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NEWRA Zoning, Licensing & Construction Report – October 2013

The following report was distributed by the Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA).

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NORTH END/WATERFRONT RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 130319
Boston, MA 02113
www.newra.org

Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee Report
October 10, 2013

Current Applications

There are no zoning or licensing applications on the October 10, 2013 general meeting agenda for vote consideration.

Letters of “No Objection”

The following two appeals were presented and discussed at the ZLC Committee meeting on September 24, 2013. NEWRA’s Executive Committee subsequently approved the recommendation of the ZLC Committee not to bring these appeals to NEWRA members for vote, but instead to send letters to the Zoning Board of Appeal stating that NEWRA has “no objection.” In both cases, no abutter or broader community concerns were raised.

422-424 Hanover Street, Margot Seligman filed a zoning appeal to change the legal occupancy of the property from four (4) residential apartments and restaurant to five (5) residential apartments and expand the proposed first floor apartment’s living space into the basement. The Board of Appeal hearing is scheduled for October 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m., in City Hall, Room 801.

37 Charter Street, Filomania Falcucci filed a zoning appeal to change the legal occupancy of her 4-bedroom, 3,000 square foot residential unit to two 2-bedroom units by splitting the unit. The Board of Appeal hearing is scheduled for October 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m., in City Hall, Room 801.

Other Recent Applications

The following application was presented and discussed at the ZLC Committee meeting on September 24, 2013, but the application had already been approved by the Licensing Board after a hearing at City Hall on September 18. NEWRA will send a letter to the Licensing Board stating that the application was approved before NEWRA had an opportunity to vote on it.

130 Salem Street, Monica’s Mercato, Inc. applied to the Licensing Board to amend the existing C.V. 7-day Malt and Wine Retail License to change the description of the business space from one room on the first floor with basement storage to two rooms on the first floor with basement storage.

At the ZLC Committee meeting, owner Jorge Mendoza stated that the percentage of space within the market for the sale of alcohol will remain the same, and that the market will continue to focus on Italian food and food products.

Major Development Projects

Boston Garden Project

Written public comments on the Expanded Project Notification Form must be submitted by mail, email or fax by Thursday, October 24, 2013, to Peter Meade, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Attn: John Fitzgerald, Project Manager, One City Hall Square, Boston MA 02201.

Email to John.Fitzgerald.BRA@cityofboston.gov. Fax to 617-248-1937.

Written public comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report must be submitted by mail, email or fax by Friday, November 8, 2013, to Secretary Richard K. Sullivan, Jr.. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Attn: MEPA Office, Alex Strysky, EEA No. 15052, 100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900

Boston MA 02114. Email to Alexander.Strysky@state.ma.us. Fax to 617-626-1181.

Government Center Garage Project

Written public comments on the Draft Project Impact Report must be submitted by mail, email or fax by Wednesday, November 6, 2013, to Peter Meade, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority, ATTN: John Fitzgerald, Project Manager, One City Hall Square, Boston MA 02201.

Email to John.Fitzgerald.BRA@cityofboston.gov. Fax to 617-248-1937.

Next ZLC Committee Meeting:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 7:00 PM, Mariners House, 11 North Square.

Tentative Agenda:

28-30 Cooper Street, Patricia Trodella, change the legal occupancy from a two (2) family dwelling and store to a three (3) family dwelling, allowing residential use of the first floor consistent with past use prior to a damaging fire.

2 Mechanic Street, Frank DePasquale has purchased the restaurant formerly “Ida’s” and applied for transfer of the Malt and Wine License, addition of Cordials, and expansion of service to a proposed 48-seat seasonal outdoor dining patio. Closing hour will remain at midnight, 7 days.

230 Hanover Street, Il Villaggio Restaurant, has applied to amend its C.V. 7-day Malt and Wine License to add Cordials. The restaurant plans to change its name to “Trevi.” No other business changes.

92-96 Salem Street, The Wild Duck, Sal DiGirolamo (Manager), has applied to the Licensing Board to expand the All-Alcohol Retail business in the basement, for additional storage.

6 Prince Street, Artu Restaurant, Nancy Frattaroli, has applied to the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing to extend the licensed hours for Non-Live Entertainment to 2:00 AM. No other license or business changes.

124-126 Salem Street, Colin Yip, is seeking zoning relief to construct a 5-story building to include 13 residential units, 6 parking spaces and commercial space on a parcel long used as a surface parking lot.

NEWRA comments on development projects: Boston Garden Project, Government Center Garage Project

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