The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) voted unanimously on Monday night to oppose a proposal to add a one-story addition at 49-49R Charter Street. The petition also calls for legalizing the basement and boosting the occupancy from six to eight residences.

Video: Presentation and discussion at NEWNC regarding 49 Charter Street in Boston’s North End.
Street view of 49-49R Charter Street, proposed site of renovation
Abutters have windows on left building and oppose the one-story addition.

Abutters with 4th and 5th floor windows facing the property adamantly objected at the meeting, highlighting how the additional height that would impair their existing light, air and views. The expansion would increase the height of the building from its current 39 feet, but not exceed 55 feet, while adding a sprinkler system.

The new owner of the property has agreed to have an existing resident “age in place” at the renovated building.

The petitioner representing 49 Charter Street LLC was not present at the meeting due to a death in the family. Attorney Daniel Toscano presented the proposal with input by RMG Realty’s Phil Celeste as property manager.

Neighborhood group votes are advisory to Boston city officials, including the Zoning Board of Appeal, that will make the final determination.

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  1. Is 17 Sheafe St the next building to fall down?

    I know it would never happen but would love to see a moratorium on building expansions in the North End.


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