Joseph Pace, property owner at 42 Cross Street, is seeking a zoning change from commercial space to allow for parking on the property. Represented by Giovanni Demambro at the September 14, 2015 North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting, it was explained that the building will be torn down and replaced with 12 parking spaces. The site is the location of the longtime J. Pace & son store that closed in October 2014.
The proponent said Joe Pace would like the parking lot to eventually be replaced by a new building. In addition to the poor condition of the building, the configuration of the expressway ramps after the Big Dig has left the location in a poor spot regarding foot traffic, said DeMarco.
Developers have expressed interest in the property but there has been no agreement because they haven’t been willing to “do right” by the neighborhood. Abutters have expressed their current preference for a parking lot rather than a building. A temporary sandwich shop is also being considered in addition to the parking lot.