Christina Englund

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Supported a comment by Fred OConnor on The Shawmut Project 3 years, 7 months ago
Fred OConnor
Yikes, Sean. That's not a positive attitude. Abutter or not, this development effects my neighborhood and I'm going to continue expressing my opinion, whether it's here or at the neighborhood association meetings.
Supported a comment by Bryan Bryson on The Shawmut Project 3 years, 7 months ago
Bryan Bryson
It's his neighborhood too. Yes, in the short term, the abutters might be directly affected more than others, but this is a neighborhood and the decisions that are made, as you said, affect us all.
Supported a comment by Fred OConnor on The Shawmut Project 3 years, 7 months ago
Fred OConnor
I disagree, Shawn, and welcome the debate. The property maybe old but it's not historic. I just checked the city's landmark commission's site and it's not listed. And being old doesn't mean it shouldn't be redeveloped. Housing is a better use for this parcel. This project could indeed help solve the city's housing crisis. Don't underestimate the power of many small developments, including those in Melville Park. As for affordability, some units have to be designated affordable based on the city regulations. The city defines affordability to remove the relativity factor you wrote about. Yes, the developer had to sell it to abutters, but the abutters have to be willing to compromise (like I wrote in my previous comment) and realize the developer can't accommodate every request. And, indeed, the neighborhood is stuck with a garage for the foreseeable future. I don't know of any other developers who are looking to build on this site. And other developers may be turned off from the property if they learn about the challenges their predecessors faced. Finally, the hot real estate market will eventually cool. I'd prefer that neighborhoods take advantage of this building boom while we can.
Supported a comment by Jeffrey Salamone-Callahan on The Shawmut Project 3 years, 7 months ago
Jeffrey Salamone-Callahan
Affordable/workforce housing is the most meaningful contribution The Shawmut Project could bring to the neighborhood!
Supported a comment by Fred OConnor on The Shawmut Project 3 years, 7 months ago
Fred OConnor
This is the second developer who was unable to build housing at this site. We're now stuck with a garage instead of much needed housing. Folks have to compromise, whether it's on parking, unit affordability or density. When we can't give up something, we get nothing.
Commented on 500 Talbot Avenue 3 years, 8 months ago
Let’s keep Urban Grocer in mind! I’d love to see this.