September, 2020

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Commented on Broadway Park 1 year, 2 months ago
Considering the site fits only 12 at grade parking spaces now, I am puzzled as to how each unit will have a parking space - Total 15. The design drawings appear to show a 'closed' first floor level facing the park [maybe to conceal at grade parking?] which if it is the case, is not great urban design practice. The little piece of residual park space shown landscaped would probably not make the pedestrian experience feel any safer. The site is I believe 4175sf, so at 300sf per unit, [my reading of the zoning ordinance*] it can only support 13 units. I am also puzzled by the response of the design to set backs. As a corner lot, I thought Zoning treated the site as having two rear yards?? *In the interests of a meaningful public design review process, I feel it would be very useful for the community, particularly those people not familiar with the complexity of the zoning ordinance, if the project information clearly stated where it does not meet the typically required dimensional standards. At first glance the building looks too bulky for the site and it would particularly negatively impacts the neighbors on Windsor as well as exacerbate local parking problems. Providing affordable housing is a worth endeavor, but I believe Area 4 is already doing well on that account.
My suggestion is that it gets smaller - 8 units at FAR 1.75 like the neighboring area. Minimum 8 parking spaces.
Commented on Broadway Park 1 year, 2 months ago
I live nearby
Supported a comment by B Larkin on Broadway Park 1 year, 2 months ago
B Larkin
This is just too large and imposing. Also this does not provide enough parking for the owners. Parking is already tight in this neighborhood now under normal conditions. When you add in street sweeping and snow emergencies it's nearly impossible!
Followed Broadway Park 1 year, 2 months ago
Supported a comment by Leah Beckett on Broadway Park 1 year, 2 months ago
Leah Beckett
Open space. I believe this parking lot would be an invaluable addition to the Green Rose Heritage Park and help create a zone that doesn’t need to serve as a multipurpose field. While it seems like you are looking for housing to be the solution for this lot, I think taking a long-term approach to redeveloping several blocks in this area would make the city more livable. One big idea includes completely redeveloping the city’s suburban style public housing along Harvard and Washington Streets. The low density, car-centric, Garden City style is at odds with the surrounding area. It would be better designed if the Harvard-Windsor-Washington-Main block were converted into a contiguous park with the Green Rose Park, replacing Harvard Street between Windsor and Moore Streets with a bike and pedestrian path. This would then allow the Harvard-Windsor-Washington-Portland block to redevelop into a more appropriate scale for the city: The huge block could be divided into several smaller blacks, possibly even maximizing space by straightening Washington Street and continuing School Street. The buildings should then favor underground parking instead of surface parking lots and have retail / commercial space on the ground floor, especially on Main Street. Instead of 3 story buildings with basement units, they could be taller and feature common spaces on different levels and usable green roofs for an architecturally interesting, urban upgrade.
Followed Kendall Square: MXD Substation Development Plan 1 year, 3 months ago