Real Estate

NEWRA Membership Votes Against Renovation at 16 Hull St.

In a very close vote, the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) voted 23 to 21 against a zoning application that would turn a 5 unit building into 8 smaller units.The application is by Peter McGinnis for his planned renovation at 16 Hull Street. The vote contrasts with the supportive vote  (5-2) by the neighborhood council Read More…

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NEWNC Supports Zoning Change for Smaller Apartments at 16 Hull Street

At this week’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council meeting, NEWNC supported a zoning change application for 16 Hull Street, to increase the number of apartments from 5 to 8 smaller units. Peter McGinnis, a developer with other North End buildings, recently purchased the building and plans a complete renovation. The plan is to make 8 units out of the Read More…

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SJC Listens to Fustolo vs Hollander

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard oral arguments today for the case of Fustolo v. Hollander on the issue of petitioning activity. This appeal arises out of a defamation action by a North End real estate developer, Fustolo, against a North End newspaper writer, Hollander, where the defendant claimed that her writings constituted protected petitioning activities Read More…

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North End Union Receives “Sustained With Provisos” Decision From ZBA

Sustained with provisos means the variance is approved with conditions. The application was to add one story to the building which is undergoing renovation. During the neighborhood meetings, the owner agreed not to have a restaurant or patio at the location. See the links below for more detail. See also: North End Union Looks to Read More…

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Seaport District Master Plan Remains Unfulfilled

Nearly ten years ago, a master plan was developed for the Seaport District, including a residential component that was supposed to fill about one-third of the area. From the perspective of the densely residential North End/Waterfront neighborhood, it is interesting to watch the changing direction of the South Boston Waterfront.   Ten years later, the Read More…

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Hull Street Renovation Needs Zoning Relief

Peter McGinnis is seeking a variance to change the legal zoning from 5 to 8 units at 16 Hull Street. The plans were presented to the zoning committee of the North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association on October 28, 2009. McGinnis purchased the building in July 2009 and will be renovating the inside, without changing the exterior Read More…

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Office Market Down While Residential Sales Perk Up

In the last 2 days, Banker & Tradesman has released two notable real estate reports: Boston Office Vacancies Rise 40 Percent In Q3 Over ’08 Boston’s office vacancy rate rose to 13 percent in the third quarter this year, a 40 percent jump year-over-year from Q3 in 2008, according to a report published today by Read More…

Police & Fire Real Estate

North End Reporter Takes Developer’s Lawsuit to Mass Supreme Court

Several years ago, Steven Fustolo, a developer who has done numerous projects in the North End, sued a North End reporter, Fredda Hollander for articles she wrote in the Regional Review. Many may know her as a founder, editor, and writer for the North End News. The progress of this lawsuit has been a topic Read More…

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ZLC Meeting Agenda: Cross St Sidewalk & Good Neighbor Agreement

Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association Meeting Agenda Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 7:00 PM The Pilot House, 2 Atlantic Avenue Zoning and Licensing Applications 7:00 PM – 7:20 PM 16 Hull St., Peter McGinnis (owner), has filed an application seeking Board of Appeal approval to change use from 5 residential units to Read More…