By Seth Daniel
Lodging House developer Andrew Philbin received permission from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on Monday night to withdraw a controversial 20 micro-unit apartment building on Glendale Square.
Attorney Paul DeLorey appeared before the ZBA Monday and announced that the Philbins will no longer be pursuing the project as proposed.
“At this time, we would like to request to withdraw the proposal without prejudice,” he said.
The Board voted 4-0 to approve the withdrawal.
The proposal drew a lot of skepticism during the July ZBA meeting when it was proposed with only two parking space. The proposal was to replace the existing rooming house on the site and build a brand new building. The new construction would have eliminated shared baths and kitchens and brought the units out of the ground-floor level.
Most on the Board were not buying the idea that residents in the new building would not be using cars, which is what was pitched. Instead, they believed that new cars to the area would inundate neighboring streets.
While most liked the idea of upgrading the old lodging house, the parking was not acceptable. The project was supposed to return at Monday’s meeting with an alternative parking plan.
However, the developers instead chose to withdraw the plan.