raised the issue of speculators buying up units and then renting them out. "It's a problem in the city," with other high rises, he said. Noam Ron of the Hudson Group made no commitments, but said he would be willing to work with city officials on a proposal to limit the number of units that wind up being rented out.
Some nearby residents opposed the proposal because of its height, density and lack of parking, as well as the potential for noise from a proposed rooftop deck.
150 Kneeland St. filings.