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Open Letter to Mayor Walsh on the Former St. Leonard Rectory, 14 N. Bennet St.

By Thomas F. SchiavoniSaint Leonard Church parishioner

A revised variance request by Epsilon Partners for 6 luxury condominium units at the former Saint Leonard Rectory on North Bennet Street has met ongoing neighborhood resistance, including votes in opposition by NEWRA and NEWNC, as well as a second rejection by NEWNC on a revised proposal.

A Saint Leonard parishioner, Thomas F. Schiavoni has forwarded an updated open letter to Mayor Martin Walsh questioning the proposed installation of ‘French windows’ in lieu of balconies as intrusive and disruptive of the liturgical celebrations within a house of worship.

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the City of Boston Board of Appeals, for a third time at the request of developers, deferred hearing their application for zoning relief until January 12, 2021.

See Schiavoni’s full letter below and read his previous letter from August 2020.


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3 Replies to “Open Letter to Mayor Walsh on the Former St. Leonard Rectory, 14 N. Bennet St.

  1. It has to be galling for the people who grew up in this neighborhood and lived in cold water flats to see City government behind a group of private equity developers who redesign buildings for maximum profit. The term “luxury apartments” is a term that means get out, to all that have lived here. The North End, never in it’s history has been a luxury place. These apartments won’t be marketed to people from this neighborhood. Rather people from the outside, with various means of wealth not generated from the working class in the neighborhood. Mostly likely, used as a dividend to the private equity participants. Kevin White facilitated the improvements in waterfront mainly to keep people in the neighborhood, I won’t mention unions. But mainly it benefited the people living here. This project represents a net loss to the people living here.

  2. I agree with the previous letter.
    ” These apartments won’t be marketed to people from this neighborhood. Rather people from the outside, with various means of wealth not generated from the working class in the neighborhood. ”
    This area did sustain the religious community and believers throughout the years
    Ann Piemonte Megargee

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