The two North End / Waterfront neighborhood groups disagreed in separate meetings this week on whether to support or oppose zoning relief at 5 Jackson Avenue. At the center of the discussion is a rooftop 348 square foot addition adjacent to an abutting resident property at 3 Jackson Avenue.
North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted unanimously to support the proposal while North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) voted 15-22 to oppose zoning relief at the property. The NEWNC meeting video is shown above and the NEWRA meeting video is shown at the end of this post.
Charlie and Carla Kim, represented by Attorney Daniel Toscano, are new owners of 5 Jackson Avenue and have applied to change the legal occupancy of the building from a two-family dwelling to a one-family dwelling. They propose to erect a one-story addition with a private roof deck. The building will be fully sprinklered and the height will be 46 feet. The owners and their multi-generational family intend to occupy the building.
Speaking in opposition of the zoning relief are Paul Kafasis and his partner Maggie who own and reside at 3 Jackson Avenue. The abutters are concerned about impact on light, air and views from their property as a result of the addition. They presented images of the impact on their views, also noting the light well between the 2 properties.
Both NEWNC and NEWRA are advisory to city officials at the Zoning Board of Appeal who will make the final determination. A hearing date is expected in early July.