The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) voted to oppose a zoning application that would allow the move of Pomodoro Restaurant to 204 Hanover Street, the former location of High Gear Jewelry. The jewelry store moved out in March 2013. Pomodoro, the Italian restaurant, is currently at 319 Hanover Street but said it was not able to renew its lease. The restaurant will be owned and operated by Siobhan Carew, long-time operator of Pomodoro.
The new property owner at 204 Hanover St. has applied to the Zoning Board of Appeal for a change of occupancy of the building from 1 apartment, 1 office and 1 retail store to 1 restaurant on the ground floor and basement and 2 residential apartments on the floors above. The building is a three-story masonry building which will be renovated. The violations are usable open space insufficient, rear yard insufficient, roof structure and building height restrictions, and off-street parking insufficient. The property is located in the Hanover Street Community Commercial zoning subdistrict, where restaurant is a conditional use in the basement and first story.
At the NEWRA meeting, a representative of the abutter in the Romano Florist property objected to having the proposed restaurant due to noise issues at the primarily residential property. While several in attendance praised Ms. Carew’s current restaurant, concerns were raised regarding losing another North End retail location to a restaurant.
Of the 35 members that voted, 7 supported the request while 28 voted against it. Thus, NEWRA will write a letter to the Zoning Board of Appeals opposing the application.
View the above video for the complete presentation, discussion and NEWRA vote, held on July 10, 2014. This issue will also be heard by the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) on July 14th. Both NEWRA and NEWNC are advisory to city officials that will make the final determination on this application.