NEWNC supports Salem Street development plans

For the second time during the past several months, David Crocini a resident of Salem Street, found himself before the North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council presenting plans to develop the property at 133 Salem Street.

The site an unoccupied building was formerly the site of Sheldon’s Bargain Basement for many years. The structure was built in 1868 and housed the North End’s first Firehouse.

Crocini plans to reside on the upper floor and part of the roof deck which will be expanded, with his wife and two children, received support from his abutters, except one who claimed her windows would be blocked.

The North End resident is seeking a variance to change the legal occupancy from retail to retail and four residential units, including the expansion of the head house for additional family living spaces.

The height of the building will be 49.9 feet well under the 55 foot height limitations mandated in the North End.

Crocini made it clear that the roof deck will be used only by his family and will not be used as a common area.

The building will have adequate basement storage and pest control implementations will also take place.

The Council voted 5-2 in favor of the request. North End Attorney Daniel Toscano represented David Crocini on this request.

A request by Paul Baker seeking a variance to change the legal occupancy at 65 Salem Street (formerly Go Bananas) from retail with take-out restaurant including 18 seats was deferred by the owner’s Attorney Daniel Toscano to a future meeting of the Council.

The next NEWNC monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 12 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street. All residents are welcome to attend.

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