Batting 0-2 with the neighborhood groups, the property owner at 420 Commercial Street did not receive the support of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) to add Segway rentals / tours as part of his zoning use. Owned by Frances Lauria, the current zoning use at the location of the former Mobil site is for a gas station, parking lot and offices.
In a 0-9 vote to deny the request, NEWNC focused on the long-term status of the zoning change despite the expectation that the lease to the current Segway tour operator (Boston by Segway / Boston Gliders) is likely to terminate in the next year.
On February 14, 2013, the Residents’ Association (NEWRA) also voted to oppose the request. Both neighborhood groups are advisory to the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal that will hear the request on March 12, 2013, Room 801 in City Hall.
The above video has the full presentation by Attorney Daniel Toscano and Lauria family representatives at the NEWNC meeting held on February 25, 2013.