North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Updates and Reports from July Meeting

Mary McGee announced she will be finishing her final term as President of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) later this year. This role will need to be filled when elections are held in October.

Mary reminded the members that NEWRA is participating the the new Harborfront Neighborhood Alliance. Executive members of the association can’t make the meetings due to timing, but for those interested, reach out to Mary for more information on how to be a NEWRA representative.

Zoning, Licensing, & Construction (ZLC) Report: Victor Brogna 

The last ZLC meeting was held on June 26th, 2018.

Brogna informed the members that Attorney Daniel Toscano representing Starbucks, which was widely opposed in the North End, and Charter Realty both decided to defer coming to the July NEWRA meeting.

Agenda items 20 Moon Street and 97 Salem Street also chose to defer this month’s meeting.

On the March ZLC agenda was 38 Fleet Street, which was finally discussed at the July NEWRA meeting. Brogna said that the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) was what took the item so long to make it to a meeting. 38 Fleet Street wants to add two more stories and two more units to the three-story building. NEWRA ended up not supporting the additions.

The next ZLC meeting will be on July 24th. The items on the agenda include:

  • 64 Salem Street – Going Bananas applying to obtain a retail beer and wine license
  • 87 Salem Street – Tobacco Shop
  • 33 North Margin Street
  • 279 North Street

No representatives from local elected officials’ offices were present at this meeting for announcements.

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. The meetings are at 7:00 p.m. at the Nazzaro Center, 30 N. Bennet Street.

See the Community Calendar for the latest meeting and event updates!


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3 Replies to “North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) Updates and Reports from July Meeting

  1. Good job NEWRA, now when you come into the North End from Hanover St, it looks like a Ghetto.. you have one whole block with closed business.. I’m sure the mom and pop stores will be able to afford 30k a month rent…. Maybe a check cashing store will go there…

    1. Unfortunately, the North End has unwritten rules that no one can follow. There is no plan. Businesses try to acquire space and then are denied If there was specific criteria then they could plan their business accordingly or look elsewhere. As it stands now, know one knows what is acceptable for that location, but they only learn what is unacceptable after they invested time and money to open the business.

  2. Caveat emptor…maybe Charter shouldn’t have overpaid for a property at which the only way to turn a profit is to charge 30k/mo.

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