Just a reminder that the City Plan Commission is scheduled to have the proposed subdivision of the Bodell estate on its agenda this coming Tuesday at 4:45 p.m., at the planning department on 444 Westminster Street. The address of the Bodell mansion is 25 Balton Rd., but the estate’s subdivision into five additional parcels to build on is listed as having a Rochambeau Avenue address. My earlier post on this, “The next Blackstone battle?,” ran on August 14. The CPC meeting scheduled soon after failed to reach a quorum so it was postponed until this month.
A strong showing of neighbors might help deter an outcome that, according to some observers, would be bad for the neighborhood. Subdivision might lead to unappealing new houses that diminish the historical character of the district, plus more traffic. A subdivision of the Granoff estate was thwarted by citizen activism a year and a half ago but a victory for the developers on Balton Street could lead to a reversal in the case of the Granoff estate, whose owner wanted to subdivide it into 12 lots. I wrote several posts on this.