In a status update this week regarding the disputed Chapter 91 license at Long Wharf, the State has released a letter indicating that the proposed “Doc’s Restaurant falls within the Section 6(f)3 park boundary.” The letter implies the entire end of Long Wharf falls under the Land Water and Conservation Act which protects public investments against conversion to uses other than public outdoor recreation.
The DEP has been ordered by the State Superior Court to consider a 1980 National Park Service map (shown below) in its pending determination whether the Boston Redevelopment Authority should be granted a Chapter 91 license that would be used to develop the area for “Doc’s Long Wharf,” an enclosed 4,655 square-foot waterfront restaurant with outdoor cafe tables.
The letter favors the case long argued by the “North End Ten” resident group in their efforts against the Boston Redevelopment Authority to “Save Long Wharf” by showing that it is legally protected as a public park and open space.
The next status conference at DEP takes place on Monday, March 31st at 10:30 a.m.
Follow the history of the six year case here on NorthEndWaterfront.com through the tag, Doc’s Long Wharf.