Community Food & Drink Government Real Estate

Flash Report From Residents’ Association Meeting (NEWRA) on February 9, 2012

Attorney Daniel Toscano, standing left, representing the new owners of Contrada's at the February 9, 2012 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents' Association, NEWRA, for an application at 396 Hanover St.

Flash summary and voting results from the February 9, 2012 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association held at the Nazzaro Community Center in the North End:

Conversation with James Hunt, City of Boston Chief of Environmental and Energy Services – The city’s chief spoke to residents regarding a wide range of issues relating to the environment and energy use, including groundwater and recycling. He also answered specific questions regarding sea level rise, noise pollution, zoning enforcement and the bottle bill. was permitted to video the presentation which is available for viewing here.

9 Noyes Place, Robert Griffin – Mr. Clay represented the applicant who has filed for zoning variance to expand the first floor unit living space into the basement. NEWRA voted 18-12 in support of the application, with the proviso that the applicant include outdoor trash containers for building residents.

66 Cross Street – Nick Varano’s Famous Deli, Nicola Varano filed an application with the Licensing Board for a C.V. 7-Day Malt and Wine License. NEWRA voted 20-9 in support of the application.

396 Hanover St., formerly Contrada’s Coffee Shop, Daniel Delia, new business owner filed an application with the Boston Board of Appeal to transfer the condition restricting take-out service “to this petitioner only” and to change zoning for the property to 7 apartments, 2 stores (from 3 stores) and 1 take-out license. In addition, the applicant filed with the Licensing Board for a C.V. 7-day license for the sale of food. New owner proposes to serve breakfast and lunch specialties into the early evening. Attorney Daniel Toscano, representing the applicant, told NEWRA that after a call from an abutter, the shop will amend its requested hours to 6am-9pm (from 11pm). The applicant may apply for a June, July, August permit to stay open until 11pm.  NEWRA voted 28-1 in support of the application.