Three of us met with Sonny Bonacio in his office at 18 Division Street to review his new plans for replacing Moore Hall. At the last Zoning Board of Appeals meeting some months ago he announced plans to demolish Moore Hall and build twenty-eight condos. His latest plan is to build twenty-six.
The price range is still around $700,000.00 per condo. He indicated that he would incorporate the parking on site with most of it underground.
The design looks quite good. The project will match the height of the adjacent buildings. The architecture will also be designed in a way that is consistent with the surrounding Victorian era homes. The set back from Union Avenue will be consistent with the adjacent properties.
My only reservation is that to do this will require an extraordinary area variance. In this case, though I do not believe the variances will have an adverse effect on the neighborhood. The removal of Moore Hall will certainly be an improvement and this new Bonacio plan will be consistent with the density and character of this area of town. An additional major improvement will be the project’s provision for sufficient on site parking.
We had some discussion about the impact on North Lane which is quite narrow but currently two-way. North Lane empties on to Regent Street. Mr. Bonacio acknowledged that in view of the increased traffic it would probably be advisable to have the street be one way with the entrance of Regent and exit on Clark. He indicated his willingness to work with the city to upgrade the intersection to improve its safety.
I was kind of amused in meeting with Sonny Bonacio by the contrast between the very beautiful and obviously expensive design of his offices and himself in jeans and funky athletic shirt.
I am attaching his full application here.
Below are the designs.