The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) met on April 14, 2014 to discuss and consider several community initiatives. A summary of the issues discussed and the results for voting items are shown below. (The numbers in parenthesis refer to times in the above video so you can jump to areas of interest.)
(00:00) Welcome and introductions by NEWNC President, Philip Frattaroli
- (00:25) Roll Call: Philip Frattaroli, John Pregmon, Toni Gilardi, Ryan Kenny, Maria Lanza, David Marx, Jorge Mendoza, Marie Simboli, Anne Devlin Tagliaferro (Not present: Gennaro Riccio, Ralph Verrocchi)
- (03:00) NEWNC’s new website allows for comments to be submitted on individual applications.
- (03:30) NEWNC’s effort toward a unification with NEWRA has been rejected. No further discussions are scheduled at this time.
(04:30) Traffic and Parking Committee report by Ryan Kenny – Street sweeping and enforcement has started
(05:00) Public Safety Committee report by David Marx (05:00)
(09:10) Greenway Committee report by John Pregmon
(14:05) Election Committee report by Maria Lanza
- Residents interesed in running in the May 17, 2014 NEWNC election can pickup nomination papers starting April 25th at the Nazzaro Community Center front desk. Six seats on NEWNC will be determined at the May 17th election.
(15:15) Taste of the North End announcement to support North End non-profits, May 2nd, tickets available
(16:10) Eliot School update by Jorge Mendoza – Extending the school day by one hour each day (More information)
(21:00) Ferrara’s/ Urban Cantina, 76 Salem St: Change of ownership from Vincent Ferrara to Urban Cantina/Frank Scire. Intention is to keep the layout and hours of the restaurant the same, but change the menu to Mexican cuisine. (Licensing Board hearing date 04/16, Atty. Daniel Toscano)
NEWNC Vote: 8-0 in support.
(27:00) 106 Prince Street, LLC: Owner of the property at 106 Prince Street has applied to the Inspectional Services Department to change the occupancy from 7 residential units to 8 residential units. (ZBA hearing date 04/22, Atty. William Ferullo)
NEWNC Vote: 8-0 in support.
(31:50) Ida’s Restaurant/Acqua, 1-4 Mechanic Court: Frank DePasquale is seeking zoning relief to allow for changing the residential use of the existing first floor apartment to restaurant use. The addition to the restaurant space will allow for bathrooms and handicap accessibility to the bathrooms and an additional 22 indoor seats. His application asks to “ change the occupancy of 1-4 Mechanic Court from 7 apartments and a restaurant, use #37 to 6 apartments and a restaurant use #37 with an outdoor patio.” (ZBA hearing date 04/22, William Ferullo)
NEWNC Vote: 8-0 in support
(38:35) R.U.F.F., Parcel 12: Responsible Urbanites for Fido presented to the council seeking neighborhood support to designate Parcel 12 of the Greenway into a dog park. (pro se)
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