On Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Appeals basically said, “yeah, no” when it comes to 69-71 A Street wanting to become a life-sciences building. The reason being the area is now zoned for residential use – in particular the large residential development Port 45.
According to Universal Hub, the building’s owner added floors to the old Standard Rivet Co. factory to create office space. Well, now with the pandemic, working from home and staff reductions, they don’t need the office space so like so many other businesses, they want to change the use to biotech/lab/life sciences.
Many years ago, this part of the neighborhood used to be industrial but not anymore – also known as Article 68, in South Boston zoning.
You can read more about this here.
No word if this will affect plans for Coppersmith building being developed into a life science building. Coppersmith is located right across from Port 45.