By SCOTT JACKSON
A city attorney met behind closed doors with members of the Quincy’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night to discuss an affordable housing project in Wollaston the board had previously rejected.
Janet Petkun, an assistant city solicitor, addressed members of the ZBA during an executive session the board held at the end of its meeting Tuesday. The executive session was held in regards to Warren Place, a proposed 40-unit development at the corner of Old Colony Avenue and Warren Avenue in Wollaston.
The ZBA rejected the project in June 2017, in part because of concerns over the density of the proposal. The Boncaldo family, the developers behind the project, have since appealed that decision to the state’s Housing Appeals Committee.
Petkun declined to comment on her closed-door meeting with the zoning board, citing the ongoing litigation. Martin Aikens, the board’s chairman, likewise declined comment following the meeting.
A public hearing on the Warren Place proposal has been scheduled for the board’s next meeting on Feb. 27 at 7:15 p.m. Petkun said it is uncertain if that hearing will go forward as scheduled.
“It all depends on how this proceeds,” she said.
The Boncaldos had sought a comprehensive permit for the project under the Chapter 40B of Massachusetts state law. Chapter 40B exempts affordable-housing projects from certain local zoning requirements in communities with fewer affordable-housing units than required under state law.
The Planning Board had approved a market-rate project for the same site – 118 Old Colony Ave. and 54 and 60 Warren St. – in August 2015. The Boncaldos, however, withdrew the proposal after neighbors filed suit to block the project, and then resubmitted it last spring as an affordable housing project.
In other business Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved Michael Grehan’s proposal to tear down the single-family home at 713 Sea St. and construct three townhouse units on site.
Thomas Cavanagh, the attorney representing Grehan, said two of the units will include two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, while the middle unit will have three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Each condominium will have a two-car garage, and three guest spaces will be located outside the building.
Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy spoke in support of the project during the zoning board’s meeting. He said the developer had met with abutters to allay their concerns about the project.
“I think it’s a nice addition that they’re putting in. It’s not too large,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s good for Sea Street and a good project.”
Aikens, the board’s chairman, agreed with McCarthy that it would be a good project.
“It is a nice project,” he said.
The board also:
Continued until April 10 a hearing on request from Robert Galligan, owner of Louis at 1269 Sea St. to amend a ZBA decision from the 1990s requiring the restaurant and the parking lot across the street both be owned by the same individual. The city has proposed purchasing that parking lot as part of its plan to renovate the nearby Houghs Neck Maritime Center.
Continued until March 13 a hearing on the request from Allison MacLellan to rebuild the non-conforming structure at 149 Rockland St.
Granted permission to Joseph Bondi to renovate the attic and add two dormers with decks to the home at 10 Wedgewood St.
Granted permission to Jesse Snell to reconfigure the paving at 201 Billings St. by adding a new driveway with permeable pavers and eliminating the off-street parking in front of the house.
Continued until March 13 a request from Simon Lam for a variance to convert the two-family home at 172 Vassall St. to a three-family home. Lam said the new owner who purchased the property two years ago discovered the house had been illegally converted by a previous owner into a three-family home and sold as such.