The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted 10-1 on Monday night to oppose proposed signs for the 7-Eleven store that recently opened at 340 Hanover Street in the space formerly occupied by the White Hen Pantry.
NEWNC’s opposition may be moot because the Boston Redevelopment Authority already granted the chain store a permit for the signage last week after receiving a comment letter from the Residents’ Association. NEWRA reviewed the application last December and requested specific changes, including the removal of window signs and decals.
The 7-Eleven representatives did not show up at the December 2013 NEWNC meeting despite being on the agenda. NEWNC members brought up not only that slight, but the disruptive all-hours (and weekends) remodeling process that resulted in at least one stop work order. As for the signage, some NEWNC members questioned the acrylic material proposed favoring instead something like the carved wooden type similar to the CVS on Hanover Street.
Other concerns included the lack of a deli, proximity to another 7-11 down the block and nightime delivery problems. The latter issue was identified at the meeting by State Representative Aaron Michlewitz.
7-Eleven representatives said the store at 340 Hanover Street is currently owned by 7-11 corporate but is up for sale to be franchised. The new franchise owner could change the store’s operations, and potentially apply for extended hours and a retail alcohol license.
View the video above for the full discussion and vote at the January 13, 2014 Neighborhood Council meeting. Shown below is the proposed sign package.