By Sara Brown
Nine John Street was granted an eight-vehicle parking garage license at 473 Revere Beach Parkway. An old house was demolished on the site, and a four story building with eight single home units will be built. There will be 16 parking spots, half of which will be underground.
Developer Joseph Hart said this will improve the traffic situation in the area which should be a relief to some residents.
“I did hear from some residents about their concerns, and I tried to explain what’s going on and to make them feel more comfortable about this,” Ward Two Councillor Ira Novoselsky said. He also said there will be more community meetings in the next week to explain what’s going on to concerned residents.
Many residents worried about the sharp turn that is on the road and not being able to see cars coming in and out of the apartment complex. Hart said his design has improved that situation and drivers will be able to see oncoming cars better.
“It will be far better,” Hart said.
Councillor-at-Large John Correggio wanted to know if they have plans to upgrade the sewage.
“Yes, absolutely – we have plans to upgrade.” Hart responded.
Correggio also wanted to know what they will use for sidewalks.
“We will meet the City’s new ordinances and specifications,” Hart said.
Most of the councillors voiced their approval.
“I want to assure that Dr. Hart is there to work with folks and not there to shove anything down anyone’s throats,” Novoselsky said.
Ward One Councillor Richard Penta agreed with his colleague. “It seems to me he went far and beyond to make all the requirements. I don’t have problems with this,” Penta said.
Others expressed excitement over more development happening in the city. “I’m excited about this. It’s development. It’s one-story homes, so this won’t intrude [on] the school system [population],” Ward 5 Councillor John Powers said.