Hite Radio and TV Building on Borrowed Time

Plans for a six-story residential building at 1672 Washington St. are set to proceed.

The Hite Radio and TV building moved another step closer to demolition last week, after the owners gained relief from a number of variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals last Tuesday.

David Goldman and his business partner, Dennis Kanin of New Boston Ventures, gained the approvals they were seeking from the board, and their goal of demolishing the venerable building at 1672 Washington St. and replacing it with condos.

The project will knock down the existing structure and erect a six-story, nine unit residential building, with two underground parking spaces and two at-grade spaces in the rear, according to the Boston Globe.

Goldman said he wants to begin construction by early summer and estimated the project would require 11 to 12 months to complete.

received much support from elected officials at the hearing before the board. The mayor’s office, along with the offices of District 2 City Councilor Bill Linehan and the offices of at-large City Councilors Ayanna Pressley, John Connolly an Felix Arroyo all threw support behind the project, according to the Globe.

Also on board is the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, the Worcester Square Area Neighborhood Association and the Washington Gateway Main Street also voiced support for the new condos.

The Boston Landmarks Commission also reviewed the project and gave it the thumbs up.

This is not the first group to attempt to redevelop the corner plot.

As , Jim Robertson and Jay Hajj, owners of Toro and Mike’s City Diner, had entered into an agreement to purchase the building last summer and proposed a six-story building with five floors of condos and a restaurant on the ground floor.

That after the developers failed to convince neighbors to support the proposal.

New Boston Ventures purchased the building from Hajj and Robertson, with the sale being finalized in early January.


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