Will it be Park Place – or plan B?
The would-be developer of an automated parking garage on Hyman Avenue is pursuing plan B, just in case.Hyman Avenue Holdings LLC, represented by Peter Fornell, has filed an application with the city to expand the Hannah-Dustin Building at the corner of South Spring Street and East Hyman Avenue with additional commercial/office space and a three-story residential building in the empty lot next to the Benedict Commons affordable housing.The lot, where an A-frame building once stood, was to be the site of Park Place, a 99-space parking garage, which the City Council rejected. The developers ultimately sued the council after it refused to put the parking garage proposal to a vote of the people. The parties are still awaiting a ruling.Meanwhile, Fornell said he and his partners are pursuing an alternate plan for the property in case the lawsuit is not resolved in their favor.”I haven’t thrown in the towel for Park Place, but I’m going ahead and making an application for what is a permitted use at that location,” he said.The application calls for three floors of commercial/office space to be added onto the Hyman Avenue side of the Hannah-Dustin Building, with about 870 square feet per floor. Connected to the east would be a three-story, 9,000-square-foot residential building consisting of two three-bedroom condos. Two subgrade worker housing units, each with two bedrooms and 850 square feet of space, are also proposed, though the city now frowns upon basement units to fulfill worker housing requirements.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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