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Marlborough committee OKs apartment plan

Marlborough committee OKs apartment plan

METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – A former beloved Lincoln Street bar could soon be turned into apartments.

Urban Affairs Committee members Tuesday signed off on local developer Cynthia Gleason’s plan to transform the former Cozy Cafe into nine apartments after she agreed to modify her proposal earlier this fall. The City Council is expected to vote on Gleason’s special permit request in the coming weeks.

Gleason, owner of CJG Enterprises, purchased the former pub at 487 Lincoln St. in December 2014 – more than a year after the bar closed in March 2013 – and initially planned to convert the 19,400-square-foot property into 11 apartments.

City officials were unanimous earlier this year in saying there is not enough space on the property for 11 apartments. Gleason agreed to remove two apartments from the proposal a few months ago and committee members approved the special permit Tuesday.

The former first-floor bar will be transformed into three studio apartments under Gleason’s revised proposal. Two pre-existing two-bedroom apartments on the second floor will remain.

A two-story addition to the rear of the Cozy Cafe building would house four one-bedroom units. Gleason initially proposed constructing a three-story addition that would house six one-bedroom units.

The nine apartments will be rentals. The rent will be between $1,175 and $1,250 for the studio apartments and between $1,325 and $1,450 for the one-bedroom units. The two-bedroom apartments will have a rental cost between $1,500 and $1,675.

The proposal features 19 parking spaces.

Gleason hopes to have tenants in the new apartments next year.

Gleason owns 24 apartment units in the city, including a renovation project at 24 Silver St. that was transformed from a blighted site into an apartment complex.

Customers described the Cozy Cafe as a warm, popular place to spend time with friends. The bar opened in the 1970s.

This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.