Controversial Proposal Withdrawn at Next Community Meeting

A controversial proposal relating to 3 Wiget and 92-96 Salem Street will be withdrawn at the December 11 Zoning Board of Appeal public hearing in an attempt to work with abutters who have registered numerous verbal and letters of opposition.

Surprisingly, the owner’s representative made the announcement at last week’s North End/Waterfront Residents’ Association monthly meeting held at the Nazzaro Community Center.

The proposal was placed on the NEWRA agenda for discussion and a vote by its members.

The proposal by Nickolas D’Amore called for the removal of the one-story structure at 3 Wiget Street and construction of a new 5 story building extension to the back of 92-96 Salem Street, changing the legal occupancy of Salem Street from 2-stores and 6 apartments to 2 stores and 11 apartments.

Apparently, the Zoning Board will reject the proposal without prejudice, allowing the developer the opportunity to prepare new plans for re-submission.

NEWRA supported (29-3) a request by Daniel O’Connor to purchase the wine and beer shop “Bottles” at 372 Commercial Street and to transfer the business license to same location. O’Connor, a North End resident, plans to manage the store and possibly change the closing hour from 10pm to 9pm.

Nigel Jacobs, a North End resident, received NEWRA support (24-7) to add a fourth floor penthouse and roof deck to the existing building at 3 Tileston Street, a three story one-family structure. The area will not be used as living space.

Abutters at the meeting supported O’Connor and Jacob plans.

State Representative Aaron Michlewitz presented outgoing NEWRA President Stephanie Hogue with a House Proclamation recognizing her outstanding leadership at NEWRA.

Stephen Passacantilli of Councilor LaMattina’s Office updated residents on the status of the Noise Ordinance which was released from committee and goes before the full Boston City Council in the near future for a vote. If enacted it would require the Mayor’s signature.

NEWRA announced that they will bring back its “Good Neighbor” Award which recognizes the business community and/or residents for helping to keep the neighborhood clean by sweeping in front of their place of business and/or their residence. Members were also reminded that the NEWRA memberships are due for the year 2013.

The North End Beautification Committee presented their goals for the neighborhood in the near future which included holiday decorations and a holiday tree lighting at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets.

The community group made up of Stephen Passacantilli, Patricia Thiboutot, Allison Seavey and David Grant, recently had the tree pits on Cross and Richmond Streets cleaned and refurbished.

The next NEWRA monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center.

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