Charter Realty was at the Nazzaro Center to inform residents about the proposed demolition to take place at 198 Hanover Street, 60 Cross Street, and 53 Salem Street in Boston’s North End. These three buildings, owned by Charter Realty, will be demolished for a 5,500 square feet development that would span from Hanover Street to Salem Street.
The demolition has not yet commenced due to an Article 85 Demolition Delay. Two of the buildings, 198 Hanover Street and 53 Salem Street, will undergo review by the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC), that requires an automatic application for buildings at least fifty years of age.
The BLC hearing will take place on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, where a determination will be made to authorize the demolition or delay it 90 days. Charter will not be pulling building permits until the BLC application process is complete. If approved, the building permits are planning to be submitted in March.
The buildings are currently made up of commercial spaces and three residential units that are above the commercial space on 53 Salem Street. The new proposal will be comprised of all commercial space, and the removal of the current billboard that sits over the old location of Bread + Butter on Cross Street.
Company representatives said demolition could start in the Fall of 2017. After demolition, a slab foundation will cover the entire surface of the former three buildings, but will not protrude onto the brick plaza on Cross Street, which is owned by MassDOT.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017: Boston Landmarks Commission Public Hearing will be at City Hall, Room 900, from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Written comments are welcome to BLC by the date of the hearing.