The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted 2-4 to oppose plans for a 5-story addition in the rear of 92-96 Salem Street, owned by Nicholas D’Amore. Represented by Attorney Daniel Toscano, the property owner is looking to develop the space and change the legal occupancy of the premises from 6 residential units to 11, keeping zoning for 2 stores on the ground level. The address is also known as 3 Wiget Street on the opposite side of the property.
The applicant is proposing to tear down the 1-story building, build a 5-story new building and combine the parcel with the adjacent property. The five new units would be 1-bedroom apartments in the 500-600 square foot range. By combining the property, the new units can access existing stairwells. Zoning relief is being sought for open space violations, no off-street parking, insufficient rear-yard setback and an increased floor area ratio (FAR) from 2.1 to 3.4. The owner intends to live at the building.
The NEWNC vote is the second vote against the proposal after the Residents’ Association voted to oppose it last week. An abutter spoke in opposition to the plans, raising concerns about the history of upkeep such as trash being left on the roof for years.
New to the design since the NEWRA meeting is an internal trash room. The change was a response to feedback about trash problems at the property. The trash room was questioned by NEWNC members regarding whether it would be of sufficient size to support 11 units.
View the video above for the full presentation and discussion at the meeting. Both NEWNC and NEWRA votes are advisory to the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals that is expected to hear the case in October.