Stop Harcourt Street project
Dear South End Neighbors:
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) will be voting on a proposed building project on Harcourt Street on July 24. The building located at #7 would be developed locally by the same developer who sold it last December to a Colorado Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) called UDR, Inc. for nearly $4 million.
This proposed construction project doubles the height of the existing 2-story office building to add 12, 2-bedroom apartments with a rooftop deck. This project has big implications for this tiny street that Southwest Corridor walkers use daily to reach Shaws and other points of destination.
If this project at #7 Harcourt has four variances approved by the ZBA we can kiss our walking street good-bye for at least a year or more when it will be turned into a construction zone every weekday. We can expect huge equipment to sit idly during the weekends taking up valuable parking spaces. We can expect that the new rental units with two or more cars each will increase traffic congestion all the time. We can expect the beautiful trees arching overhead to be pruned back. We can expect the neighborhood to be changed forever, but, not for good. At least, not for our good. It will be for the good of one out of state REIT and one local developer who applied for variances to supercede the St. Botolph Neighborhood Protection area zoning code. Their appeal to build is based on what the developer claims is a housing need in the city for more high-end apartments. Really? Are we not about to have 300+ housing units around the corner at Copley Place in front of Neiman Marcus? Is there not a current project underway nearby on Exeter Street?
This is a classic case of the 1% vs the rest of us! If approved only one person, one South End developer, Mark Goldweitz, will reap the benefit along with one huge out of state REIT that will add to its billion dollar portfolio.
If you agree that this is not a benefit to our tiny neighborhood and if you want your voice to be heard in opposition to this enterprising of our neighborhood, please let the Zoning Board of Appeals hear from you before the July 24th public hearing. Their address is 1010 Mass Ave. 02118.
16 Harcourt Street 7C
16 Harcourt Street 7C
Les and Eileen Shea
16 Harcourt Street 4G & D
40 St. Botolph Street 37B
Nancy and Joseph Restuccia
9 Harcourt Street #504