Three of the four At-Large City Councilors have written letters to the Boston Redevelopment Authority opposing the proposed Lewis Wharf hotel development. Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley and Stephen Murphy have come out against the project by proponents JW Capital Partners and Moriarty & Associates. (See letters below.) The office of City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty has indicated that Flaherty will not take a position at this time. The city councilors are up for re-election on November 3, 2015 along with candidate Anissa Essaibi George, who has written her own letter opposing the development..
The three city councilors at-large are joined in their opposition by District 1 Councilor Sal LaMattina as well as State Representative Aaron Michlewitz and State Senator Anthony Petruccelli. [See Elected Officials Take Stand Against Lewis Wharf Hotel Project].
Mayor Marty Walsh has not yet taken a position on the Lewis Wharf project. According to the BRA project manager, after the comment period the BRA will consider whether to bring the proposal to its board for a vote as part of the Article 80, Large Project Review. State approval, specifically in accordance with Chapter 91 regulations, would then be required to permit the project. The developer has stated that its proposal, at 55′ high and 50% open space, is 100% compliant with all existing city zoning and state guidelines.
October 15th is the public comment deadline. Comments can be emailed for the record to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sent: 10/9/2015 3:38:31 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Lewis Wharf Opposition
Having an open dialogue with constituents is the best way to ensure that your needs are represented. The clear opposition expressed in letters, emails and in meetings by so many long-term residents of the City of Boston to the proposed development at Lewis Wharf is evident. This proposed development would diminish the historic charm of Boston’s oldest residential neighborhood, instead of enhance it. I would like to ensure all of my concerned constituents that I too, am opposed to the development. I am in full support of the neighbors and abutters on this matter.
Thank you for reaching out.
Stephen J. Murphy
Boston City Council
One City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Office: (617) 635-4376
Update: October 16, 2015
We have received the following opposition letter from Annissa Essaibi George, Candidate for Boston City Councilor At-Large.