A proposal for a Chase Bank at the corner of Cross Street and Salem Street, former location of Peet’s Coffee and Goody Glover’s before that, was presented to both the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council and North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association at their February meetings.
The bank would be a change of use from a restaurant to a bank location, along with a possible ATM. Chase is also considering a sit-down area on the patio that would be for public use, similar to the benches and tables on the Greenway.
Proponents argue Chase can provide stability at this corner that has seen frequent turnover due to ownership changes and subsequent rent increases. Indeed, representatives from the bank emphasized they would commit to a 10-year-lease. On the other hand, opponents continue to argue for a local business at this corner, often referred to as part of the “Gateway to the North End.” They want to see a business that emphasizes the culture and history of the neighborhood.
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Note: The conditional use changes from a restaurant to a bank location, along with a possible ATM, would require zoning board of appeals approval. Chase has not yet filed with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD).
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