Developers propose changes to “Elmwood Crossing” project

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Developers of the former Women and Children’s Hospital site on the city’s west side are proposing changes to their original building plans. 

After criticism from many neighbors, Elliott Development and Sinatra and Company Real Estate proposed three variances to the “Elmwood Crossing” site located at Elmwood and Bryant.

Wednesday, they presented the changes to the Zoning Board for approval.

Proposed changes include lowering the height from six stories to five, widening the lot, and using more of the site than originally intended. 

The proposed building is a mix of retail, office space, and luxury apartments. 

The project has received heated opposition from the beginning; those against it argue it would price people out of their neighborhood, and say the project goes against the city’s Green Code. 

Those in favor say it would bring more opportunity to the west side. 

Speakers lined up out the door at the Zoning Board meeting, both those in support and against the variances. 

Many voiced concerns that granted the variances will give big developers loop holes around the Green Code. Others said the project itself is add to the gentrification of the west side.

A few speakers noted both developers’ willingness to listen to and work with the community on its concerns. 

The Zoning Board said it would post its decision to grant or deny the variances by Thursday morning.

Before construction on the project could start, developers would need a final stamp of approval from the Planning Board. 

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