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East Boston retail building slated for site in Maverick Square

Three stories on Chelsea Street could include a two-floor restaurant, though parking an issue

Rendering courtesy of Linear Properties Retail

A three-story, 39,679-square-foot retail building is due to go up on a site at 9 Chelsea Street in East Boston’s Maverick Square that once housed a funeral home and other buildings.

The development from Linear Retail has the necessary approvals as of mid-March, but it may not have enough parking—or at least that is according to some local residents and property owners.

The building, which could include a two-story restaurant, comes with six parking spaces, “far less than called for in the block’s zoning,” per Universal Hub. Given the general scarcity of parking in that part of Eastie, the additional demand from the building’s employees and customers could cause a headache for residents.

Right now, Linear has no tenants lined up for 9 Chelsea—the company was awaiting those approvals. Stay tuned.

New development is controversial enough in East Boston due to some residents’ concerns about new arrivals. Is concern about parking from a retail project a new twist in that controversy?