Video: 92-94 Salem Street zoning application at NEWNC on December 14, 2015
North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted 5-1 to support a revised application at 92-94 Salem Street where the petitioner, Nicholas D’Amore, is seeking to change the legal occupancy of the premises to 9 resident units and one commercial space by erecting a five-story residential building at 3 Wiget street.
Attorney Daniel Toscano said that in response to prior concerns, some of the smaller units were combined to allow for larger 2 bedroom units. The property will now have 9 units instead of the 11 formerly proposed. Roof access has also been restricted and a 5×10 sq. ft. trash room is now part of the plans. NEWNC voted against the former plan in September 2015.
The proposed structure would connect to the existing 6 residential units and commercial space (Wild Duck liquor store) at 92-94 Salem Street. The new building is not to exceed 55 feet in a multi-family residential zone. Full fire sprinklers will be installed throughout. 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.
An abutter raised concerns that the current property has not been well-maintained with consistent trash issues, including on the roof. She would also rather not have the building go as high as 5-stories given only 14 feet of space between her abutting building.
NEWNC’s vote is advisory. A hearing in front of the Zoning Board of Appeal is scheduled for January 26, 2016.