Neighbors Get Look at Latest 771 Harrison Ave Proposal

Neighbors got a look at the latest, revised proposal for the planned redevelopment of 771 Harrison Ave. Monday evening during a public meeting sponsored by the Boston Planning and Development Agency at the Boston Police’s D-4 station.

Ronald Simons, president of Natick-based Bodwell Pines Corporation, intends to repurpose the former Immaculate Conception Church and attached Link Building into 63 condominium units with 45 off-street parking spaces in the adjacent James Court garage.

Edward Nunes, a partner at Natick’s Offices of Nunes Trabucco Architects, is the project architect.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority – the BPDA’s forerunner – approved the project for 63 rental units in 2003, and six units will remain designated as affordable, per that agreement.

Meanwhile, the latest proposal includes an increase of five more rented parking spaces, bringing the total to 45 (i.e. 25 owned by the developer, as well as 20 rentals).

Marc LaCasse, the developer’s attorney, said the increased parking provisions bring the ratio to .7 spaces per dwelling unit in accordance with BHPA ordinances.

Raul Duverge, senior planning manager for the BPDA, said the matter was scheduled to come before its board of directors for a vote on April 12, “depending on how the community process concludes.”

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