Few things are more contentious in Boston than parking or development. And a recent kerfuffle in Dorchester's Savin Hill proves the point pointedly. Recall that would-be developer David Higgins planned to plunk 14 condos atop the Savin Bar & Kitchen as well as a long-vacant lot off Savin Hill Avenue. How? Through cantilevering the condo over the eatery as rendered above, hiding the load-bearing beams behind a facade. (It's being done at 45 Stuart Street in the Theater District.) All seemed fine or at least proceeding apace.
Then the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association insisted Higgins include 15 parking spaces as part of the new development—despite it being across from the Savin Hill T station. Take it away, Dorchester Reporter's Lauren Dezenski: "At [Oct. 6's] discussion at the Little House on East Cottage Street, which became heated at times, Higgins told the civic association that he would walk away from the project if the association did not vote to support it despite his not delivering on parking. Seemingly hoping to call his bluff, the association still voted no."
Higgins walked away. It's not clear where the 14-unit project stands. But it is clear that Boston needs the 14 units. Stay tuned.
· Parking Stand-Off Leaves Savin Hill Condo Plan in Limbo [Reporter]
· Cantilevered Condo Pitched for Dot's Savin Hill Avenue [Curbed Boston]
· Meet AVA Theater District and Its Bike-Repair Room [Curbed Boston]
· Murphy's Law and Boston Parking [Curbed Boston]
· 1350 Boylston and the Battle for Building Boston [Curbed Boston]
· Boston Housing Plan: Incentivize Developers, Cross Fingers [Curbed Boston]