In a vote of 1-8, the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted to oppose a new development at 97 Salem Street. The current one-story property is occupied by Curator and the former location of Boston Common Coffee.
The new petition is brought by Salem Street Realty Trust, controlled by former North Enders Robert and Peter, whom intend to build a 5-story building with one commercial unit on the ground floor and four residential, rental apartments above. A roof deck is included in plans that would be for the sole use of the top unit tenants. The proposed building would not exceed 55 feet in height.
In an extended discussion, council members took exception to the added density and loss of light to neighboring properties. Abutters that attended a prior meeting similarly communicated their concerns regarding the lost views and roof deck noise. Business owners from Antico Forno/Terramia and Galleria Umberto also spoke in opposition to the project.
The plan was compared and contrasted with nearby developments, such as the 124-126 Salem Street, known as the Chrysanthemum building because of its ornate railings. Another five-story development is also being proposed at 149 Salem Street on the corner of Prince Street.
The longtime property owners at 97 Salem street explained they have reduced the proposed scale of the development from nine to four residential units with step-backed patios to reduce the impact to abutters. They also agreed to not use short-term rental services (i.e., Airbnb).
View the above video for the full discussion and NEWNC vote on the project. Questions start in the video at the 8 minute mark.