Neighbors Abutting Warren Street Project Protesting Space Expansion

December 2, 2011
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Better late than never might best be the title of the ongoing drama with neighbors of the Warren Street garage who are protesting the changes scheduled to be made to the structure located at 40 Warren Street.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has approved plans allowing owners of the building to add two stories for additional housing and for changes to be made at the street level for commercial space.

The addition of the two stories would bring the building’s height to nearly 70 feet and would obstruct the views of several property owners, some of whom claim they were not notified of advertised hearings regarding the changes.

Those people attended a Tuesday evening meeting of the Neighborhood Council and will be out in force at a more significant Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for December 6.

The objective of the abutters is simple – to stop the new construction in order to save their views.

The building is owned by Vahid Nickpour of Andover.

He has been anticipating making the changes he seeks for quite some time and numerous hearings have been held and the Neighborhood Council and most neighbors had already chimed in about their feelings long before this last ditch effort came to be made.

An October meeting on the matter before the Neighborhood Council caused a 15 person turnout.

About the same number turned out Tuesday night for a meeting depicted by some as too late.

Even the Zoning Board of Appeals meeting December 6 is more about form than function.

As one Neighborhood Councilor said: “It is near to impossible to overturn a BRA approved project.”