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BRA Approves Navy Yard Apartment Building

The 54-unit Starboard Place project will move forward as presented at a Jan. 24 community meeting, with plans to break ground in June.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority last week unanimously approved plans to construct a new four-story apartment building in the Charlestown Navy Yard, on a site known as Parcel 39a.

The project, which is being developed by Kavanagh Advisory Group LLC and known as "Starboard Place," features 54 rental units—18 studio apartments and 36 one-bedroom apartments—but no on-site parking. Instead, the developer intends to designate 32 spaces in nearby Building 199 for Starboard Place residents as well as 11 spaces in the Flagship Wharf garage at 197 Eighth St.

Residents and Charlestown Neighborhood Council representatives expressed concerns about the lack of on-site parking at a public meeting held Jan. 24 at Constitution Inn, which is located near the empty lot at First Avenue and Ninth Street where Starboard Place will be built.

At that meeting, the CNC Development Committee voted 5-1 to support the project, with certain conditions, one of which was that the developer provide a total of 54 parking spaces—one for each rental unit, including the 11 affordable units.

But at the BRA meeting on Thursday, Feb. 14, parking was not really addressed, and the developer did not discuss plans to expand its offering to include the affordable units. Instead, talk focused on the fact that the lot had been vacant since the 1970s and that the project would add needed housing stock in the area.

With BRA approval, Kavanagh Advisory Group LLC intends to break ground as early as June, a representative said Thursday.

Toonie February 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Yes, Joe. Please see the Boston City Hall, Boston Police Department and Boston Public Works. Charlestown is part of the city of Boston. surprised you didnt know that. Maybe this will help? Please let me know if you have any other questions. Or just ask the closest 5 year old, I am sure he/she could provide you with a sound answer.
Charlestown joe February 21, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Oh I thought cities had there own city hall and police and public works! Charles-TOWN is part of a city, it is NOT a city, as you state!
Toonie February 21, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Yes. Just like the financial district, Back Bay, North End, Dorchester, Southie, etc is part of the city. I am sorry if you are having trouble grasping this very basic fact. I am trying to explain it and I guess I just can't get down to your level of thinking. You'd probably have better luck speaking with someone on your intelligence level (see earlier comment about consulting a 5 year old).
Charlestown joe February 21, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Oh I thought you said you were a five year old? My mistake. But you certaintly sound like one. You yourself just posted quote: is part of the city end quote. Therefore Charlestown is not a City , my point! And your point is?
Toonie February 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM
If you're in Charlestown, then you're in the city. End of point. I know you are too slow to understand.

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