Mayor Marty Walsh came out strongly against the proposed North End location at the Charter Realty development on Cross Street, between Hanover and Salem.
“After hearing the concerns from residents about sustaining the culture and historic nature of the North End, I encouraged the applicant to withdraw the proposal to locate a Starbucks at the entrance to the North End,” said Mayor Walsh.
“Our community process works best when we communicate effectively and work together. Representative Aaron Michlewitz and I want to thank everyone who vocalized their concerns and feedback in this process.”
The news is a win for the “Stop Starbucks – North End” group, led by local businesses and residents. Without the Mayor’s support, it could be difficult for Starbucks to obtain the necessary permits for its take out license at 198 Hanover Street from the zoning and licensing boards.
As noted by Universal Hub, however, the Starbucks at City Point in South Boston received approval from zoning and licensing boards over the Mayor’s objections.
Opponents of a proposed North End Starbucks made a powerful showing at a nearly three hour public meeting on June 28th. The issue at hand is a take-out license request by the coffee company under consideration by city officials at 198 Hanover Street, part of the Charter Realty development along Cross Street. The gathering was moderated by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.
A consistent chorus representing many North End businesses, along with several residents, repeatedly expressed the view that Starbucks does not fit at the Gateway to the North End, a term referencing the stretch along Cross Street facing the Greenway between Hanover and Salem Streets.