This is brief report of what happened at Thursday night’s meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). The group voted to support two of four zoning and licensing applications.
Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt franchise at 283-285 Hanover Street received a supportive 26-10 vote from NEWRA members for zoning relief and a #36A take out request.
Billy Tse Restaurant, 240 Commercial Street, split the membership 18-19, with one vote resulting in an opposing result for its proposed seasonal outdoor sidewalk seating. The request also included an associated amendment for its all-alcohol beverage license to increase seating capacity from 90 to 110. (NEWNC voted to support this request.)
Elaine DiGangi at 9 Cooper St. received a vote of 22-14 from NEWRA in support of zoning variances for a 55′ high residential building which was revised down from 66′ in a previous proposal.
Chris Young, 78-80 Salem St. received a 10-27 vote in opposition to an appeal for zoning relief to add a second story to the existing 1-story building and expand the existing restaurant, Trattoria Pulcinella. (NEWNC voted to support this application.)
City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo spoke about his 2013 initiatives including Invest in Boston, Youth Affairs and reducing Air Pollution. The Councilor also took questions from neighborhood residents. No vote was taken … that’s in November.
NEWRA and NEWNC votes are advisory only to city officials that make the final determination. More on each of these will be forthcoming in separate posts.