Members of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) questioned the lack of neighborhood review regarding new construction at 16 Moon Street. From the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS), Maria Lanza said the construction was permitted because it is zoning compliant and considered “as of right” by Boston Inspectional Services with no variances required.
The following video is from the NEWNC meeting on May 8, 2017:
The height of the building with living space will be 54 feet which falls under the neighborhood height limit of 55 feet, according to ONS. The head house is large to support an elevator and mechanicals. Head houses without living space are not included in height calculations.
Occupying a formerly vacant lot, the new building is for a one or two family home with parking. The project did not trigger any zoning variances and therefore it did not have to appear before the Board of Appeals or go to the neighborhood groups.
NEWNC members expressed concern regarding the precedent of new construction building without neighborhood review, even on a courtesy basis.