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ZLC Committee Agenda Includes Pinkberry, LuLu’s, Billy Tse’s and Zoning Requests on Salem St., Garden Ct. and Cooper St.

Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee

Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 7:00 PM
Mariners House, 11 North Square, 2nd Floor

Zoning Appeals and License Applications

7:00 PM – 7:15 PM
57 Salem Street, LuLu’s Sweet Shoppe, Sandra Russo has applied to change the use of the first floor commercial space to include #36A Take-Out for the purpose of serving ice cream at the existing bakery/candy shop.

7:15 PM – 7:30 PM
3 Garden Court, Louis Finacharo seeks zoning relief to convert the 3-family residential building to a 4-story residential building.

7:30 PM – 7:50 PM
9 Cooper Street, Elaine DiGangi seeks zoning relief to add a 6-story addition to the existing 1-story building and legalize as a 7-unit residential building.

7:50 PM – 8:10 PM
283-285 Hanover Street, NE Frog Pond LLC has applied to change the legal occupancy of the property from four (4) apartments and store to four (4) apartments and retail store (Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt) with #36A Take-Out.

8:10 PM –8:30 PM
240 Commercial Street, Billy Tse Restaurant has applied to the Boston Public Improvement Commission to add seasonal outdoor (sidewalk) seating to the existing restaurant, and also plans to seek an amendment to the current All Alcohol Beverage License to increase seating capacity.

8:30 PM – 8:50 PM
78-80 Salem Street, Chris Young has filed an appeal for zoning relief to add a second story to the existing 1-story building and expand the existing restaurant, Trattoria Pulcinella, into the second floor. The owner has filed revised architectural plans for the new windows, along with a request to add a condition that the roof not be used by restaurant patrons.

ZLC Announcements and Updates

8:50 PM – 9:00 PM

  • MassDOT Public Meeting on Parcel 9 Developer Selection Process
  • BRA Public Meetings on Downtown Waterfront Planning and Greenway District Zoning
  • Public Meeting on Bartlett Place Improvements

For more information about ZLC Committee meetings, contact David Kubiak, ZLC Committee Co-chair, at 617-833-9564.

Download the full agenda in PDF format.

13 Replies to “ZLC Committee Agenda Includes Pinkberry, LuLu’s, Billy Tse’s and Zoning Requests on Salem St., Garden Ct. and Cooper St.

  1. Does Pulcinella think that if they add a second floor, people will start to come? It must be the emptiest restaurant in the neighborhood, with Spagnuolo’s in second.

    1. A PinkBerry!? I can’t wait to watch the gelati businesses try to compete with the sorority girl set for business. The neighborhood is going to go corporate really soon . . . not a good thing.

    2. Me: I wonder if they are doing that to add some more square footage and sell it?

      I don’t get why they don’t drop prices a few bucks and get some more people in there. I almost feel bad about how empty it is in there night after night, but they are not doing themselves any favors with 25 dollar entrees in a neighborhood packed with better known restaurants.

      1. I agree – it is really depressing to see it so empty – waitstaff look like sad dogs waiting to be adopted. It really should change gears from an entree place back to an appetizer/small plates and wine bar as it kind of presents itself on the website.

        The real problem: the atmosphere and decor in there is bottom-rung IKEA-esque crap. The lighting is terribly uninviting. The place has no character. RENOVATE to look like higher end place and watch the people flock – – reclaimed wood and old filament style light bulbs, darken the lights, put on some mood music, and it could a really romantic little place.

        1. They have the liquor license. Use it! Imagine how much they could make just serving “craft cockails” and quick bites while people wait to go to Neptune!? They are not capitalizing on the foot traffic or their liquor license. The fact is – there is not a single place in the North End offering “craft cocktails” made by “mixologists” — maybe change the name to something that plays on the history of the neighborhood? Molasses Flood? Or maybe just call a spade a spade – “Mob Front”

  2. Anyone know what’s going on w/ the old Caffe’ Graffiti? It’s been months since we heard about a bakery and have seen no movement in that space for at least 3 or 4 months.

    1. Good question! I would think there would be some movement by now to be open by summer time tourist season. I’m shocked that location can’t make money with its outdoor seating and view of the Greenway.

  3. The 9 Cooper Street item…adding 6 floors to the existing 1 story? Are there even ANY 7 floor buildings in the neighborhood? It’s a narrow building too…seems like the tower would stand out a little too much.

    1. 7 stories would be pretty tall, they should get pared back to 5 or 6. you’re right that it is a narrow building footprint. Can’t be more than 600 sq ft each floor or so . . .

    2. It’s the old Cincotti funeral home building – on the left when you are walking from Salem Street. Chapel A if I recall correctly?

  4. I hope lulus get their ice cream back!! It was the best little treats to give my kids when they had it on Hanover. They still ask for it. Good luck!!!

  5. I hope LuLu’s Sweet Shop owner Sandra Russo gets what she is looking for.
    She is one of many North End business owners that gives back to the North End. She’s always willing to donate cupcakes, gift certificates and/or her time to anything going on in the North End.
    Good luck Sandy!!!!!

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