Louisburg Square Home: Focus for BHCA Meeting Tomorrow

A total rehab of a classic Louisburg Square townhouse is on the BHCA’s agenda this week.

The owner/occupant of 12 Louisburg will appear before the zoning and licensing committee on Wednesday, June 6, to present a proposal to renovate extensively the townhouse in conjunction with its conversion from a three-family to a one-family home.  Neighbors are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will take place at 7:30pm at 74 Joy Street.

The multi-phased project includes excavating the basement (to create a gym and studio as well as space for mechanicals, laundry and storage), extending livable space below the existing deck and adding a 3-story bay window on the ell. Other plans are to expand the existing dormer, create a double story library and add a roof deck on the ell. Although ISD has not yet responded to the owner’s request for a building permit, it is anticipated that variances will be required from the minimum rear yard and side yard setbacks and maximum floor area ratio (FAR) requirements of the Boston Zoning Code. Upon receipt of a rejection letter by ISD, the owner will file an appeal and be scheduled for a hearing before the Board of Appeal in June or July.

Those who are unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting but would like to express an opinion, please call (617-227-1922), write (74 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02114) or send an email to the BHCA office (MaryLee.Halpin@bhcivic.org) prior to the meeting.

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