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Residents Association Reports: Lewis Wharf Pilings, Love Month and Liquor License Expansion

The January 10, 2019 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) started with a number of notable announcements and reports. Follow along with this summary and video timeline.

(00:00) Welcome and introduction by NEWRA President Cheryl Delgreco

(02:30) Lewis Wharf Pilings – The group that advocated against a new hotel development at Lewis Wharf is circulating a petition to remove the unused harbor pilings at the site.

(04:30) Parks representative Robyn Reed announced that Friends of Christopher Columbus Park are planning a “Month of Love” with events and features at the park during February.

(05:00) Zoning, Licensing and Construction (ZLC) Committee Chair, Victor Brogna, has not received any new requests or applications for this month.

(05:50) Brogna also reported on Mayor Walsh’s refiling of a Home Rule Petition that former Councilor Pressley had been advocating for over the last few years to expand the number of liquor licenses in Boston. The proposal calls for 184 new non-transferable licenses over three years, targeting mostly underserved neighborhoods. Restrictions in the plan would allow no more than 3 new city-wide licenses per year in the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the North End.