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Zoning Relief Sought at 3 Garden Court

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3 Garden Court owner, Louis Finacharo (2nd from right) at the NEWRA ZLC Committee meeting held on February 26, 2013 at the Mariner’s House in North Square. Also pictured, from the left, ZLC Committee Co-chairs, David Kubiak, Victor Brogna, Attorney Eric Speed and NEWRA President, Jim Salini (far right).

Louis Finacharo is seeking zoning relief to convert an existing 4-story building at 3 Garden Court from a 3-family residential to a 4-family residential use. The applicant and his attorney, Eric Speed, presented at the February 26, 2013 meeting of the Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA).

The building is near the Fleet St. intersection on the Hanover St. side. From 1953 to 1985, the building was a 4-family before it was converted into a 3-family use. The zoning violation relates to the allowable 3 floor-to-area ratio whereas the building is closer to 4 FAR.

The four units will be rental apartments and there are no plans for a roof deck. A longtime abutter at the meeting supported the conversion but asked the owner to emphasize trash signage for tenants.

This presentation was for informational purposes. NEWRA will determine whether further review and an advisory vote is necessary at an upcoming monthly membership meeting. The final zoning relief decision will be made by the Zoning Board of Appeal.

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