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Developer eyes Marlborough for more condos

Developer eyes Marlborough for more condos

Developer Stas Burdan is seeking a special permit to build an 11-unit condo complex on Jefferson Street that would overlook Kelleher Field.

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – The local developer who transformed Corbin Plaza and St. Mary’s Church into condominiums has his sights set on building more on Jefferson Street.

Stas Burdan is seeking a special permit to build an 11-unit condo complex on a vacant parcel at 27 Jefferson St. that would overlook historic Kelleher Field. Burdan needs the permit from the City Council because the property is in a residential zone and the complex would have more than two residences, said his attorney, Arthur Bergeron.

The proposed two-story building would feature six two-bedroom, two-bathroom condos on the first floor and five more on the second level. Each unit will be about 1,300 square feet, Burdan told councilors during a public hearing Monday.

An underground parking garage will include 24 spaces – two more than the zoning requires. The plans call for a heated driveway that will prevent snow buildup. Councilor Peter Juaire asked Burdan to explain how that will affect drainage when the project goes before the Urban Affairs Committee.

The facility – which will be marketed to young, urban professionals – will feature a common area and kitchenette and deck overlooking Kelleher Field, where Marlborough High School plays its home football games. Burdan plans to hang historic photos of the field in the complex.

The units will be priced at about $400,000, said Burdan.

Nine neighbors submitted a petition to the City Council Monday supporting the project. Dan Johnson, the lone neighbor to speak at Monday’s public hearing, said he supports the proposal.

Burdan purchased Corbin Plaza – also known as the Howe Shoe Factory – at auction in 2010 for $310,000 and turned it into 17 condos. The former St. Mary’s Church and rectory was transformed into condos by Burdan in 2007.

Bergeron lauded Burdan’s past projects and said the Jefferson Street proposal is a good fit for the neighborhood.

″(Burdan) has a track record of doing what he says he’ll do,” said Bergeron.

The Urban Affairs Committee will discuss Burdan’s proposal in coming weeks. Once the committee makes a recommendation, the full City Council will vote on the matter.

This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.