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A Huge Self-Storage Warehouse Is Not The Best Use Of 1.2 Acres On Lincoln Street

This project is bad for the surrounding neighborhood
A huge warehouse does not belong alongside a residential community.
- The proposed 4 story building would be 18 feet taller than our zoning allows.
- The 125,000 square foot building is 72,000 square feet larger than our zoning allows.
- There will be only 7 feet between the storage warehouse and the neighboring homes. Click here to see the project plan.
The project hurts efforts by Allston/Brighton residents to plan the future of our community
This project contradicts the years of community involvement that created the North Allston Strategic Framework, which established goals of lower density development, a more cohesive neighborhood, and expanded opportunities for neighborhood jobs. Different types of development could do much more to help us meet those goals.
The project is bad for Allston’s history and built environment
The project will demolish a piece of history – a 110 year old building from the Sewell & Day factory complex. Its replacement will be a bland, boring, windowless “big box”.

This project is bad for the Boston and Allston/Brighton economies
- The 1.2 acre site could be home to hundreds of jobs. This project will create 5 permanent jobs.
- A diversity of business is good for the economy. Instead, this area is becoming a magnet for self-storage businesses such as:
Road Warrior Moving & Storage 86 Lincoln St U-Store-It 130 Lincoln St Yellow Brick Self-Storage 138 Harvard Ave
Brighton Self-Storage 1360 Commonwealth Avenue Storage City 155 N Beacon St Storage USA 235 North Beacon St

With all the opportunities for development as Harvard builds its Allston campus, we can do much better than more self-storage

What Can You Do?
Send an email to speak up about this project!
Attend the community meeting Submit written comments to the BRA Ask City Hall to improve our community’s future by opposing this wasteful project
Wednesday, June 28
Jackson Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge St
6:30 p.m.
Jay Rourke
Project Manager
Boston Redevelopment Authority
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Mayor Thomas Menino
Mayor’s Office
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201
617 635 4500
City Councilor Jerry McDermott
5th Floor
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201
617 635 3113

Project Notification Form - see how the developer describes the project
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