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Apartment proposal complies with new zoning

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – A downtown restaurant owner’s proposal to build 40 new apartments above his eatery complies with the conditions of the new Marlborough Village zoning district.

George Voyiatzis, owner of Fish Restaurant and Wine Bar, is seeking to turn his one-story building at the corner of South Bolton Street and Granger Boulevard into a mixed-use facility with apartments on the upper floors and businesses on the bottom floor. The property also houses a Starbucks, Domino’s, Stony Brook Market and Melon Frozen Yogurt, which are all expected to remain open during construction.

In late 2014, the City Council approved the new Marlborough Village zoning district to encourage mixed-use projects to spur development in the city center.

The Urban Affairs Committee Monday reviewed Voyiatzis’ proposal to ensure it complied with the new zoning, which includes conditions on open space, building heights and design standards.

Steve Reid, project manager, told committee members the proposal meets the conditions of the new zoning, including having more than 4,000 square feet of private open space. Within the proposed building will be a 1,727-square-foot private atrium which would be open to all tenants. There is also 4,031 square feet of landscaping, said Reid.

“We’re well above the amount of private open space required,” he said.

The building’s 64-foot height also falls in line with the zoning, as the maximum height allowed is 70 feet, said Reid.

The new zoning also allows developers to make payments in lieu of creating parking and instead use spaces that are available in the municipal garages downtown. Reid said 18 spaces will be available on site and tenants will use about 22 spaces in the municipal garages. The developers are expected to make a $245,000 payment to the city to satisfy its parking requirement.

During past meetings, some councilors expressed worries about the crunch on parking spaces in the garages that may come with the project.

Voyiatzis plans to use modular construction to build the addition. As part of the process, crews will build a table on the existing building and install structural supports and steel floors. The residential unit sections will be built off-site in an enclosed facility, be transported to the site and bolted into place using a crane.

Committee members previously brought up concerns, such as where trucks and equipment would be staged and if surrounding streets will be closed at points during construction. The developers are expected to address those concerns with the city’s Site Plan Review Committee and the Urban Affairs Committee in the coming weeks.

Voyiatzis is hopeful construction will begin in the spring.

This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.