January 2016 Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monday, January 11th, 2016, 7:00 PM

  1. Welcome:  NEWNC President
  2. Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President
  3. Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President
  4. President’s Report:  NEWNC President
  5. Committee Reports:
    1. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny
    2. Public Safety Committee: Sean Hennessy
    3. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon
  6. Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials
  7. Wireless Distrubuted Antenna System: Extenet Systems to provide information on the recent upgrade of the Wireless Distributed Antenna Systen Network for the City of Boston.  Project will include installation of individual wireless nodes within the North End.    
  8. 4 Cleveland Place, Trecia Puopolo: Petitioner seeking to to change from a three story, single family dwelling to a four story plus mezzanine, three family dwelling.  Property not to exceed 55 ft. (Atty. Daniel Toscano)
  9. 57 Fleet Street, Constantine Davides: Petitioner seeking approval of a small mechanical unit attached to a adjacent to an existing private roof deck. (Arch. Stephen Gallagher)
  10. Cantina Italiana, 346 Hanover St., Fiore Colella:  Petitioner seeking to upgrade their Wine & Malt with Cordials license to an All Alcohol License with no change of hours, description or operation.  (Atty. William Ferullo, Licensing Board Hearing Jan. 27th).
  11.  Mare, 3 Mechanic St., Frank DePasquale:  Petitioner seeking to upgrade their Wine & Malt with Cordials license to an All Alcohol License with no change of hours, description or operation.  (Atty. William Ferullo, Licensing Board Hearing Jan. 27th).
  12. Monica’s Trattoria, 67 Prince St., Jorge, Frank and Patrick Mendoza:  Petitioner seeking to upgrade their Wine & Malt with Cordials license to an All Alcohol License with no change of hours, description or operation.  (Atty. William Ferullo, Licensing Board Hearing Jan. 27th).
  13. Ducali Pizzeria, 289 Causeway St., Jorge, Philip Frattaroli:  Petitioner seeking to upgrade their Wine & Malt with Cordials license to an All Alcohol License with no change of hours, description or operation.  (Atty. William Ferullo, Licensing Board Hearing Jan. 27th).
  14. Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

 

June 2015 Monthly Meeting Agenda


Monday, June 8, 2015, 7:00PM

1.   Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.   Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.   Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.   Committee Reports:

        a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

        b. Public Safety Committee:  Maria Lanza

 c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

        d.   Election Committee: Anne Devlin Tagliaferro

5.   Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials

6.   278 Hanover Street, Trattoria Il Panino Hanover Inc.,:  Following the sale of Café Pompeii to Trattoria Il Panino Hanover Inc., DePasquale Ventures seeking approval of three license transfers.  The first is the purchase of a Wine and Malts with Cordial license (2:00 AM) from FP Café, LLC to Il Panino Hanover.  The second is the transfer of that License to V-Lounge, Inc.  an establishment outside of the North End and third, concurrent to the second transaction, the transfer of V-Lounge, Inc.’s All Alcohol License to 278 Hanover St.  (Atty. William Ferullo, Licensing Board hearing June 17).

7.   3-5 Quincy Court, City Realty Group, LLC:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to change occupancy to six family, add one story addition (4th floor) and roof decks, build new apartment floors and add basement.  (Atty. Daniel Toscano, ZBA date t.b.d.).

8.   417 Hanover St.:  Confirm the legal occupancy to 8 units and restaurant (Daniel Toscano, ZBA tbd).’

9.   290 North Street, Patricia Muse and Leo Caruso:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to change occupancy from a single unit to 6 residential units, renovate and expand into basement.  (Atty. William Ferullo, ZBA date t.b.d.).

10.   Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments

May 2015 Monthly Meeting Minutes

May 11th, 2015 Meeting Minutes

  1. Welcome: President Philip Frattaroli calls meeting into order at 7PM

  2. Call to Order and Roll Call: Maria Lanza, John Pregmon, Philip Frattaroli, Gennaro Riccio, Ann Devlin Tagliaferro, Marie Simboli,  Jorge Mendoza, Ralph Verrocchi, David Marx are present

  3. Meeting Protocol: John Pregmon reads off the meeting protocol

  4. Committee Reports:

    1. Resident parking/Traffic Committee:

      1. No news to report

    2. Public Safety Committee: (David Marx)

      1. May 7th’s public safety meeting discussed 1 residential breaking, 1 commercial breaking and entering, and 1 aggravated assault

      2. There was also a brief discussion about the fire that occurred on Stillman St. in April, and what the cause was.

      3. A fire hydrant was toppled over in the dog park and in response, the dog park will now close at 7PM as opposed to the previous 9PM close.

    3. Greenway Committee: (John Pregmon)

      1. Janet Echelman Aerial Sculpture is now displayed on the Greenway until the middle of October.

    4. Election Committee:

      1. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro reads off the ballot for the 2015 NEWNC election that will take place on May 16th, 2015 between 10AM and 2Pm at the Nazzaro Community Center.

        1. Jorge Mendoza, Carmen Guarino, Philip Frattaroli, Ralph Verrocchi, David Marx, Alessandra Sussi, Sean Hennessey, and Maria Lanza

  5. Reports for the offices of local elected officials:

    1. Nicole Leo reports that she will no longer be serving as the liaison to the North End from  Mayor Marty Walsh’s Office.

    2. Maria Puopolo from Senator Petruccelli’s Office has nothing new to report

    3. Patrick Lyons Reports that there will be a Boston City Council meeting on May 12th in regards to Air BnB’s short term rentals of units within Boston.

    4. John Fitzgerald representing the Boston Redevelopment Authority and currently serving as the Chief of Olympic Operations for the City of Boston attends meeting to answer any questions that North End Residents may have regarding the 2024 Olympic Games in Boston. He announces that the City would like to see if hosting the Olympics could benefit the City enough to expedite their current plans for the 400th anniversary of Boston in 2030. They do not want to host the Olympics if it will interfere or disrupt their current plans. No tax dollars will be used towards developing any infrastructure for the Olympics, unless it is already in the City’s plans for Go Boston 2030.

      1. Philip Frattaroli asks about which events will take place near the North End.

        1. Gold medal basketball game, and gymnastics

        2. All plans are flexible because an initial draft of the games is due to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by January 2016.

      2. Sean Hennessey asks if there is a lack of support for the games, does the City have any insurance to bridge the gap if corporate companies do not help fund the Olympics

        1. The mayor does not want to mortgage the future of Boston to host the Olympics. There is an insurance policy that covers the City  up until 2017 when the winner of the bid will be announced, for up on to $25 million dollars. Since the insurance policy is in place, the City would like to take the next two years to discuss hosting the Olympics.

      3. David Marx asks about the cost of security for the Olympics and if the City will be liable to pay security if the Federal Government cannot cover the entire cost

        1. The Federal Government is expected to pay $1 billion dollars to cover the cost of security for the Olympics; if they cannot then the United States cannot host the Olympics.

      4. Resident of the North End (Dave), asks about the BRA’s role in the 2024 Olympics Games

        1. He states that he is not on the Board for the Olympic Games, but he serves as a liaison for the City, to make sure that the plans for the Olympics stay in line with the future plans that the BRA has for Boston. The city wide master plan and transportation plan need to happen and that is the main focus, the Olympics are only possible if they can support that current vision.

      5. Ford Cavallari believes that Boston may be too far out from being able to fix things such as the public transportation system by 2024.

        1. The City is planning to improve the existing public transportation to accommodate this problem since constructing new alternatives would indeed take some time and may not be completed by 2024.

      6. Victor Brogna asks where people can go to see the future plans for the City.

        1. People can go to www.ImagineBoston.com for future transportation plans, and contact Olympics@Boston.gov for any other questions related to the Olympics.  

  6. NEWNC Candidate Forum:

    1. Jorge Mendoza

      1. Helped develop the Elliot School

      2. Wants to be on the Council because he believes that we should be lobbying to the City so that they can help grow the North End, and receive what we as taxpayers are entitled to.

      3. Passionate for assisting the elderly in the neighborhood.

    2. Carmen Guarino

      1. North End Reisdent since he was four years old, and his family has lived here their whole life.

      2. Director of Boston’s Branch for Citizen’s Bank

      3. Sits on the Finance Council for St. Leonard’s Parish

      4. Had job opportunity in Chicago, but declined so that he could stay in the North End and live in the neighborhood.

    3. Philip Frattaroli

      1. President of the Council for over a year, with four years served on the Council.

      2. As a small business owner and a property owner, he knows how to balance the North End after personally dealing with all of the issues that come before the Council.

      3. His experience as President on the Council and the licensing process allows him to know what questions to ask petitioners coming before NEWNC.

    4. Ralph Verrocchi

      1. Owns a small business in the North End,

      2. Youth basketball coach in the North End, and loves to help out the youth programs.

      3. Loves being on NEWNC and giving back to the community.

    5. David Marx

      1. Came to the North End in 1997 and came onto the Council six years ago after running unsuccessfully four times.

      2. Current represents NEWNC at public safety meetings and has a good relationship with the A-1 police.

      3. He would like to work on revamping the trash and recycling policies

      4. Believes in cleaner streets, and would like to hold absentee landlords more accountable for their property.

    6. Alessandra Sussi

      1. Third generation North Ender that understands the essence of the North End.

      2. Understands the new demographic of the North End being that so many young professionals and college students have moved to the neighborhood.

      3. Seeing the North End as a kid she would like to help keep the best of both the Old North End and what it has become.

    7. Sean Hennessey

      1. Currently does PR for Boston College.

      2. Former Channel 7 news reporter.

      3. Came to the North End for it’s character, and to start his family here since 1996.

      4. Tee-ball coach, and a Condominium Trustee

      5. Wants to balance development of the North End and the character that made him decide to move here.

    8. Maria Lanza

      1. Came onto NEWNC as soon as she turned 18, and just finished first term.

      2. Her mother served on the Council and she wanted to follow in her footsteps.

      3. Understands how zoning and licensing works after her first term.

      4. Likes the fact that she can encourage friends and the youth to get involved with the neighborhood.

  7. 414 Commercial Street, Nick Leo: Petitioner seeking zoning relief to change the commercial space to residential unity (Atty. Daniel Toscano, Licensing Board May 13th)

    1. ZBA hearing date is scheduled for June 23rd. There are currently eight residential units over the chiropractor’s office. There are two existing violations: open space violation and an off street parking violation. There was no opposition at their abutters meeting.

    2. Council Questions:

      1. Ann asks how many square feet are in the unit and if the basement will be used.

        1. There are over 300 square feet. The basement will be used for storage not as a living space.

      2. Dave asks how long construction will take.

        1. In the fall they are going for their permit, there are no dates yet for construction.

    3. Audience Questions:

      1. Resident of the North End (Steve) voices support for conversion.

  8. 74 Commercial Street, Francine & Jim Gannon: Petitioner seeking zoning relief to enclose an outdoor deck. (pro se, ZBA date TBD)

    1. Lived on Hull St. previously and moved to 74 Commercial a while ago to renovate and maintain the property so that they could raise their daughter in the building who now lives there with her husband. After a harsh winter, their roof was leaking from the snow accumulation. Their roof is damaged and roofers told them that they cannot guarantee that the roof would ever truly be fixed unless it were enclosed. Architect Kevin Brady explains that the glass enclosure would not be overly visible from the street as someone standing on the roof can hardly be seen from street level. The glass enclosure is going to be brought in via crane and will not even take a full day to place. The Gannon’s have received fifty signatures of support for the project.  They will not have to go for design review before going forward. The paneling of the glass enclosure will match the windows that currently exist on the building.

    2. Council Questions:

      1. None

    3. Audience Questions:

      1. None

  9. Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

    1. The Council votes on 414 Commercial Street, Nick Leo petitioning to seek zoning relief to change commercial space to a residential space.

      1. Maria Lanza makes motion to support

      2. Ralph Verrocchi seconds motion to support

      3. Council unanimously votes 8-0 in support

    2. The Council votes on 74 Commercial Street, Francine and Jim Gannon petitioning to seek zoning relief to enclose their outdoor deck with a glass enclosure.

      1. Jorge Mendoza makes a motion to support

      2. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro seconds the motion to support

      3. Council unanimously votes 8-0 in support of the license

 

May 2015 Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monday, May 11, 2015, 7:00PM

1.   Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.   Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.   Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.   Committee Reports:

a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

5.   Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials

6.    Candidate Forum: Eight Candidates are on the ballot for six open seats.

7.   414  Commercial Street, Nick Leo:  Change Commercial to residential (Atty. Daniel Toscano, Licensing Board May 13th)

8.   74 Commercial Street, Francine & Jim Gannon:  Seeking zoning relief to enclose an outdoor deck.  (pro se, ZBA date t.b.d.)

9.   Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments

April 2015 Monthly Meeting Minutes

April 13th, 2015 Meeting Minutes

  1. Welcome: President Philip Frattaroli calls meeting into order at 7PM

  2. Call to Order and Roll Call: Maria Lanza, John Pregmon, Philip Frattaroli, Ryan Kenny, Gennaro Riccio, Anne Devlin Tagliaferro,  Jorge Mendoza, Ralph Verrocchi, Jessica Dello Russo, and Marie Simboli are present

  3. Meeting Protocol: John Pregmon reads off the meeting protocol

  4. Committee Reports

    1. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee (Ryan Kenny)

      1. Pilot program beginning this spring near Fenway Park fining people up to $100 for illegal parking on event nights, and this is something that may be wanted in the North End for events at TD Garden.

    2. Public Safety Committee

      1. Maria Lanza reads off David Marx’s notes on public safety in our area and announces that at the most recent public safety committee meeting there were two loud party calls, and one arrest in the North End

      2. Starting in May (5/7/2015) public safety meetings will be held at 6PM, no longer 6:30PM, and it may follow for the remainder of the summer.

    3. Greenway Committee (John Pregmon)

      1. Carousel and food trucks are all officially in operation

      2. The Echelman Aerial Sculpture will be displayed over The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway in the beginning of May.

      3. From 12-4 on Saturday April 18th there will be a cookfest in The Greenway

      4. Kathryn Burton and Daniel Toscano have been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Greenway

      5. Baseball season has begun at the North End Fields in Puopolo Park

    4. Election Committee (Jessica Dello Russo and Anne Devlin Tagliaferro)

      1. NEWNC election will be held between 10AM and 2PM on May 16th. All willing to run must be at least 18 years old

      2. Candidates will be running to fill six available seats on the council

      3. Candidates may pick up their nomination forms at the front desk of the Nazzaro Center starting on April 20th. All forms must be filled by May 4th at 5PM. Candidates need 40 signatures from residents 18 and older within Ward 3; precincts 1,2,3,4 in the North End/Waterfront.

      4. All candidates will be allowed to speak at the NEWNC meeting on Monday May 11th

  5. Reports for the offices of local elected officials:

    1. Nicole Leo announces that Boston Shines will be coming to the North End May 8th-9th

    2. Phil Frattaroli announces that the Taste of the North End will be held on May 1st at Steriti Rink.

  6. Space Saver Ban, Alliance for Downtown Civic Organizations:  Representatives of ADCO to present on the topic of banning the use of space savers.

    1. Ford Cavallari of NEWRA and Co-Chair of the South End Forum, Stephen Fox who developed the idea of banning space savers in the South End present their argument to perhaps bring their pilot program to the North End as well. NEWRA has already agreed to sign the petition to ban space savers in the North End. They would like to have all of the neighborhoods agree (not including East Boston or Charlestown). The decision to install the program was unanimous; they contacted the city to receive support and they were allowed to go forward with it. In the South End they were able to target which streets were creating issues with the ban and vandalizing cars as a result. Overall there was 80% compliance and 20% either didn’t recognize the ban or did not understand the ban.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Phil asks how one would plan on cleaning the streets

        1. Business owners have  a direct interest because it removes spaces for possible guests and customers, so these business owners take it upon themselves to shovel out spaces and to also make sure that no one is using savers.

      2. Jorge asks if the city provides parking for their residents in lots during these large snowstorms.

        1. Yes they do allow people to park in lots so that they are removed from the streets so that the city can properly remove the snow from the streets.

      3. Jessica notes that the South End may be a lot easier to use this program because there are a lot more spots for the residents to utilize

        1. Parking is still difficult regardless, even though our streets are not as narrow, there are still limited amount of spots to park within.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. None.

  7. 47 Charter Street, Anna Dibenedetto:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to renovate first flour and add 400 sf by extending living space into basement.  (Atty. Daniel Toscano, ZBA date May 5, 2015)

    1. Petitioner plans to renovate the first floor only to extend living space within the building and to add approximately 491 square feet to the unit. Bedrooms will be on the first floor, and the lower floor will hold the kitchen and basement. A new doorway and new windows will be installed. They also plan to install a new sprinkler system to make the unit much more safe. There will be no digging into the ground to add any of the living space, rather they are raising the ceiling in the basement to 7’6” (the maximum height allowed). Anna Dibenedetto has owned the building for over 20 years and her family lives there now even though she does not.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Ryan asks if the unit will be used for short term rentals.

        1. No, they want to fix it up because there is minimal natural light entering the unit and they want to improve it so that they can find a long term renter.

      2. Phil asks how the abutter meeting went

        1. no one showed up to the abutter meeting, though they did hear from one abutter who voiced support for the project.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. None

  8. 3-5 Quincy Court:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to change occupancy to six family, add one story addition (4th floor) and roof decks, build new apartment floors and add basement.  (Atty. George Morancy, ZBA date t.b.d.)

    1. After an abutter meeting immediately before the Council meeting the petitioners have decided that it is not best to present in front of NEWNC at this moment, although they would still like to present at a later time once they modify their plans to fit the plans of their abutters. They have a current legal occupancy of four dwelling units. They would like to add another level to the building, creating a fourth floor. They would also like to build a finished basement in the building so that they can install two new units. The issues are whether or not there should be any addition to the roof, will it be safe to install two new units into the basement. 16 bedrooms in the building may be too much as well. There may also be privacy issues because if they were to build up, the building would become close to the neighboring building in which their neighbors may lose security and a sense of privacy.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Council asks for responses from the abutters to understand the concerns more before all else.

      2. Maria asks if this building would be used for Air BnB or any other short term rentals.

        1. No it would not

      3. Jessica asks if the building was ever zoned as commercial property

        1. No it has always been residential.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. Sean Hennessey 187 N. Street states that City Realty, the realty company looking to make these changes to the building have a tendency to build for college students and cram a lot of people into small spaces and that is something that is not wanted at that location.

      2. Susan Barberry co-owner with the abutting building was not notified properly about the changes and for it to go unoccupied as long as it has, to all of the sudden jumping up to 24-32 occupants would create a lot of sudden changes such as trash, parking, fire access, and other safety concerns.

      3. Jeff from N. Street clarifies that the alleyway cannot be accessed without a key and it would not be able to be used for a patio

        1. No patio is wanted for the building.

  9. 290 North Street, Patricia Muse and Leo Caruso:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to change occupancy from a single unit to 6 residential units, renovate and expand into basement.  (Atty. William Ferullo, ZBA date t.b.d.)

    1. Postponed hearing before council.

  10.  Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

    1. 47 Charter Street

      1. Jorge makes motion to support, Seconded by Anne

      2. 9-0

    2. Space Saver Bans

      1. Council votes 6-3

April 2015 Monthly Meeting Agenda

1.    Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.    Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.    Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.        Committee Reports:

           a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

           b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

5.    Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials

6.     Space Saver Ban, Alliance for Downtown Civic Organizations:  Representatives of ADCO to present on the topic of banning the use of space savers.

7.     47 Charter Street, Anna Dibenedetto:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to renovate first flour and add 400 sf by extending living space into basement.  (Atty. Daniel Toscano, ZBA date May 5, 2015)

8    3-5 Quincy Court:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to change occupancy to six family, add one story addition (4th floor) and roof decks, build new apartment floors and add basement.  (Atty. George Morancy, ZBA date t.b.d.)

9     290 North Street, Patricia Muse and Leo Caruso:  Petitioner seeking zoning relief to change occupancy from a single unit to 6 residential units, renovate and expand into basement.  (Atty. William Ferullo, ZBA date t.b.d.)

 

10.       Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

 

March 2015 Monthly Meeting Minutes

March 9th, 2015 Meeting Minutes

 

  1. Welcome: President Philip Frattaroli calls meeting into order at 7PM

  2. Call to Order and Roll Call: Maria Lanza, John Pregmon, Philip Frattaroli, Ryan Kenny, Gennaro Riccio, Ann Devlin Tagliaferro, and Jorge Mendoza, Ralph Verrocchi, David Marx are present

  3. Meeting Protocol: John Pregmon reads off the meeting protocol

  4. Reports for the offices of local elected officials:

    1. Maria Puopolo from Senator Petruccelli’s Office has nothing new to report

    2. Sam Miller announces that he is in attendance representing City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley’s Office

  5. Committee Reports

    1. Resident parking/Traffic Committee (Ryan Kenny)

      1. Ryan announces that space savers will no longer be allowed to reserve parking spots throughout the city, and the City will be going around removing any that they see.

      2. Ryan also announces that street sweeping services will be suspended through all of March.  

    2. Public Safety Committee (David Marx)

      1. David announces that as of last Thursday’s Public Safety Meeting on 3/5/15, there have been 5 crimes reported in the North End (one robbery, one breaking and entering in which the suspect has been identified, two larcenies, and one report of disturbing the peace).

      2. David also reports that the Boston Police Examination will take place on April 25th and the application deadline is March 13th . For any further information about any upcoming civil service employment opportunities please seek out their website online.

        1. http://www.mass.gov/anf/employment-equal-access-disability/civil-serv-info/exam-info/exam-sched/

    3. Greenway Committee (John Pregmon)

      1. The Greenway is looking to hire new positions ranging from volunteer work and internships, as well as part-time and full-time employment opportunities.

      2. Janet Echelman Aerial Sculpture will be displayed on March 26th at 4PM and all who wishes to attend must RSVP by March 24th.

      3. Carousel will re-open on April 3rd

      4. Food trucks will begin re-opening on the Greenway as of April 1st

  6. North End Beautification Committee

    1. Dana Michalowski and Patricia Thibotout represent the North Beautification Committee and announce that they are not for profit organization that dedicates themselves to preserving and contributing to the beautification of the North End.

      1. State that last year they partnered with Work Inc. to help clean the streets but they no longer need that service now that the city has increased their hokey sweeping program

      2. They decorated the North End with wreaths, as well as a Christmas tree at the corner of Hanover St. and Cross St.

      3. For the Spring of 2015, they are currently planning to place signage and banners on posts throughout the North End which will say “Welcome to the Historic North End” to welcome all visitors to the neighborhood.

      4. They are also encouraging residents to use the “Citizens Connect App” on their mobile device or tablet to report any issues so that they may maintain the aesthetic beauty of the North End.

      5. They will also be planning to plant flowers and trees in beds throughout the North End to enhance the beauty as well.

    2. Council Questions/Comments

      1. Ryan asks if people are able to donate online

        1. Yes, people can view them on their Facebook page and make donations through PayPal  

      2. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro thanks them for their service to the North End.

    3. Audience Questions/Comments

      1. Daniel Toscano of Prince St. asks if residents and landlords can help clean the streets once the snow melts and reveals trash along the curbs.

  7. Representative Aaron Michelwitz

    1. Representative Aaron Michelwitz from the 3rd Suffolk District comes to discuss issues concerning the North End.

      1. Announces that he will have a representative at each NEWNC meeting to report any concerns from the North End residents. He states that he has recently been appointed to a committee dealing with financial issues dealing with bank regulations and health insurance. Residents can view all 22 of the bills he has filed online. He is here to speak primarily about two issues that have come up since the new session in January.

      2. Representative Michelwitz announces that the State has been having conversation with Air BnB in regards to their purpose and how they are regulated.

        1. He reports that they generate $12 million revenue in Boston alone. Through an investigation in the summer, the State had found that there were 70 units in the North End at one point. They also discovered that the average stay for Air BnB customers was 4.8 days, so it was not just a nightly use. Representative Michelwitz states that this is a concern for the housing market (rental market), and for the peace and safety of the neighborhood because these users do not plan on living and investing in the neighborhood. This administration can only minimize these issues, and the proposed bill to solve this. The bill would force all property owners/renters through Air BnB (etc.) to apply with State to declare their plan to do business with short term rentals. The State will then notify the City of Boston (municipality) and the city has the right to enforce safety measures. All units have to be up to code on fire, electrical and all other liability issues that would occur with any rentals. This would also make sure that the property owner is aware that this business is taking place. Rep. Michelwitz believes that the State should be collecting revenue off of these businesses. There is a tax discussion that needs to occur where they want to implement something similar to a hotel tax where the State charges 5% and the municipalities can increase it by an additional 6.5%. In similar industries that needed to be regulated, the tax dollars will go onto the consumer that come from out of town and wish to stay in the neighborhood. Lastly there is a need for flexibility for municipality that comes up because of the issue of primary residency as opposed to secondary residency. In this neighborhood, people rent the units dress up the apartment and rent out the unit, so they want to be strict about how the primary residency is define.

      3. In regards to the Olympics coming to Boston in 2024, he states that there are both positives and negatives that can come from the Olympics in Boston. A lot of State dollars are being discussed to be used for the State for infrastructure ($5 billion). Also if there are cost overruns for the games the federal government will most likely not help Boston out financially. The federal government however is stating that they will help with security through homeland security. There is a bill proposed which will create a commission to oversee the bid and the economics, public safety social impact of hosting the games in Boston. There will be seven appointments for this commission to oversee this from the State standpoint. All expenditures will be needed to be placed online to see how the money is being received and spent. Eminent domain issues that also may come up will be heard by the commission. The City of Boston may need to buy out property for the opening ceremonies. There are 98 co-sponsors from both sides of the political agenda for this bill.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Jorge asks about the legality of this situation

        1. It is not illegal as of now. The issue is that they would be requiring that the insurance of the renter has to be connected with the property owner for liability purposes. They actually do take care of that as of now upon registration. Air BnB also has a hotline that people can report tenants that may be disruptive or doing this illegally. Air BnB takes these reports very seriously and will research the report thoroughly.

      2. Ryan asks if there are any other states that are planning to tax this industry

        1. On a municipality level; Portland, San Francisco, and San Jose have taxed this but no States have yet to plan a tax aside from New York. San Francisco is one month into their tax plan to regulate Air BnB.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. None

 

  1. 20 Unity Court, Ed Harlow and Mary Beth Pearlberg: Owners of a townhouse are proposing a three story renovation/addition of a private single residence building.

    1. They have had an abutters meeting last week with little opposition to their project. After showing overhead satellite image of their house within the North End that they bought in 1992 they state that they are committed to staying in this house and raising their daughter within in the Neighborhood. They originally bought the house with hopes to renovate it and improve it in three different phases.

      1. Three Phases

        1. Phase One they planned to renovate the interior on the second, third, and fourth floors in the front part of the house

        2. Phase Two internal renovations on the first floor and the basement.

        3. Phase Three which is currently up for the zoning relief which will be dealing with bathrooms and the small space out beside the back of the house.

      2. When the church bought a series of houses near them to work on fire protection and needed space in case of any fires and they ripped down some of the houses neighboring. There are no plans to build on the ground floor, and they are looking to add a small powder room and space for laundry on the first floor. They are also looking to add a bathroom on the second and third floor directly above the powder room on floor one. There will be no extra building on the top floor, so no additions to height. They are also proposing to add a strong modern look to the back corner of the house which maintains the same material and appearance that currently exists on the house. The small area that is open in the back is about 48 square feet.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks how tall the building currently is and if they have the support of the Old North Church.

        1. 45.8 feet high and there are no additions in height.

        2. Yes, Old North Church has written them a letter of support and there have not been any objections by abutters.

      2. Phil asks if they will have to go through BRA design review? And if all of the materials that they plan to use in the renovations all exist?

        1. We will go through the ZBA because they are asking for relief on prevailing nonconforming FAR limitation relief, they also require review of the roof because although they are not doing work on the roof they are going up to the roof and need to be reviewed. Also they need to have a review of the previous waiver of the fire code with Old North Church.

        2. Yes, all of the materials were already approved back in 1997 but they will go back for BRA design review and get approval again because of the historical location in the North End.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. No Comments

  2. 319 Hanover St., Scopa LLC: Petitioner Gennaro Riccio is filing an application with the City of Boston Licensing Board for aCV—7 Day Malt & Wine Beverage with Cordials License

    1. Attorney Daniel Toscano announces that Gennaro Riccio is planning to file an application at the former location of Pomodoro Restaurant.

      1. They are taking over the existing establishment and will maintain the same floor plan under Pomodoro of 22 seats in the restaurant. It will have the same code, but they will update the location with new furniture, new kitchen updates, and they also plan to insert an open window concept in the front of the building.

      2. They are currently looking to have the previous owner transfer the license to their new location or have it removed for non-use because there is not allowed to be two licenses at the same location.

      3. The restaurant is planned to be open Monday through Thursday 11AM to 11PM and Friday from 11AM to 12AM.

      4. Signage is not yet complete but they are planning on having it made with wooden block letters/wooden sign. The signage concept is not yet complete but it will maintain the concept of the neighborhood.

      5. They will not have a very large extensive menu for beer, wine, and cordials. It will be a unique and limited amount of selections for customers.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Phil asks if the notifications have been sent out yet

        1. Yes 100 letters were sent out February 11th.

      2. Maria asks about the concept of the restaurant

        1. It will be refined Italian, 22 seats, small menu, maybe 15 items which are all being worked out now

      3. Phil asks about the timeframe for the opening of the restaurant

        1. June 1st, 2015 because the location is already zoned properly, they will not have to waste too much time waiting to meet code. They would like to open with license but won’t delay the opening because they do not have it.  

      4. Jorge asks for clarification of the changes within the restaurant

        1. There will be new equipment in the kitchen and simple aesthetic changes to the appearance of the restaurant.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. None.

  3. Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

    1. The Council votes on 20 Unity Court, Ed Harlow and Mary Beth Pearlberg for their proposed plan to renovate/add a private single residence building in the back of the house.

      1. Jorge Mendoza makes motion to support

      2. John Pregmon seconds motion to support

      3. Council unanimously votes 9-0 in support

    2. The Council votes on 319 Hanover St., Scopa LLC for the petitioner Gennaro Riccio’s application for a CV 7-Day Malt & Wine Beverage with Cordials License

      1. John Pregmon makes a motion to support

      2. Ralph Verrocchi seconds the motion to support

      3. Council unanimously votes 8-0 in support of the license

        1. (Gennaro Riccio recluses himself from the vote)

March 9th 2015 Agenda

Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:00PM
Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street

1.   Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.   Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.   Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.   Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials

5.   Committee Reports:

a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny
b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx
c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

6.   Representative Aaron Michlewitz

7.   North End Beautification Committee

8.   20 Unity Court, Ed Harlow & Mary Beth Pearlberg: Owners of a townhouse are proposing a three story renovation/addition of a private single residence building.  (ZBA date tbd)

9.   319 Hanover St, Scopa LLC: Petitioner is filing an application with the City of Boston Licensing Board for a CV 7-Day Malt & Wine Beverage with Cordials License.  (Atty. Daniel Toscano, Licensing Board tbd)

10.   Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

February 23rd 2015 Meeting Minutes

February 23rd, 2015 Meeting Minutes

 

  1. Welcome: President Philip Frattaroli calls meeting into order at 7PM

  2. Call to Order and Roll Call: Maria Lanza, John Pregmon, Philip Frattaroli, Ryan Kenny, Gennaro Riccio, Ann Devlin Tagliaferro, and Jessica Dello Russo are present

  3. Meeting Protocol: John Pregmon reads off the meeting protocol

  4. Announcements:

  5. Reports for the offices of local elected officials:

    1. None new to report

  6. Committee Reports

    1. Resident parking/Traffic Committee (Ryan Kenny)

      1. Ryan is in the process of scheduling a meeting with the newly appointed Boston Transportation Parking Commissioner Gina Fiandacca to inform her about NEWNC and their purpose in the North End Neighborhood.

      2. In regards to parking issues in Boston:

        1. There is currently a focus on limiting the number of residency stickers per household. They may also establish a fee schedule, if residents have more than two stickers per household. For each resident sticker after two, there will be a fee for every following permit.

        2. Residents are not allowed to park on Atlantic Ave., Commercial St., Hanover St., Cross St., or N. Washington St.  Parking in the Lafayette Garage $10 for twenty-four hours. People can sign up online for e-mail alerts or text message alerts to warn them when a snow emergency is declared.

        3. Ryan also announces the rules for ‘Parking Savers’. Residents are allowed to shovel out a spot once a snow emergency/parking ban is lifted and may save a spot for up to 48 hours. After 48 hours, anytime after that, the city will come around and remove the items that are holding spots.

        4. Street sweeping will resume on March 1st as long as the weather permits.

    2. Public Safety Committee (David Marx)

      1. Maria reads off the notes of Public Safety on behalf of David Marx.

      2. Crime is down 40% in A1 since 2014.

        1. There were 5 arrests at Public Safety in January, and at the February 5th meeting another 2 arrests, one assault, 2 breaking and entering, and 2 larcenies were reported.

      3. Maria makes note about the crime rate, saying that the snow may attribute to the reduction in crimes this winter. There were no complaints about the Super Bowl Celebration, and there have been ten towed vehicles during the snowstorms.

    3. Greenway Committee (John Pregmon)

      1. There will be two public meetings; One on 2/24 at Rose Wharf primarily for the Wharf District, with the North End Community’s meeting which will be on 2/25. John encourages people to attend the meeting with Spring nearing so that North End Residents may come forward and propose any ideas that they would like to take place on the Greenway this Spring. John notes that the committee does listen to the community, as they had put up more trees last year when there were complaints about the lack of shade on the greenway

  7. City Councilor at Large, Michael Flaherty:

    1. City Councilor at Large Michael Flahert discusses a few areas of concern that he has been working with over the past year.

    2. He states that his office is focusing on snow removal throughout the city. People may contact his office to get snow melters to help with intersections and pedestrian walkways.

    3. He then announces that Mayor Walsh has extended the 48 hour policy and is allowing leeway because of the large amount of snow accumulated over a short amount of time. He is stating there is a right of ownership for those who put in the labor to shovel out a parking space. If someone shovels out a parking space they may reserve that space for their personal use.

    4. In working with Councilor Sal LaMattina, Councilor Flaherty is addressing deferrals in the zoning and license application process. He states that when matters get deferred, people typically seek them out to work out an agreement or an issue with an abutter. When the matter gets deferred, the abutter no longer gets notified according to policy. There are some neighbors that think matters are being resolved or that they are involved in another community process while it is not the case. The direct abutter, actually ends up getting surprised by the petitioner when they go forward at a later least expected time when the abutter may not be paying attention to the issue. The petitioners would get approved and then the abutters would ask how it happened, while the board can only say that it’s too late and they have already approved it. The Councilor at large and is working out a new policy that states, when the petitioner defers, he/she is responsible to further direct and update the abutters when they go back to seek approval. This will make the process more transparent and ensure that petitioners are not escaping this process.

    5. The Councilor is also working on a plan in regards to handicap parking fraud, amongst people that are typically coming into the city from the suburbs, and using it as a free day of parking. He states that there are able body citizens that are using them to park in the city for free. The Councilor is working with the disabilities commissioner, and wants to address this issue. It is currently happening all throughout the United States, and they want to develop a plan that won’t punish people that are actually handicapped. Approximately $3.5 million are lost annually with this fraudulent behavior, and that money can be used to better the City of Boston.

    6. Another plan is being proposed to assist police officers that are forced to retire at 65 years old. The Councilor is petitioning to allow able bodied police officers to continue contributing to the city in a detail program once they are forced to retire at 65 years old. He states that hundreds of details go unmanned each year (construction details, special events, etc.), it will cost no additional tax dollars and the city will gain more protection and security.

    7. The Councilor asks for feedback about how the city has handled the snow this winter on a scale of very poor to excellent.

      1. John Pregmon states how they are doing the best they can given their situation and have done a good job.

    8. In regards to the Olympic meeting asks how many people are opposed or for the Olympics being held in Boston

      1. A majority of people in attendance raise their hand in support for the games, while one or two people raise their hand in opposition.

    9. To speak about pushcart vendors in Faneuil Hall as well as the hotel that is being planned in Faneuil Hall as well, he asks the Council how they generally feel about that and trying to keep the tradition, and keep the pushcart vendors in Faneuil Hall.

      1. The majority raise hand for.

    10. In accordance with a statistic that 80% of first responders get shot responding to a school shooting; for the safety and protection of schools, students, teachers, and first responders there is a new app which will allow teachers to press a button on their laptop, iPad, etc. which alerts the officers in the nearby area about a shooter in a school and their location within the school.

    11. Councilor opens up questions to the audience if there is something you would like the city to do:

      1. Ryan Kenny asks about the handicap initiative, and if there is fraud only on meter spots, or is it in the resident sections as well.

        1. To address parking issues in general, the Councilor states that thye are looking to extend resident parking program through the weekend as a pilot to solve the parking crisis with people parking in the City over the weekend to visit—this is currently being piloted in the South End. They are talking about extending the hours, the “ride share” program—which will allow spaces in neighborhoods to be strictly dedicated to ride share programs— there is also talks about increasing bike kiosks all to help with reducing parking and motorist uses of vehicles. Bus stops are currently being added to get more people on the bus as well. In regards to the disability commissioner, she is working to help develop a plan to crack down on handicap parking fraud.

      2. Phil Orlandella, of the North End Regional Review asks for clarification about the deferral process for petitioners

        1. When a petitioner gets denied with prejudice they will be locked out for a year, and when they get denied without prejudice they can bring the petition right back. This is what a lot of petitioners are doing to avoid being locked for a year, and to skip the process of re-alerting the abutters about the deferral and when the next hearing/meeting will be heard.

      3. Phil Orlandella, asks another question about access to the handicapped parking permits

        1. They are very accessible and almost anyone can get a handicapped permit. They are trying to require them to feed the meter as opposed to allowing them to be void from parking in meter spots because of their handicapped permit (the plan is not going to be restricting access to the permits)

          1. Two hours to three hours with free and then you have to pay the meter for perhaps two hours, then you will have to move. The City would like people to have to move their cars and not leave them for an entire day.  (This has to be passed statewide and may not just apply to the City).

        2. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks about the ice that is built up alongside the edges of rooftops.

          1. He refers them to inspectional services department to list the addresses so code enforcement can address this issue.

  8. Battery Wharf Hotel and Aragosta are seeking approval to transfer their all alcohol license to the current owner.

    1. Atty. Joe Devlin of Demakis Law Office, representing the Battery Wharf, Trish Perry Restaurant General Manager, and the current manager on the record for the liquor license on the submitted application John Collins. Devlin states that they wish to seek NEWNC’s support to replace their current special legislation license, because the current license doesn’t work with hotel operations. In this case the property owner has changed. It’s the same manager of record, same restaurant, same room service, and same conditions, same seats, same occupancy, etc. If they wish to make changes to the premises or to the operation of the restaurant they have to come back to seek approval of the council because it considered an alteration of license premises.

      1. Philip Frattaroli asks if there are any restrictions on current license.

        1. Atty.Devlin announces that they are allowed a seating capacity of 127 in the interior of the restaurant, as well as a capacity on the exterior patio of 86. Conditions on license only apply to outdoor patio, these conditions were expressed by NEWRA that all tables on the patio are to be cleared by 11PM.

        2. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro makes a motion to support

        3. Motion seconded by Maria Lanza

        4. NEWNC supports the battery wharf hotel, Boston Beverages inc. (new owner of the Battery Wharf Hotel) seeking transfer of an alcoholic license to replace the current license unanimously 6-0.

February 23rd 2015 Meeting Agenda

 Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:00PM
Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street

1.     Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.     Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.     Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.     Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials

5.     Committee Reports:

a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

6.     Boston City Councilor at Large Michael Flaherty

7.     Battery Wharf Hotel, 130-130B Salem Street:  Boston Beverage Services, Inc., new owner of the Battery Wharf Hotel, is seeking a transfer of an All Alcohol License to replace the one currently being used. (Licensing Board hearing date 02/25/15, Atty. Joseph Devlin).

8.    North End Beautification Committee will discuss their recent and planned efforts to clean up and improve the appearance of the neighborhood.

9.     Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

January 12th 2015 Meeting Minutes

NEWNC MEETING MINUTES
Monday, January 12, 2015, 7:00PM
Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennet Street

 

  1. Welcome:  NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli calls the meeting into session at 7:00 PM

  2. Call to order & Roll Call: Ralph Verrocchi, Ann Devlin Tagliaferro, and Jorge Mendoza are absent from the Council.

  3. Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President John Pregmon reads off the meeting protocol.

  4. Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials:

    1. Mayor Walsh’s Office: Nicole Leo has nothing new to report  

  5. President’s Report:

    1. NEWNC is looking into a joint meeting with NEWRA to get become closely involved with the Chiofaro Group and their plans for the Harbor Garage.   

    2. Mayor Walsh will be meeting with Air BnB to discuss regulating nightly renting of apartments in Boston on 1/26 at 6PM at the Copley Library.

    3. First meeting to discuss Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics will be held on January 27th at 6:30PM at the Suffolk Law School.

    4. Meeting for the Greenway’s plan to add in beds of Boxwoods will be on Wednesday 2/25 at 6PM.

  6. Committee Reports:

    1. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

      1. Nothing new to report

    2. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

      1. A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, 1/26 at 6PM to discuss Air BnB, Homeaway, and Flipkey. The meeting will be held at the Copley Library. This Meeting is addressing the nightly rental of apartments and condos in the North End/Waterfront.

      2. Public Safety Committee will host a meeting on Thursday 1/15 at 6:30 PM to make up for the cancelled meeting on New Years Day.

      3. Marx makes a statement expressing his concern with the recent passing of the casino in Boston. Marx is concerned that the social ramifications of the casino may increase crimes, vice, etc. throughout the city and the North End.

    3. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

      1. Pregmon states that there will be a community meeting at the Nazzaro Center on Sunday 1/25 to welcome all resident feedback for the Greenway Conservancy’s plan to install a bed of Boxwoods in the North End section of the Greenway.

  7. Boston City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu

    1. Wu provides NEWNC with an update from this past year as City Councilor, and asks the North End Residents to let her know what she needs to improve upon in her second term.

      1. She has working on permitting and licensing. Mainly focusing on helping small businesses battle against large businesses and corporations by simplifying the licensing process.

      2. Wu went across Boston to ask small business owners about the application process, and what the City could do to expedite the process

        1. The application process has sped up to the point that applicants are even beginning to run through it too quick.

      3. They have moved the application process online for applicants to apply, check their status’ and get updates. For directions and help on where to go during the application process, applicants can seek out the central person at 1010 Mass Ave.

      4. Wu also discusses how she wishes to “clean up” licenses. She wishes to remove, or consolidate licenses that do not need to exist anymore such as radios and television in order to cut the annual costs for small business owners.

      5. The homeless population is being sheltered and moved into main shelters throughout the City with the closure of the Long Island Bridge.

      6. Wu has passed an ordinance to ensure equal healthcare, employment equality for Transgenders in Boston. She has also worked on providing language access kits to help people with English as their second language navigate through the different departments for handing in documents.

      7. Looking ahead Wu hopes to work on some new things:

        1. Working on maternity leave and paternity leave to assist parents with education and daycare. Focusing on City employees because they control, and then they will work that into the residents throughout the City.

        2. Focusing on using and investing more into sustainable energy sources that are safe for the environment.

      8. Council Questions/Comments

        1. David Marx asks Wu about the low clearance rate for homicides within the City.

          1. Commissioner Evans has been in touch with City Councilors given the recent tensions after the Ferguson trial.

          2. Evans in focused on building the relationship with the community and the residents of Boston. He is going to work on strengthen the relationship by having more officers walking beats, and by having more bike cops available.  Wants to make residents feel comfortable with the police department so that people may come forward with information related to any crimes.

  8. Boston Public Works Department: Representatives of the BPWD will discuss the proposed design of the bridge to replace the North Washington Street Bridge.

    1. City Engineer Para Jayasinghe presents a brief description of the N. Washington St. Bridge design which will connect the North End to Charlestown. The Washington St. Bridge was built in 1898 and is need of renovations and repairs. In 2003, the City closed the center lane because of it’s poor condition.

      1. The new bridge will be designed to complement the Zakim bridge which holds the purpose of being an “interstate bridge.” The city would like the new bridge to almost appear to be a “road over water” which maintains the same “Y” shape in the foundation that the Zakim Bridge currently holds. The new bridge is designed to be sustainable, livable, and much more appealing to walk over. There will be a bike lane separated from traffic.

      2. The bridge will be funded by MassDOT. It will cost $100 million and they are looking into the private sector for all aesthetic additions such as the greenery, etc.  

    2. Council Questions/Comments

      1. Philip Frattaroli asks how construction will take place

        1. All of the utilities under the bridge will cause difficulties. They will need to repair the middle lane first in order to utilize all of the bridge during construction of the new bridge. There will be two lanes coming into Boston and one lane leaving Boston during construction; realistically there may be sometimes in which motorists may only be able to use one lane both in and out of the City. They plan on beginning construction in 2017 and completing it by 2020.

      2. Jessica Dello Russo asks if the playground in Charlestown still be accessible during construction.

        1. They are trying to be as flexible as possible, and are looking at adding in bike lanes and walk paths to make sure that they do not disrupt the freedom trail and residents looking to walk or cycle across the bridge.  

      3. Philip Frattaroli asks if Causeway St. will still flow directly onto and through the new bridge.

        1. Yes, the new bridge will need to flow to and from TD Garden and down onto Causeway Street.

      4. David Marx asks if the design of the bridge will encourage skateboarders to come to the area and disturb the actual intended use.

        1. The infrastructure and designs of the walkways and parks along the bridge will deter skateboarders from coming and using the area as a skate park. There is also a skate park being built on the Waterfront which will keep the skateboarders away from the bridge and hopefully within their skate park.  

      5. John Pregmon states that the council is not prepared to vote currently on this issue, but they wish to be informed and kept up to date with the designs and details of the bridge. If any votes to support are needed at a later time, the Council will be willing to voice their support.

 

  1. Mendoza Brothers, LLC, 130-130B Salem Street: Monica’s Mercato seeks to add take-out use to the grocery store for the sale of pizza and prepared food to go (ZBA date 02/10/15, Attorney William Ferullo).

    1. Atty.  Bill Ferullo representing the Mendoza Brothers speaks in front of the council with Frank Mendoza wishing to add take-out use to Monica’s Mercato for the sale of pizza and prepared food to go. They have been at their location for 20 years. Their mother Maria originally opened the shop and rented the space. The mercato has recently been renovated with new signage and a side entrance into their pizza/prepared food section of the mercato.  Applying for a conditional use license to allow them to make pizza to order for their customers. Ferullo explains the need for the license by comparing it to Parziales who currently makes pizza but not to order for their customers. Customers can not order specific slices of pizza which does not need an application for take-out use. 388 letters of support from the residents association, and they are hosting an abutters meeting on 1/20.

    2.  Council Questions/Comments

      1. Maria Lanza asks if the side entrance on Noyse Place is used for customers to enter into the mercato.

        1. Yes, to get inside to the store downstairs for the pizza and prepared foods. The circulation of the store is limited with fresh pastas/groceries on one side and deli meats/cheeses and the addition of the entrance downstairs helps with traffic flow

      2. John Pregmon asks if they use Noyes Place for deliveries.

        1. No delivery trucks are not allowed to use the space on the side of the mercato to drop off products

      3. David Marx voices his support for the Mendoza Family and their contributions to the North End.

    3. Audience Questions/ Comments

      1. Attorney Ben Levitt representing the residents at1 Noyes Place and 10 Noyes Place.  Atty. Levitt addresses two violations issued on 12/15, one in regards to their sign, and one violation for 36(a). The sign has a permit and is not in violation. He asks if the door on Noyes Place was accessed before the renovations in 2013 and if the space was always permitted for customers.

        1. Atty. Ferullo states that customers had no reason to use the entrance. Customers have only recently begun using the entrance for the pizza and prepared food sections. The space has always been permitted to be used by customers because it is listed as retail space.

      2. Maryanne from 13 Noyes Place voices her support for the license despite some missteps from the mercato.

  2. Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

    1. Council Votes

      1. Mendoza Brothers, LLC, 130—130B Salem St:

        1. Maria Lanza makes a motion to vote

        2. Marie Simboli seconds the motion to vote

        3. NEWNC votes unanimously in support for the take out license 7-0

January 12th Meeting Agenda 2015

 

1.         Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.         Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.         Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.         Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials

5.         Committee Reports:

            a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

            b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

6.         Boston City Councilor at Large Michelle Wu

7.         Boston Public Works Department:  Representatives of the BPWD will discuss the proposed design of the bridge to preplace the North Washington Street bridge. 

8.         Mendoza Brothers, LLC, 130-130B Salem St.:  Monica’s Mercato seeks to add take-out use to the grocery store for the sale of pizza and prepared food to go (ZBA date 02/10/15, Atty. William Ferullo).


10.   Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

December 2014 Meeting Minutes

  1. Welcome: President Philip Frattaroli calls the meeting into order at 7:00PM.

  2. Call to Order and Roll Call: NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli takes roll call.

    1. Ryan Kenny, Jessica Dello Russo, and Jorge Mendoza are absent from the Council.

  3. Meeting Protocol: John Pregmon reads off the meeting protocol at 7:01.

  4. Announcements

    1. Maria Lanza states that on Saturday, December 13th, 2014, there will be skating with Santa from 2PM-5PM at Steriti Rink

    2. State legislature changed the rules to licensing, mayor gained control of licensing board, he named three new members to the licensing board

      1. Christine A. Pulgini

      2. Lisa S. Maki

      3. Keeana Serene Saxon

    3. Philip Frattaroli calls for a moment of silence to honor Joseph ‘Dom’ Campochiaro

  5. Reports from the offices of local elected officials

    1. No updates

  6. Committee Reports

    1. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee

      1. No news to report

    2. Public Safety Committee

      1. 6 larcenies, 1 robbery, 1 breaking and entering, 1 auto theft

      2. Officer Teddy Boyle to receive Uncle Fred Carangelo Humanitarian Award from Mayor Marty Walsh at the 2014 North End Christmas Fund Luncheon on December 11th at Filippo’s Ristorante.

    3. Greenway Committee

      1. The Greenway remains open but no news is coming up.

      2. MassDot resigned new lease to keep ownership of the Greenway.  

    4. Bylaws Committee

      1. No news to report

  7. Seth Nock, 16-18 Battery St.: Petitioner has filed to change the legal occupancy of the existing premises from nine residential units to ten residential units and construct a one story addition and a private roof deck. (ZBA date 12/16/14, Atty. Daniel Toscano).

    1. Attorney Toscano

      1. Seeks to build an addition on top of the preexisting residential units, with a roof deck to be used exclusively by the tenants of the addition.

      2. The building will contain 6 two bedroom units, 3 one bedroom units, and 1 studio unit—all rentals

      3. They will add in auto sprinklers; fully sprinkle the building when they are done, and the completion of the alterations to the roof, it will be no more than 54 feet in height.

      4. When construction is done, the building will be about 1-2 feet taller than either building on either side.

      5. Seeking to add a three bedroom unit in this addition which will be 3-4 feet back from the street, with a private balcony set back off of the street so that is out of sight from the street

      6. The addition will not interfere with the view out of windows or from the property at 20 Battery St.

      7. They will renovate all units in the building during this process as well.

      8. There are some building plan violations, but they are addressed once they meet the Board of Appeals

      9. The addition will have no impact on the view towards Old North Church

    2. Council Questions/Comments

      1. Philip Frattaroli asks about the materials that may be used to renovate the building

        1. Glass windows and brick on the front, not floor to ceiling windows but just a little smaller

        2. Metal panels on the front as well

      2. David Marx asked for confirmation about whether these units would be rented out?

        1. Yes, these are rentals.

      3. Philip Frattaroli asks if they will meet all of the codes

        1. Yes, there are some issues such  as fireproofing the walls, and putting in the auto sprinkler, which will all be addressed when they appear in front of the Board of Appeals.

      4. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro expresses her concern that the metal panels will not fit with the neighborhood’s design

        1. When we go in front of the review board they will need to get their design approved. They need something lightweight to balance out the structure of the building which is why they  are planning to use metal paneling.

      5. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks if anything will go onto of the rood as far as ventilation, etc.

        1. No, they have not decided what they plan to do as far as air conditioning or heating, but if they use heat pumps then there should be no issue with anything on top of the building.

      6. David Marx asks when the construction will begin

        1. Plans will be submitted by February or March but hard to determine when construction will begin exactly

      7. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks if there will be a dumpster to remove the trash during renovations

        1. A dumpster will come and go to remove any trash

      8. John Pregmon makes a motion to support, Ralph Verrocchi seconds

    3. Audience Questions/Comments

      1. No questions from the audience or abutters

  8. Joyce Pedi, 102 Prince St.: Petitioner is also seeking to construct a one story addition with no change in legal occupancy. (ZBA date 12/16/14, Atty. Daniel Toscano).

    1. Attorney Toscano

      1. Representing Gary and Joyce Pedi at their property 102 Prince and 3 Thatcher

      2. They do not plan on changing the occupancy, as it will remain 6 residential units. The top floor will be a duplex; the left and the right side of the duplex will be three bedrooms, and the first floor will remain a Laundromat.

      3. The second and third floors will be two bedroom units

      4. The fourth and fifth floors will be three bedroom units

      5. They plan to go up close to the “55 restriction on the height requirement

      6. They will submit plan with the resolved building code violations.

      7. There will be internal drainage to remove the hazard of frozen icicles coming off the side of the building and onto the street.

      8. They have passed out letters of support to all of the direct abutters and property owners around the location

      9. There are no plans to add on a roof deck.

    2. Council Questions/Comments

      1. Philip Frattaroli asks if  they plan on sprinkling the building

        1. Yes, of course.

      2. Philip Frattaroli asks about the materials that will be used in this project.

        1. Characteristic of what you see in the North End, want to anchor the corner with some masonry, and may have to use a metal panel in order to keep the building light, it will have a lot of glass—ways to open up the views, no balcony’s. Want to maintain the authenticity of the masonry by designing the metal paneling in such a way that it is modern but still fits the North End.

      3. Maria Lanza asks if they had an abutters meeting

        1. Yes, abutters came out and there were not many complaints. We have heard and are open to all comments

      4. John Pregmon expresses his concern about how a lot of buildings next to them are not as high, and if that will be a concern to abutters or for the look of the area.

        1. No, the buildings around them across the street and surrounding that corner are actually around the same height; the only real issue was trash removal.

      5. What’s going to happen to The Lavenderia?

        1. The Lavenderia will remain. The Pedi’s are tenants of the building and they are hoping to eventually have their family move in and have a family owned building.  

      6. Ralph Verrocchi makes a motion to support, Gennaro Riccio seconds the motion

    3. Audience Questions/Comments

      1. None

  9. Joyce Pedi, 104 Prince St.: Petitioner has filed to change the legal occupancy of the existing premises from four to five residential units and construct a one story addition (ZBA date 12/16/14 Atty. Daniel Toscano)

    1. Attorney Toscano

      1. The addition will consist of a three bedroom unit

      2. Occupancy will change from four to five residential units as a result of the addition

      3. The roof deck will be added on to the unit at 104 Prince St.

    2. Council Questions/Comments

      1. David Marx no negative concerns or comments because of how much the Pedi’s have contributed to the North End and has nothing but support for them but he wants to know if there is anything they can do to accommodate

      2. Gennaro Riccio is concerned with the metal paneling

        1. It will simulate the north end and will be designed so that it does not vary much from the current design around the North End

      3. Ralph Verrocchi makes a motion to support, Gennaro Riccio seconds the motion

    3. Audience Questions/Comments

      1. Susan—disapointed that there is no trash room involved in the plans for the building, they don’t have any recycling plan. We have such small spaces that we have no room to place trash in our neighborhood. We want to see them use a space in the building for trash. As a good neighbor they would like to see them put  it in and it would be

      2. Thomas—telephone books sitting in front of the Prince St. buildings that have not been removed, bicycle wheels left in front of the building attached to a pole, primarily there is just garbage left in front of the building. Thomas does not think that they will not move into the property. He is an artist and needs sunlight in his apartment but he is opposing 102 Prince St. because the addition may obstruct the amount of sunlight that enters his apartment.

      3. Domenick Pizzo—expressed some concern to Gary about the construction, and a roof deck but since there is no roof deck there is no issue. But ultimately has his support for Gary if he takes care of some lint issue, and he would like to see construction be completed with expediency, because 106 Prince St.


 

  1. Susan Luongo, Faneuil Hall Market Vendors: Seeking to discuss changes coming to Faneuil Hall Market and impacts on the North End Community

    1. Susan Luongo

      1. Ashkenazy Corporation in charge, Changes to Quincy Market are being planned to be made, and there is risk for the pushcarts in Quincy Market.

      2. They want to changes the circulation in the property. They have started the eviction process on people that have been there for 30 years and they are pushing for more outdoor vending.

      3. The Salty Dog has been evicted, and other people in the food hall are beginning to be evicted as well.

      4. Pushcarts are given one year licenses to sell and they must be renewed each year which makes them very vulnerable to being removed.

      5. They are moving away from the local businesses and vendors that Mayor White had sent the intent for originally and are pushing for more corporate presence in Faneuil Hall.

      6. On December 15th, there will be a hearing at City Hall about the changes to come. Vendors are seeking the support of the Council on this issue and with the changes that may come in the near future.

      7. Susan introduces fellow vendor Mary who has lived in the neighborhood as well. Ownership wants to make this change with hope to entice more locals to come and shop at Faneuil Hall.

      8. Ashkenazy plans on making Faneuil Hall a hub for Boston nightlife and the last thing that the residents of the North End would want is an increase in late night rowdiness.

      9. They are also trying to take charge of the Sam Adams park in front of Faneuil Hall

      10. “This has been some people’s only livelihoods and we are afraid of losing that”

    2. Council Questions/Comments

      1. Board announces their support for the vendors, although they cannot make a motion for it at this time.

    3. Audience Questions/Comments

      1. None

  2. Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments

    1. Council Votes

      1. Battery St. Change of occupancy 7-0

      2. 16-18 Battery St. 5-2 for the one story addition and roof deck

      3. 102 Prince St. 6-1 for the one story addition

      4. 104 Prince St. 6-1 for change in occupancy

      5. 104 prince St. 6-1 for the addition.

December 2014 Meeting Agenda

Monday, December 8th, 2014, 7:00 PM

 

1.    Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.    Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.    Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.    Reports from the Offices of Local Elected Officials

5.        Committee Reports:

           a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

           b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

d. Bylaws Committee: Ryan Kenny

 

6.    Seth Nock, 16-18 Battery St.:  Petitioner has filed to change the legal occupancy of the existing premises from nine residential units to ten residential units and construct a one story addition and a private roof deck.  (ZBA date 12/16/14, Atty. Daniel Toscano).

 

7.     Joyce Pedi, 102 Prince St.: Petitioner is also seeking to construct a one story addition with no change in legal occupancy.  (ZBA date 12/16/14, Atty. Daniel Toscano).

 

8.     Joyce Pedi, 104 Prince St.:  Petitioner has filed to change the legal occupancy of the existing premises to five residential units and construct a one story addition.  (ZBA date 12/16/14, Atty. Daniel Toscano).

 

9.     Susan Luongo, Faneuil Hall Market Vendors:  Seeking to discuss changes coming to Faneuil Hall Market and impacts on the North End Community.


10.   Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

 

November 2014 Meeting Minutes

  1. Welcome: President Philip Frattaroli calls the meeting into order at 7:00PM

  2. Call to Order and Roll Call: NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli takes roll call.

    1. Genaro Riccio, and Jorge Mendoza are absent from the Council.

  3. Meeting Protocol: John Pregmon reads off the meeting protocol.

  4. Reports from the offices of local officials

  5. Committee Reports

    1. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee

    2. Public Safety Committee

    3. Greenway Committee

    4. Bylaws Committee

  6. Greenway Conservancy

    1. Jesse Brackenbury provides quick updates for North End residents about the Greenway. He states that the fountains are currently shut off. Boston Public Market will continue at Dewey Square and across from the park at parcel 7. The market will continue until Thanksgiving.

      1. Introduces new staff of the Greenway Conservancy. Michael Nichols is the Community Affairs and Strategic Projects Manager, and will be attending neighborhood meetings and addressing concerns. John Pregmon is still the best to contact but please know that he is an additional resource.

      2. Trina is the senior Park Ranger along with Omar and they will be now patrolling the park. They have two primary functions and are paid through grant funding. The first function is an ambassadorial function, which meant to guide tourists and visitors to the North End and the Waterfront. The second goal is to help with public safety and enforce the rules of the park. They cannot write tickets or make arrests but they are working with Boston Police to help control any issues or frequent violations in the Greenway.

        1. Michael Nichols most recently worked with the City Council, and started with the Greenway about a month ago. He will be a representative that will attend neighborhood meetings. He will be a person to turn to for issues along with John Pregmon. He is also looking for ways to Improve the experience of the Greenway.

        2. Trina Lexinbush was a police officer in New Hampshire for 12 years, as well as campus safety experience.

        3. Council Questions

          1. Phil asks if the Greenway Conservancy plans on renewing their lease which is expired.

            1. They look to extend their lease before the end of the year from MassDOT. They should have a signed lease by January so they recommend residents to look for updates on this

  7. Boston Transportation Department Acting Commissioner Addresses North End Parking Issues

    1. Acting Commissioner James Gillooly of the Boston Transportation Department attends to answer some concerns form North End Residents.

      1. There is a lot of interests mixing between businesses, residential, and visiting parking which make it difficult for people to find parking. Valet zones and commercial loading zones also make it difficult. Signage on the streets a little easier to follow but it is still difficult for people because some areas on streets in the North End will have three different regulations that are addressing the variety of parking issues.

      2. In 2013, 180,000 resident parking tickets were issued and in 2014 175,000 were issued with about 14,000 monthly.

      3. They track parking Monday through Saturday 7:30AM until 11PM, with overnight patrol for street cleaning violations.

      4. There are currently 3,406 North End Resident stickers distributed.  The department has been looking at statistics and they are interested in pushing zip cars in the city because it can reduce the amount of cars that are registered in the North End.

      5. New apps are coming out, that will allow people to pay for parking meters and paying tickets through an app on their phone.

      6. Lastly, the department is discussing doing an experiment to swap four-hour parking spots away from the high activity areas and making them in the less active areas of the North End while replacing the current four hour areas with the two hour areas that are further away from the high activity areas. This will hopefully reduce the congestion of parking in these high traffic areas.

    2. Council Question

      1. Jessica Dello Russo asks if there has been a significant increase in the renewal of resident parking.

        1. It has been going on but the trend has gone up, he doesn’t have the numbers at this time

      2. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks why there are delivery trucks out on Hanover past the 8AM-12PM time that has been allotted to them.

        1. He will talk to the patrols to make sure that they are looking through this and making sure that this issue is dealt with.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. Daniel Toscano, 78 Prince St asks if there is a review of handicap parking, and where the spots are

        1. There a two types of handicap spaces, some are there in order to accommodate people to come in for business to visit City Hall, etc. The other type are requests made by residents in order to accommodate them. These residential requested spot s are usually reviewed to see if they really need them. If someone sees the spot and feels that the spot is not needed, they can ask the city to review it to make sure that it is used properly.

  8. RUFF Dog Park:  Responsible Urbanites for Fido are working with the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services to propose a dog park on the flights of DeFilippo Park.

    1. Responsible Urbanites for Fido have been looking for space in the North End for some time because of the growing dog population. There were approached by the city to look for it and make an effort. They plan on doing a three month pilot program with hopes to insert a permanent dog park. They are seeking to place it in the flights of DeFilipp Park/ theGassey, behind Snowhill St. and Prince St. as a way to remove the crime rate, and drug use in that area. They held an abutters meeting and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive because the area is not used properly now and this could help it out. All outside money, no City funds or tax money going into the construction of this park. Lower flight with larger area will be used for larger dogs with the upper flight and smaller space being used for smaller dogs. The entrance between the two flights will be gated to keep the dogs segregated towards their areas. The upper flight is also gated and sealed from the top well enough to keep the dogs from slipping under the fence.  The entrance will be double gated and locked during the pilot program in order to keep the crime and drug use out of the area. It will not have lighting and it will be dawn to dusk during the pilot.  They will have designated potty areas for the dogs. It will start in May and run through July.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Philip Frattaroli asks what are they basing their success off of.

        1. If it gets a lot of use and they draw dogs away from the other fields than it would be considered a success.  

      2. David Marx thanks them for trying to make this area better and their continued efforts to make this project go through.

      3. John Pregmon makes a motion to support, seconded by Ann Devlin Tagliaferro.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. None.

  9. Haymarket Hotel, 111 North Street:  Normandy Properties and Harbinger Development are seeking to update the Council on their proposal for a 10 story, 225 room hotel with 25,000 sq ft of retail space on Parcel 9 of the Greenway.   (Eamon O’Mara, BRA review).

    1. Eamon O’Mara explains the plans that are set forth in creating a Hotel in the retail space on Parcel 9 of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The building is 10 stories, with 225 rooms, and 25,000 sq ft that will be dedicated to retail space (20,000sq ft on lower level). The hotel will be 100 feet higher towards Faneuil Hall and it will drop down to 2 stories as it nears the North End. It is described as the “third leg” of what will be called the Haymarket District—with the Haymarket Pushcart and Boston Public Market which is coming soon. This idea of the Haymarket District is an initiative that was wanted by Mayor Menino.  The concept of having it higher on the left (100ft) and lower on the right (25-27 ft) so that the views can be taken into account. They wanted to preserve the view of historic Blackstone St. and the Union Oyster Sign and the view of walking over in that direction from the North End. They plan on renovating Blackstone Street along with this project. Haymarket pushcarts will have more defined stalls, with water and utilities. They plan on adding trash facilities, restrooms, and a community as well with this project.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Jessica Dello Russo asks if this information and the plans are available to the public

        1. The information is located through the BRA website

      2. Maria Lanza is concerned about the views from the North End towards the Custom House Tower

        1. It is said it just may depend on where you stand and the angle at which you stand that may make it a little more difficult to see.

      3. David Marx asks if they have a potential buyer of the hotel, and if it is going to be a larger hotel chain that will come in.

        1. They are unsure of who the buyer may be, it is still open, but they want the prices to be lower so they drive occupancy up which would increase the visitors coming to the area.

      4. Ryan Kenny makes a motion to support, Jessica Dello Russo seconds motion

    3. Audience Questions

      1. Victor Brogna, Atlantic Avenue is concerned with views from the Greenway from Hanover Street, and from Salem Street. The lower building from the right is lower and may impede the views of historic Blackstone Street because zoning is 55 feet.

        1. Working with MassDOT they decided that it would be best to have the lowest side near the North End run as low as it can for as long as it can in order to protect those views for Residents and visitors.

      2. Resident from North Street asks for clarification on the hotel drop off zone and how guests will arrive to the hotel.

        1. They are currently working with Boston Transportation Department to work on creating an area where coach buses can go and pull and drop off. They have a meeting on Friday 11/14.

      3. Ashley 112 Salem St. is concerned if rates for parking in the parcel 7 garage will increase because of construction, will Haymarket be shut down during construction, and who will be paying for water and electrical use on Blackstone St.

        1. Parking will not increase, the garage has the capacity to handle that, and Haymarket will stand open as well.  They will be paying for the electric, water and trash pick up

 

  1. VPNE Parking Solutions,  181-183 Washington Street:  VPNE Parking Solutions is looking to renew their existing “License to Park 7 Vehicles for a Fee”.  (ZBA hearing date 1/6/15).

    1.  
  2. 59-61 Endicott Street: Petitioners seeking a change of legal occupancy from six residential units and store to eight residential units.  No work is being performed as it was completed a couple of years ago.  (Atty. Daniel Toscano, ZBA hearing date 11/25).

    1. Daniel Toscano representing 61 Endicott LLC seeks to change the legal occupancy to 4 and 6 residential units at the former location of Pat’s Pushcart. There is no work to be done at this site. All of the work has already been completed and no construction or renovations will need to be made.  

    2. Council Questions

      1. Philip Frattaroli asks about the garage door on the first level of the unit and if that was always intended on being used as an apartment.

        1. I don’t know if it was always intended to be an apartment. The front door is to the side of the garage door to enter the studio apartment that is within that garage door. There’s actually a second unit to the right which will be entered through that entrance as well.

      2. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro makes a motion to support, Maria Lanza seconds the motion

  3. 204 Hanover Street LLC, 204 Hanover Street:  Petitioner has applied to change occupancy from one apartment, one office and one store to one apartment, one office and one restaurant (Pomodoro) with basement.   (Atty. William Ferullo, ZBA hearing date 11/18/14).

    1. Atty. William Ferullo speaks on behalf of his client Charles Berry, the property owner of 204 Hanover St. where High Gear Jewelry used to exist. After visiting NEWNC a couple months prior, Atty. William Ferullo proposes a new simplified application to only change the first floor of the property from retail space to restaurant space. The need for the change is so that Charles Berry may lease the property to Siobhan Carew current owner of Pomodoro restaurant located at 319 Hanover St.  Siobhan Carew plans on transferring her existing beer and wine license to the new location. The new restaurant will have 39 seats, 8 seats in the open window areas where guests can eat looking out on Hanover St.  The outdoor seating will be set within the building but open to the outside (similar to the Gelateria). The vents for the restaurant will run up through the building and open up on the roof.   

    2. Council Questions

      1. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks if there is an entrance to the elevator on the side of the building

        1. The side alley is the entrance to the elevator. The entrance to it already exists.

      2. Philip Frattaroli asks if the second floor will be used as residential?

        1. No, the space will remain for office use. It was one of the violations last time, but we are fine with using it as office space and renting it out.

      3. Marie Simboli do you plan on taking away the door in the front of this building, so you plan on having a lot of traffic using the alley?

        1. Yes the door in the front would be removed, The entrance inside is on the side, the traffic would only be for people using the residential unit and office space.

      4. Ralph Verocchi, nobody using or living in this building (the Pomodoro building)  is using the alley-way?

        1. No one is currently using it. it is a common alley way for the use of the residents of that building.

      5. Jessica Dello Russo makes a motion to support, Ralph Verocchi seconds

    3. Audience Questions

      1. Representative of the Romano Family expresses his concern with the ventilation that will be used by the restaurant which will cause noise and odor to disturb the tenants of the neighboring residents. The neighboring residential building overlooks the building which is what is causing the concern. They would like to see the property go to retail space, or office space. Miss Romano a life-long resident of the North End, is afraid of the restaurant attracting lines, and more rodents. They have collected a petition with over 140 signatures in disapproval of the restaurant. Nobody has used the entrance on the side of the building for over 50 years.

      2. Laura from 206 Hanover St. one of the tenants that uses the alley had concerns about whether the gate would stay locked.

        1. The locked gate is not an issue because they can give the residents and people that use the office the ability to unlock and lock the gate.

  4. 7-11 Eleven, 464 Hanover Street: 7-Eleven would like to remove the existing signage and replace with new signage similar to what was recently installed at the other Hanover Street location.  (Laura Batignani, BRA hearing tbd).

    1. Laura Batignani from the signage company that is being contracted by 7-11 proposes to change the signage at the corner of Hanover St. to a green base with gold lettering similar to the sign that currently resides over the 7-11 at the North Bennett St. location where White Hen was previously located. This was approved by the BRA and it is designed specifically to go along with the signage that currently exists in the North End. The 7-11 signage will be illuminated by Gooseneck Lighting Fixtures, and the striping will also be removed from the windows in this process.

  5. Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments

    1. Council Votes

      1. Council supports the change occupancy from one apartment, one office and one store to one apartment, one office and one restaurant (Pomodoro) with basement 5-3.

      2. Council supports the pilot program of a Dog Park in DeFilippo Park 8-0

      3. Council supports the change the occupancy at 59-61 Endicott Street from restaurant use to residential use 8-0.

 

  1. Council supports the  Haymarket Hotel plans to develop on Parcel 9 of the Rose Kennedy Greenway 7-1.

NEWNC Meeting Minutes October 2014

North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council

October Monthly Meeting Minutes 10/6/14

  1. Welcome: NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli calls meeting into order at 6:56 PM

  2. Call to Order & Roll Call: NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli

    1. All of Council in attendance

  3. Meeting Protocol: NEWNC Vice President  John Pregmon reads the meeting protocol at 6:57PM

  4. Report from the offices of local elected officials:

    1. Nicole Leo from Mayor Walsh's Office states that neighborhood engagement walks have begun

    2. Patrick Lyons—no comments

    3. Maria Puopolo—no comments

  5. Committee Reports:

    1. Resident Parking/ Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny. announces transportation commissioner will discuss resident parking next month

    2. Public Safety Committee: David Marx states the success of last Thursday meeting

      1. Late-night walk throughs with Captain Fong, Sergeant Chin and Richard Grelish of Suffolk University Police experienced no big reports or issues, but helped the police connect to the community. Another walk through will take place later in the month.

      2. 7 arrests such as trespassers in the Gassy, robbery, larceny, drug possessions have been made over the past month.

      3. David Marx asks the community to come together and help out the community to keep it safe, and peaceful.

    3. Greenway Committee: NEWNC Vice President John Pregmon discusses news on the Greenway Committee.

      1. Refers residents to look for news and upcoming events online at RoseKennedyGreenway.org

      2. Meeting 10/7 to discuss

      3. Seasonal markets will take place throughout Thanksgiving.

      4. Next Monday (Columbus Day) the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will be having their annual celebration.

    4. Bylaws Committee: Ryan Kenny reads the new NEWNC bylaws  

      1. Change in the by-laws of the council to 5 minutes for each presenter to present their issue.

      2. Voting will now be done by ballot in which the council’s decision will be announced upon the conclusion of each meeting.

      3. The conflicts of interests have been updated to and held as an immediate family member or a direct financial interest in the application presented, which must all be disclosed during the executive meeting.

      4. All of the new bylaws are posted at www.newncboston.org

  6. Commissioner William Christopher of Boston Inspectional Services (ISDA)

    1. Procedurally we are trying to deal with the Board of Appeals to break down the zoning process by reforming

      1. Zoning process

      2. Permit Process

    2. They have separated commercial development from small family, residential issues.

      1. Now people may present informally to a panel consisting of three people without an attorney to present their project. Here, people can pitch their ideas and be heard.

      2. Tuesday’s will host zoning appeals all day (approximately 150/day)

        1. This will shorten the appeals for zoning down to 45 days, and maybe 20 days if it is done correctly.

    3. Council Questions

      1. David Marx makes note to thank Commissioner Christopher about this plan, because it will surely make a difference on the turnaround time for licensing approvals.

      2. Jessica Dello Russo asks if they are looking at the totality of zoning

        1. We are already looking at zoning on the whole. One of the new initiatives is to begin streamlining these hearings. We are primarily focusing on business districts at this time.

    4. Audience Questions

      1. Caroline Conway, 72 Salem St. Is this limited to applicants only or can anyone attend these ZBA meetings to listen?

        1. Open to the public to hear.

  7. Boston Water and Sewer Commission: Irene McSweeney and Sean Canty

    1. Update residents on new projects coming up in the North End.

      1. Phase 1 Street Limits distributed to audience. Find information about your street online at http://www.bwsc.org/PROJECTS/projects.asp . Go to “Boston” and click through the projects and street details.

      2. There are three different things going on

        1. Lining systems replaced/repaired—two days/one week

        2. Sewer Systems repaired/replaced—two days/one week

        3. Water main replacement—multiple weeks

      3. They will be going through businesses to alert them of their hours, and they will explain the timelines for the construction

      4. Overnight noise will not be an issue because all heavy machinery will be moved off site, and shut off overnight. Night work will consist of working underground, creating less noise disturbance

        1. If noise is an issue at this point you are recommended to speak to the project supervisor who is in charge. Do not call the BWSC because they will just refer you to speak to the supervisor either way.

      5. BWSC asks residents to reduce water usage while projects are taking place on their street because it may cause issues on site.

      6. Nothing toxic will be getting into the water supply

        1. Recommended to vent your homes if fumes do happen to appear which is not likely.

      7. A rodent control program will be enforced to prevent an influx of rodents during construction. If an increase does come about please notify the BWSC.

      8. Keep track of any updates online through the BWSC’s website using the link provided above.

    2. Council Questions:

      1. Ryan Kenny asks about the impact that this project will have on residential parking in the North End.

        1. This will have no effect, only excavators are allowed out overnight and will be left on Hanover overnight.

    3. Audience Questions:

      1. Resident asks if the work on the sewer system will increase water pressure.

        1. The water pressure will be standardized now, it will not increase water pressure except in some of the more outdated sewer systems.  

      2. Resident asks when will construction begin, and will they be able to go through the winter.  

        1. They will continue to work through the winter until they cannot because of the snow and/or frozen ground.

        2. When they shut down for winter, they will resume work in April, and will hope to be done by November of 2015.

  8. Sushi Rock LLC, 78-80 Salem St:

    1. Attorney Daniel Toscano representing Nicholas Leo meets in front of the council transfer the existing CV-7 Day Malt & Wine with Liqueurs License from Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar. He is also looking into altering the premises by increasing seating capacity to the second floor along with a dining bar. Atty. Toscano is also requesting an extension of his proposed restaurant’s closing hour from 11:00PM to 11:30PM on Sunday-Wednesday, and from 12:00PM to 12:30PM on Thursday-Saturday.

      1. They plan to add 28 seats in total (18 on the floor and 10 at a dining bar)

      2. They plan on having 44 seats upstairs with a dining bar as well.

      3. He will adhere to the rules of garbage and will hold all trash within the restaurant and will put it out at the close of each night properly

      4. Nicholas Leo is resident of the North End, he is an owner of Brickyard Restaurant and he hopes to add in something new and unique that will make this specific location a success.

    2. Council Questions:

      1. Phil asks if he has had license restrictions, or violations in the past.

        1. No violations or restrictions to be noted.

      2. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks if they will have their windows open

        1. Yes, they will have the windows open seasonally when weather permits. They are also in the process of proposing adding an entertainment license for background music and televisions within the restaurant—which in that particular case they will adhere to code and have the windows shut by 11:00PM.

      3. Maria asks for a clarification on the dining bars upstairs and downstairs.

        1. Since it is a sushi bar, they will have a chef at the downstairs bar preparing food for guests. Upstairs will not consist of a chef but they will be able to order food and receive food to the bar upstairs. They are dining bars and will not serve alcohol without food.

      4. Jorge Mendoza asks about how many seats the restaurant will hold all together.

        1. 82 overall seats

      5. John Pregmon asks about when the surrounding restaurants typically close.

        1. Urban Cantina closes at 12:00 AM

        2. Vito’s closes at 1:00 AM

      6. David Marx asks if the owner has found out how long restaurants like this (aside from Chinatown) stay open until.

        1. Options are limited later at night and people may want to eat something other than Italian food. In all they may not stay up that late but they want to have the late night hours extended just in case their customers would like it open later.  

    3. Audience Questions:

      1. Nicole Leo from Mayor Walsh’s office explains some of the issues that abutters had were:

        1. Increasing closing hours by an hour originally

          1. Atty. Toscano states that after listening to the abutters, they have agreed to and have proposed to NEWNC only increasing the closing hours by 30 minutes instead of an hour. He goes on to state that Nicholas Leo would like to service the young professionals, students and other residents that live in the North End. He would like to see these people who may not be able to eat until later on in the evening, and make sure that they can eat in the North End and not have to go elsewhere.

      2. Caroline Conway focuses her concern on the closing hour for the restaurant and believes that Nicholas Leo should initially adhere to the good neighbor policy of an 11:00PM closing hour on weekdays and 12:00AM on weekends because he has no previous record in the neighborhood. Speaking on behalf of the abutters, she would like

      3. Resident/Owner of 77 Salem St seconds the comments on behalf of Caroline and believes that it is completely inconsiderate the neighborhood given the noise issues that are already occurring on Salem St.

      4. Dom P. advises Nicholas Leo to adhere to the good neighbor policy, please stick to the standard Friday- Sunday weekend hours and then the neighborhood will think it over. It is not fair to have a competitive advantage when other restaurants around this planned restaurant are adhering the good neighbor policy for the most part.

      5. Resident of Unity St. is concerned with the clarification of the bar, and the noise that this might attract to this area

        1. Atty. Toscano restates that it is a dining bar, and Nicholas Leo would not bring in a bad crowd but a crowd of young professionals looking to enjoy a meal and a drink later in the evening.

  9. JW Capital Partners, Lewis Wharf:

    1. Atty. Toscano representing JW Capital Partners and developer John Moriarty proposes their plans to develop on the north and south side piling of Lewis Wharf with two 55 foot buildings, one would be a 120-130 room boutique hotel and the other building will consist of a 30-50 unit residential building. There will be a connector building which would be 30 feet tall and contain a restaurant and a hallway to connect both buildings. An underground parking lot will be developed and remove the current above ground parking lot.

      1. After hearing and listening to all of the abutters, JW Capital is currently reassessing their project plans because of the traffic and the view issues that the residents have

      2. JW Capital would like to hear some of the concerning issues from the neighborhood to understand what the best use and benefit of this property will be. They want to work with the neighborhood.

    2. Council Questions:

      1. Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks what will happen to the parking over in that particular area while construction would be underway.

        1. The parking units will be misplaced, but as far as the plan for moving the parking units it is unclear because there is no official plan proposed yet.

      2. Jorge asks for clarification that JW Capital has do not have an official proposal and they have not proposed anything to the city yet in regards to this project.

      3. They have gone in front of the Boston Redevelopment Authority and they had told JW Capital to go and speak with the neighborhoods and listen to their concerns before bringing up a proposal.

    3. Audience Questions:

      1. Doug Sheffe of Prince St. asks if JW Capital would simply withdraw from their attempt to develop on this property because of the overwhelming opposition that they have received to this project. He does however appreciate the comments by Atty. Toscano that JW Capital does not want to build against the North End, but they want to build something by working with the neighborhood. He also recommends all abutters to sign the online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-northendwaterfront/. Sheffe proceeds to state that there are three things that they can do from this point forward:

          1. Go head to head with the neighborhood wh

          2. Sell it someone else that will try to do the same thing

          3. Use it or sell it to someone that is going to use the property properly and in a manner that is going to address the issues and concerns of the neighborhood.

        1. Atty. Toscano states that he appreciates how professional and respectful the neighborhood has been to him and he is looking forward to be able to work together in the future when JW Capital does put together a proposal.  

      2. Jim Sellini, 28 Charter St., asks why do they need 200-300 parking spots for a 30-50 residential unit.

        1. Atty. Toscano explains that the parking is also containing the spots necessary for the hotel. The current lot holds about 200 spots on Lewis Wharf.

  10. The Cronin Group/Tia’s Restaurant 200 Atlantic Ave:

    1. Kieran McNeelus one of the owners of Tias’ Waterfront LLC is the company in charge. They are just associated with the Cronin Group. They are proposing to add a second floor dining, roof deck dining capacity to 240. 162 seated between the dining area and the bar. 78 waiting between the waiting area and bar. We currently seat about 550 total.  Staircase in front, staircase in back, elevator inside, retractable roof, glass railing. We are very mindful of our neighbors and the sound issues that they may have, so we are working with a soundproofing contractor to help with noise control. We have been to the ZBA and they have allowed us to processed, so from now on we are dealing with the BRA, they are telling us what we can and cannot do as far as the construction of the roof. We will then be going back to get our entertainment license and our liquor license extended to the roof dining area as well.

    2. Council Questions:

      1. Phil Frattaroli if they have had to go in front of the Boston Parks Commission for approval and support.

        1. As far as we aware we have not been told to go to them.

      2. Jorge asks what the ZBA has approved of for them to proceed with exactly.

        1. ZBA has approved them to move forward with their second floor plans, and to address the restrictions that are on the roof deck.

      3. Phil asks if they have reached out to any residents,

        1. Yes we have met with all three of our jurisdictions. District Wharf Council, Commercial Wharf, and Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

      4. Phil clarifies that the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park is not a neighborhood council, but they are a only a fundraising organization.

      5. Jorge states that reason why the council is primarily concerned with this is because both the North End Residents and Tia’s share something of the same interest which is Christopher Columbus Park. This common interest would make it reasonable for the council to hear the proposal earlier in the process.   

      6. John Pregmon states traditionally residents in parcels 1-4 and some of parcel 6 would come in front of the council out of respect and they ask that out of respect and tradition that they continue to come to the council.

      7. David Marx also makes a point to say that the customers of Tia’s will most likely seek out the North End as a destination afterward, and the North End Residents will go over to Tia’s as well.

      8. Phil states that Tia’s had come in front of the neighborhood council a couple of months ago and when the council asked them if they had plans to expand Tia’s said no

    3. Audience Questions

      1. Stephen Passacantilli of the Mayor’s Office clarifies that they don’t have to go in front of the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council because they do not have jurisdiction and that they only have to go to the Wharf District for approval.

        1. Owner adds on that when they visited NEWNC last, Tia’s was under different ownership.   

  11. Statewide Ballot Question 2:

    1. Emilee Ellison from No on Question 2 as well as a representative from the Sierra Club of Massachusetts presents her arguments against the proposed expansion of the Bottle Bill on the November 4 ballot. If passed this expansion will add a 5 cent deposit to containers like bottled water, teas, juices, and sports drinks.

      1. Emilee states that this may expand the 5 cent deposit onto other bottled beverages, and containers that people would not expect.

      2. Emilee states that every five years, the Bottle Bill will be reviewed and they can decide to increase the deposit every five years if they choose to do so.

      3. In her opposition to the Bottle Bill, Emilee claims that the implementation of this bill will create a $68 million dollar increase in operation costs for grocery stores.

        1. Emilee argues that this increase on the grocery stores will affect each and every customer by increasing the cost of groceries even higher.

      4. Emilee later says that Boston already has it’s residents paying for recycling as a part of their trash pick up and that this cost increase in order to increase the amount of recycling is meaningless when the city is already taking the necessary steps to help increase recycling.

    2. Council Questions

      1. Ryan Kenny thanks Emilee for attending and supports her arguments made for voting no to it given the initiative that the city has already taken

      2. Jorge Mendoza comments saying that the city has the residents already paying for three days of trash pick-up when they only pick it up twice now, and that they will be profiting even more from an unnecessary deposit.

      3. Phil encourages all of the residents to be sure to vote on this issue.

    3. Audience Questions

      1. Jim Selini states that he opposes Emilee’s arguments and that he believes it will be good to benefit how much people will recycle in the neighborhood.

  12. Council Votes

    1. Sushi Rock LLC, 78-80 Salem St.

      1. The council votes in favor to transfer the existing CV-7 Day Malt & Wine with Liqueurs License from Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar, as well as the alteration of premises by increasing seating capacity to the second floor along with a dining bar.

        1. 10-0 vote in support

      2. The Council votes in favor to support the extension of closing hour from 11:00PM to 11:30PM on Sunday-Wednesday, and from 12:00PM to 12:30PM on Thursday-Saturday.

        1. 6-4 vote in support

  13. President Phil Frattaroli calls the October NEWNC meeting to close at 8:45PM

NEWNC Agenda Monday October 6th 2014

Monday, October 6th , 2014, 7:00 PM

 

1.    Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.    Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.    Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.    Report from the offices of local elected officials

5.        Committee Reports:

           a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

           b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

d. Bylaws Committee: Ryan Kenny

 

6.    Boston Water & Sewer Commission:  BWSC is moving forward with their work replacing and lining sewer pipes in the North End, and would like to update the Council.

 

7.    Sushi Rock LLC, 78-80 Salem St:  Nicolas Leo is seeking the transfer of a CV 7-Day Malt & Wine with Liqueurs License from Pulcinella Mozzarella Bar, Inc to Sushi Rock, LLC and an extension of the closing hours from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM.  (Atty. Daniel Toscano, Licensing Board hearing date tbd).

 

8.     JW Capital Partners, Lewis Wharf: JW Capital Partners has requested an opportunity to meet with the council to discuss their proposal to develop a boutique hotel and approximately 30-50 residential units on the existing pilings of Lewis Wharf. (Atty. Daniel Toscano, preliminary meeting).

 

9.     The Cronin Group/Tia’s Restaurant, 200 Atlantic Ave:   The Cronin Group has requested a zoning variance to add a second level to their restaurant.  (Atty. William Ferullo, ZBA hearing date September 23, 2014).

 

10.     Statewide Ballot Question 2:  Emilee Ellison from No on Question 2 and a representative from the Sierra Club of Massachusetts will present their sides on the proposed expansion of the Bottle Bill slated for the November 4 ballot. If passed, the expansion would add a 5 cent deposit to containers like bottled water, teas, juices, and sports drinks.


11.   Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

NEWNC Agenda September 8th 2014

September 8, 2014 NEWNC Meeting Agenda

 

1.    Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.    Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.    Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.    Report from the offices of local elected officials

5.        Committee Reports:

           a.     Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

           b.     Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c.     Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

6.   Jerome Smith - Director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services

 

7.      The Waterfront Cafe, 450 Commercial St: Rocco Zagarella owner of The Waterfront Cafe is seeking to increase the official capacity of his establishment and to remove the restriction of alcohol with the service of food only on the license. There are no changes proposed other than that and no changes to the layout/floor plan of business.  (Atty. Patrick Troy, ZBA hearing date tbd)

8.    Jorge, Pat & Frank Mendoza, Monica’s Trattoria, 69 Prince St.:  Have leased 67 Prince Street the former site of Sage Restaurant, Grezzo Restaurant and most recently El Triunfo Restaurant to expand Monica’s Trattoria at 69 Prince Street into the space.  They have applied to the Boston Licensing Board to amend the description of the premises from “ @ 67 Prince Street: in one room on the first floor with kitchen in storage in the rear to at 67-69 Prince St. in two rooms with kitchen on the first floor prep kitchen and storage in basement” also to change the DBA from Monica’s Pizzeria to Monica’s Trattoria. (Atty. William Ferullo, ZBA hearing date tbd)

 

9.     Melina DiPaola, 240 Commercial Street:  Melina who had planned to open a spin studio and Juicery at 10 Lewis Street was not able to complete her buildout at that location and has applied to  “change the occupancy of 420 Commercial Street from GARAGE to FITNESS CENTER and JUICERY (take-out)”, at this location. The proposed uses are Conditional in a MFR/LS zoning district.  (Atty. William Ferullo, ZBA hearing date tbd)

 

10.     North Bennet Street School, President Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez:  Discuss the school's interest in the Department of Transportation building at 128 North Street

 

11.       Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:


 

NEWNC Meeting Minutes July 14, 2014

July 14th NEWNC Agenda Meeting Minutes

 

1.     Welcome:  NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli calls meeting into order at 7:00 PM

2.     Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President Philip Frattaroli takes roll call.

a.     Ralph Verrocchi, John Pregmon, Maria Lanza, David Marx, Philip Frattaroli, Ann Devlin Tagliaferro, Ryan Kenney, Jessica Dello Russo, Gennaro Riccio, Jorge Mendoza (Present)

b.     Marie Simboli (Absent)

3.     Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President John Pregmon reads meeting protocol 7:02 PM

4.     Report from the offices of local elected officials

a.      Patrick Lyons (Rep. Michelwitz) Nothing new to report

b.     Nicole Leo (Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services) Nothing new to report

c.      Maria Puopolo (Sen. Petrucelli) Nothing new to report

d.     Kathy Carangelo D’Amore (Councilor Lamattina) Nothing new to report

5.     Committee Reports:

a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

                                          i.     Confirms that he will be meeting with BTD Commissioner Dennehy sometime in October.

b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

                         i.     Reports on complaints about illegal activity in the gassy where they have been finding needles; they are discussing the possibility of locking the gates to the upper part of the gassy at nights to prevent this issue.

                           ii.     The public safety meeting that was delayed due to July 4th is going to be rescheduled

                                  iii.     States that the new trash pick-up program has been successful with an 80% compliance rate in the North End. Contact Boston Public Works if there are any issues picking up trash so that they can come remove it immediately.

c.      Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

                                 i.     Summer Music Series is continuing

{C}1.     Boston Calling Block Party at Dewey Square, and Berkeley’s Greenway Concert Series ongoing.

                                    ii.     Boston Public Market will continue Monday-Friday from 12-6 PM

                                   iii.     Carousel is open from 11-7 PM Monday-Thursday and 11-9 PM Friday-Sunday

6.     Boston Water and Sewer Department- BWSD gives informational presentation on upcoming project to re-line, and reinforce sewer drains in the North End at 7:12 PM.

a.     State that they are in the middle of a two phase project to replace the sewer drains and piping in the North End

                                           i.     Phase 1 will start at the beginning of September and they will work through the winter.

                                             ii.     Anticipate starting phase 2 of the project will begin early 2015.

                                          iii.     Anticipate completion in late 2015.

b.     Sewer drains that are in the most critical need of repair will be addressed first (Salem St.)

c.      They will work 5 days a week; some projects will require a twelve hour work day for completion.

d.     The workers will bring the trash from curbside to the garbage truck for disposal.

e.     They will coordinate which day is most convenient to complete the project and are open to preferences if they are contacted in advance.

7.     204 HANOVER STREET LLC, 204 Hanover St.:  Charles Berry, Manager has applied to change occupancy from one apartment, one office and one store to two apartments and one restaurant with basement. 

a.      Atty. Bill Ferrullo introduces his client Charles Berry and Siobhan Carew the owner of Pomodoro, which currently resides at 319 Hanover St. and begins informational presentation at 7:25 PM.

                               i.     Atty. Bill Ferrullo States that his client has lost the lease at their current location and would like to move to 204 Hanover Street alongside the Romano Florist Shop.

                          ii.     Request a zoning change for ground floor and basement to move from retail space to restaurant space, as well as moving the upper two floors from office space to residential space.

1.  Basement will become a food preparation area with the dining room at ground level.

2.  Elevator will be installed to bring residents up to their unit.

                   iii.     Proposes that they will move the face of the store inward to allow for outdoor seating (similar to Gelateria).

1.  Seating will consist of 8 seasonal seats outdoors, and 31 seats inside. 

                         iv.     Alleyway on the side of the building will be strictly used for the residents living above.

                         v.     Owners will transfer their current liquor license to new unit.

b. Council Questions

                    i.     David Marx asks if this will cause more foot traffic for people in the North End by creating a line for people to wait before being seated?

1. Atty. Ferrullo responds by saying that the restaurant runs mainly on reservations and they do not typically seat walk-ins, so the line may not be an issue

                     ii.     Maria Lanza asks if the property owner had made an effort to find a lessor that would maintain the retail space prior

1.   Atty. Ferrullo responds that they had not.

                              iii.     Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks if the neighboring residents had been notified.

1. Atty. Ferrullo responds that they have been.

                iv.     Jessica Dello Russo asks if there will there be lighting for the resident in the alleyway, and will they have enough room to comfortably get in and out of building because it is very narrow.

1. Atty. Ferrullo states that there will be some sort of lighting.

    v.     Phil asks if there is a need for the elevator in the unit.

1.   Atty. Ferrullo says that it will be for additional use by the residents, and that it will not be loud or disruptive to neighboring buildings.

c. Audience Questions

      i.     Atty. George Debore representing the Romano family that has lived in the neighboring building their entire life, and the Roman Florist Shop alongside 204 Hanover makes comments for his clients.

1. His clients oppose this because it will upset the tranquility of their tenants in their 10 unit building that would overlook the space.

2.The smell from the restaurant may cause odor concerns for neighboring tenant, and the noise level for the mechanics that would be used to remove the odor would be just as disruptive.

Decision

             i.     Jorge Mendoza makes a motion to support the zoning change from a retail space and office space to restaurant space and residential space which is seconded by Jessica Dello Russo seconds the motion

Ryan Kenney, Ann Devlin Tagliaferro, Ralph Verrocchi, Gennaro Riccio, John Pregmon, and Maria Lanza oppose the motion.

             ii.     Ralph Verrocchi makes a motion to oppose the zoning change from a retail space and office space to restaurant space and residential space which is seconded by Ryan Kenney.

Jessica Dello Russo, Jorge Mendoza, and David Marx oppose the motion.

Council rules to support the motion of opposing the zoning change from a retail space and office space to restaurant space and residential space 6-3.

8. Golden Goose, 81-85 Atlantic Avenue:  Steve D’Angelis, owner of the Golden Goose Market has applied to add a one-story addition to the northerly side of the market to expand the market.

a.  Atty. Bill Ferrullo introduces his client and begins his informational presentation on the architectural plans for creating an addition onto the market at 7:55 PM.

                  i.     Looking to add 1600 square feet in a one story greenhouse attached to the northerly side of the market to create more space for produce, move checkout space to current prepared foods section, and then move prepared foods section into the greenhouse area by removing the cobblestone planters that are located on this side of the building on their private property.

                             ii.     They will enclose the dumpsters in the backside of the building onto this expansion to prevent them from being seen from the Commercial Street side.

The expansion will also allow them to have room for a ramp that will be used for deliveries directly into the store.

                                   iii.     Their building is zoned for market use at this time but the adjoined space that they will be expanding onto is zoned for multifamily residential use at their location. They would like to get this space zoned as market space as well.

                                  iv.     Steve D’Angelis adds on that this expansion will help reduce traffic congestion in his store and make it more convenient for his customers.

 Council Questions

                              i.     Jorge Mendoza asks if the space is still a part of their existing property.

1. Atty. Bill Ferrullo responds that it is under the same ownership and it is seen as private land.

                          ii.     David Marx asks for clarification on where their deliveries are currently coming in.

1.Steve D’Angelis responds that the small orders come in through the front, but large orders are delivered in the rear of the building.

                  iii.     Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks if their abutters have been notified about this change, and also asks if the trees are going to be removed.

1. Atty. Bill Ferrullo states that the abutters have been notified and that the unfortunately the trees will have to be removed from the side of the market.

   iv.     Jessica Dello Russo inquires about the current use of the basement, and why they are unable to use that existing space?

1.   Steve D’Angelis responds that the basement is strictly used for refrigeration/storage and food prep. They need that existing space to maintain it’s existing purpose.

c. Audience Questions

                   i.     Kathy McDonald from the Prince Building asks how far back will this addition go and if it will interfere with the people on the Commercial Wharf side of the building entering their building, and will the trucks be able to fully back into the ally from the Atlantic Avenue side.

1.   Steve D’Angelis answers by saying that the addition will go back 30 feet from the front of the building which will not interfere with anyone else in the building behind the Golden Goose. He then states the ally is wide enough for trucks to back in and make their deliveries to the market.

        ii.     Paul Raguzza from the Prince Building asks if they will need to up the amount of tonnage they currently use for refrigeration in the building, which would increase noise disturbance in the neighborhood.

}1.  Steve D’Angelis states that since they will not need more refrigeration and that the tonnage will remain the same.

                                iii.     Victor Brogna asks if they will be removing seating from the side of the building in order to create this addition.

1.Steve D’Angelis states that they will not be removing the chairs and tables from outside of the store.

d. Decision

     i.     Ralph Verrocchi makes a motion to support the request to add a one story addition to the northerly side of the market to expand the market which is seconded by Maria Lanza.

1.  Jessica Dello Russo opposes the motion.

2. The council moves to support the request to add a one story addition to the northerly side of the market to expand the market by the count of 8-1.

9. 1-800 Flowers/Circle Pizza, 361 Hanover Street:  Joe Bono & Warren Mustacchio have filed an application to change the occupancy from store (formerly 1-800-flowers) to a restaurant.  They plan to reestablish a pizza parlor similar to Circle Pizza, which had operated at the site for many years.

a. Atty. Bill Ferrullo introduces his client Joe Bono and his partner Warren Mustacchio and their architect Don Valenti at 8:19 PM.

i.     Atty. Bill Ferrullo begins presentation by stating that his clients would like to recreate the once popular pizza parlor known as Circle Pizza, and they are trying to receive permission to obtain permission from the previous owners to use the name.

                                  ii.     The restaurant will have 40 seats inside and they will do take out as well.

                                    iii.     They are proposing that they will have a license to serve alcohol, and only serve that alcohol with food .If they receive the alcohol license, they will close at 11 PM Sunday through Thursday, and close by 12 AM on Fridays and Saturdays

                                           iv.     Basement will be used as storage and prep. They will hold garbage in basement until the end of the night, and that garbage will be removed daily.

             b. Council Questions

                           i.     Philip Frattaroli asks what they plan to do as far as venting the restaurant.

Atty. Bill Ferrullo states that they will vent up to the roof.

                          ii.     David Marx asks what efforts were made by the landlord to seek out a tenant that would maintain retail space and not move to a restaurant space.

Atty. Bill Ferrullo states that the efforts are unknown.

           iii.     Ann Devlin Tagliaferro asks what they plan on using as far as signage.

Joe Bono states that the signage will be consistent with the street.

    iv.     Maria Lanza asks if they are going to buy the liquor license for the space.

Joe Bono states that they will seek whatever options are available to them.

c. Audience Questions

                                       i.     Donato Frattaroli 10 Harris St.  voices support for Joe Bono and Warren Mustacchio because of how much they do for the community, and how much they give back to the neighborhood.

                                       ii.     Neil Deninburg, Commercial St. states that Joe Bono contributes a lot to the Christopher Columbus Park and supports him in the pursuit to recreate Circle Pizza.

                    d. Decision

                                i.     Ryan Kenney makes a motion to support the application to change the occupancy from store (formerly 1-800-flowers) to a restaurant, which is seconded by Ann Devlin Tagliaferro.

Council votes all in favor to support the motion 9-0.

 

10. The Waterfront Cafe, Commercial St: Rocco Zagarella owner of The Waterfront Cafe is seeking to increase the official capacity of his establishment. There are no changes proposed other than that and no changes to the layout/floor plan of business. (Deferred until proper neighborhood notification)

 

 

11. Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments:

NEWNC Council meeting closes at 8:30 PM

NEWNC Agenda July 14, 2014

1.    Welcome:  NEWNC President

2.    Call to order & Roll Call:  NEWNC President

3.    Meeting Protocol:  NEWNC Vice President

4.    Report from the offices of local elected officials

5.        Committee Reports:

           a. Resident Parking/Traffic Committee: Ryan Kenny

           b. Public Safety Committee: David Marx

c. Greenway Committee:  John Pregmon

6.    204 HANOVER STREET LLC, 204 Hanover St.:  Charles Berry, Manager has applied to change occupancy from one apartment, one office and store to two apartments and one restaurant with basement.  

7.      Golden Goose, 81-85 Atlantic Avenue:  Steve D’Angelis, owner of the Golden Goose Market has applied to add a one story addition to the northerly side of the market to expand the market.

8.      1-800 Flowers/Circle Pizza, 361 Hanover Street:  Joe Bono & Warren Mustacchio have filed an application to change the occupancy from store (formerly 1-800-flowers) to restaurant.  They plan to reestablish a pizza parlour similar to Circle Pizza which had operated at the site for many years.

9.     The Waterfront Cafe, Commercial St: Rocco Zagarella owner of The Waterfront Cafe is seeking to increase the official capacity of his establishment. There are no changes proposed other than that and no changes to the layout/floor plan of business.

10.       Announcements/Open Discussion/Comments: