Thursday, April 14, 2022

Four Times Before the HPC

It appears that 205-207 Warren Street may have the record for proposals for its restoration that have come before the Historic Preservation Commission. 

In May 2017, the proposal for its restoration involved storefronts and commercial space on the ground floor of the building.

In April 2018, a new proposal for the building eliminated the commercial space and devoted the entire building to residential units.

Neither of these proposals was ever carried out, and in January 2021, new owners of the building presented a new proposal for the building's restoration which again involved only residential units--five in all.

At the Planning Board meeting on Tuesday, it was revealed that the current owners of the building now want to amend the plans approved by the Planning Board and the HPC early last year to introduce storefronts on the ground floor of the building. 

The design for the storefronts, particularly the one proposed for the east half of building, relies heavily on this photo, which Gossips has published before. It shows the exterior of 207 Warren Street sometime in the 1950s. 

The Planning Board approved the changes to the site plan, which originally was five residential units and is now three residential units and two commercial units. The design goes before the Historic Preservation Commission at a special meeting to take place virtually tomorrow, Friday, April 15, at 10:00 a.m. Click here to join the meeting.

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