MPB Refuses to Approve Parking for Dowd Project

Neighbors,

On 5/19 I spoke before the Municipal Planning Board regarding the Dowd Project on Virginia Drive to urge them to add an additional on-street parallel parking space in front of the building. In spite of our neighborhood’s support of an additional parking space, Dowd’s support of an additional parking space, the City planning department’s support of an additional parking space, and the current City planning documents recommending additional on-street parking along Virginia, I failed to convince the MPB to add this condition. The Traffic Engineer would not support a reduction of the design standard of 23′ length for parallel parking spaces, and our request for the additional space failed.

Gordon Spears

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Dowd Variance

Here is the staff report which was just finished today.  Dowd is asking for a variance for height and will go before the MPB later this month.  he wants 55′ (Staff told me that the tower is no longer proposed since the elevator will not go to the loft).  Zonning is 35′.  There will (again according to staff) be canopy and subcanopy trees in the 10′ buffer yard in the rear and the building will be 65′ from the rear lot line.  I havent checked the staff report to make sure that these things are actually in it, but someone may want to check this.

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