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Councilor Edwards Offers Zoning Board Amendment to Home Rule Petition

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (District 1) offered a revised draft of her home rule petition that was signed as an executive order by Mayor Marty Walsh in February 2020. Although the signed executive order addressed many of Councilor Edwards’ concerns regarding the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), she identified four areas of contention that she Read More…

Featured Government

City Council Discusses Effects of Zoning Variance Approvals on Boston Neighborhoods

City Councilor Liz Breadon (District 9) offered a hearing on zoning variances in Boston amid the ongoing conversation about rebuilding trust with residents regarding the Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) at a recent City Council meeting. According to Breadon, the Boston Zoning Code exists to preserve and protect neighborhoods against development that could potentially compromise Read More…

Community Featured Real Estate

Zoning Board of Appeal Hearing for St. Leonard’s Rectory Conversion Deferred Amid Neighborhood Opposition

Epsilon Partners requested a deferral for their Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) hearing on Tuesday, February 25, regarding the conversion of St. Leonard’s Rectory at 14 N. Bennet St. to residential units. The new hearing has been set for April 28, 2020 at 11:30am. Attorney Daniel Toscano, representative for Epsilon Partners, cited ongoing concerns from Read More…

Featured Government

Executive Order Will Increase Transparency & Efficiency of Zoning Board of Appeal

Mayor Walsh has signed an executive order to establish new, rigorous ethical standards for Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA). The goal of the order is to strengthen public confidence in the ZBA by increasing the level of transparency, accountability, and integrity, as well as improve functions and efficiencies. According to the City, the order Read More…

Event Notices Government

Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) Reform Public Hearing Feb. 25

The Boston City Council will hold a public hearing on legislation filed by District 1 Councilor Lydia Edwards (North End, Charlestown, and East Boston) regarding the Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) on Tuesday, February 25 at 4 p.m. in the Ianella Chamber, 5th floor of Boston City Hall. Councilor Edwards spoke about her goals to Read More…

Government

Councilor Edwards Proposes Zoning Board of Appeal Overhaul

District One City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who represents the North End, East Boston and Charlestown, has filed legislation to make changes to Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeal. Read the full statement from the Office of Councilor Edwards below. The proposed legislation would change the membership, mandate, electronic notice and records policy, staffing and standards of Read More…

Event Notices Real Estate

Zoning Board of Appeal Notices: 32 Charter Street and 173 Endicott Street

City of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal Tuesday, October 17 9:30am at Boston City Hall, Room 801 32 Charter Street McDonough Family LLP seeks to renovate and redesign existing floor condominium, extending residential use into the basement. 173 Endicott Street Daniel Toscano, attorney, representing owner who seeks to erect a four unit building with four Read More…

Real Estate

Rare Vote to Deny Height Addition by Zoning Board at 3-5 Quincy Court

The Boston Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) voted to deny a fourth story addition earlier this month at 3-5 Quincy Court in the North End. The denial action is very rare for a board that has a record of handing out zoning variances in the vast majority of cases before it. The ZBA vote was tied with Chair Christine Araujo voting Read More…

Community Real Estate

536 Commercial Street Listed for Sale After Controversial Zoning Relief Approval

Following a controversial zoning relief decision at 536 Commercial Street, the single-family residence was listed for sale this week at $3,995,000. Last summer, the Zoning Board of Appeal approved the conversion of the 3-family building into a single-family including an enlarged head house and roof deck on the 4-story building. The property was purchased for Read More…

Food & Drink

Pagluica’s Expansion “Sustained with Provisos” From BBA

Pagluica’s Restaurant at 14-16 Parmenter Street received a “Sustained with Provisos” decision from the Zoning Board of Appeal. This generally means approved with conditions. The restaurant was seeking to expand into the basement area with 16 seats and to amend its beer, wine & cordials license to serve those 16 additional seats. The change was Read More…