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Voting Summary of NEWRA Meeting

These are the highlights from tonight’s meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). This was the first meeting led by new President, Stephanie Hogue.

North End Winter Street Sweeping Pilot Program – Similar to her visit to the neighborhood council last week, Commissioner of Public Works, Joanne Mazzaro, gave an informational update regarding the recent compromise on expanded winter mechanical street sweeping as a pilot program. Public Works will add the months of December and March to its mechanical street sweeping schedule (which previously stopped after November until April 1st). There will be no mechanical street sweeping in January and February as a compromise so that residents will not have to move their cars in those months. (More posts under the Street Sweeping tag.)

Paulie’s, 65 Salem St., former location of Go Bananas, Paul Barker – Applicant intends to open a restaurant with take-out and 18 seat capacity.
Vote: 26 support, 4 oppose; NEWRA supports the application.

19 Cooper St. Matthew Sepe applied for zoning variance to change occupancy from commercial on ground floor to residential studio apartment with 567 square feet. All units in building will be converted to condominium.
Vote: 24 support, 6 oppose; NEWRA supports the application.

Bricco Restaurant, 239-241 Hanover St., Frank DePasquale filed for a capacity addition of 47 seats to the existing 120 through an expansion on the ground floor into abutting building formerly owned by Nobile Insurance Agency. A change in description on Bricco’s alcohol license (2am closing) will be filed separately. An intense debate ensued on late-night noise and the expansion.
Vote: 10 support, 21 oppose; NEWRA opposes the application.

Laz Parking, 588 Commercial St. filed for zoning relief to make improvements to the existing parking lot, also creating a 24-hour automated lot. Applicant also agreed to add a fence.
Vote: 23 support, 3 oppose; NEWRA supports the application.

Look for more details on the meeting in upcoming posts.

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