Community Food & Drink Real Estate

Voting Results – NEWRA’s August 13th Meeting

Here is a summary of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meeting held on Thursday, August 13th at the Nazzaro Community Center.

BRA's Peter Gori Presents Cross St Plaza Plan
BRA’s Peter Gori Presents Cross St Plaza Plan

BRA Presentation of Cross Street Plan

Peter Gori, Senior Manager, showed the proposed 98 outdoor patio seats for the businesses on Cross Street between Hanover and Salem Streets in the space formerly occupied by Martignetti’s Liquors. Residents questioned much of the plan surrounding pedestrian access and the car lane that runs through the plaza area. Parking issues were also discussed. More details can be found on this previous post.

No vote was taken on this item, but a list of resident issues was created for a follow-up letter by NEWRA. Interested residents should email peter.gori.bra@cityofboston.gov with their own comments and cc their email to exec@newra.org.

Attorney for 113 Salem St (Right) Presents to NEWRA as President Mark Paul (Left) Presides
Attorney for 113 Salem St (Right) Presents to NEWRA as President Mark Paul (Left) Presides

113 Salem St., Arthur Caras, Zoning Relief Application to Board of Appeals

The building owner is seeking zoning relief for a two story expansion of existing barber shop, including a roof deck. There was discussion regarding a potential compromise between abutters at 44 Prince Street and the applicant. The applicant indicated the need for open space has been reduced, allowing for a redesign of the roof deck area potentially less offensive to abutters. The abutters requested applicant defer hearing currently scheduled on August 18th. The applicant refused to defer his application.

Vote: 5 Support, 33 Oppose – NEWRA Opposes the Application

 

14-16 Parmenter St., Pagluica’s Restaurant

The restaurant is seeking to expand into its basement area with 16 seats. It has also applied to amend its beer, wine & cordials license to serve those 16 additional seats.

Vote: 31 Support, 7 Oppose – NEWRA Supports the Application

 

North End Residents Listening to Presentations
North End Residents Listening to Presentations

115 Salem St., Giovanni Grimaldi, Manager

This is for a change of use application to Board of Appeal for a coffee shop with pastry, ice cream and take-out service in the space formerly occupied by Dave’s Curtains.

Vote: 32 Support, 6 Oppose – NEWRA Supports the Application

 

217 Hanover St., Sophia Anderson, Manager

This is an application for a Fortune Teller License to operate on the second floor of 217 Hanover Street. The applicant requested a postponement due to a death in the family. This item is deferred to the September NEWRA meeting.

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