Between all the protocol, committee reports, elected official updates, guest speakers and three agenda voting items, this month’s North End/Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) meeting contained a wide-range of information pertaining directly to the community.
One request by JW Capital Partners, Lincoln Wharf drew enough Waterfront resistance not only to fill the hall but several of the opposition had to remain outside handing out petitions and carrying signs that read “Save the Waterfront Community”.
While the developer asked to appear before the Council for information purposes, Waterfront residents turned out in force to oppose a potential proposal to develop a boutique hotel and approximately 30-50 residential units on the existing pilings of Lewis Wharf.
The developer did not attend the neighborhood meeting but was represented by North End Attorney Daniel Toscano who told residents he would take their message back to the developer for reconsideration. No vote was taken by the Council.
Nicolas Leo’s request to transfer a CV 7 Day Malt and Wine with Liqueurs license from Pulcinella Mozzarella, Bar Inc. to Sushi Rock LLC, 78-80 Salem Street was supported by the Council by a vote of 10-0.
However, an extension of Sushi’s closing hours from 11pm to 1am was changed to 12:30am with Council approval.
The applicant was represented by North End Attorney Daniel Toscano.
The Cronin Group/Tia’s Restaurant, 200 Atlantic Avenue told the Council the reason they didn’t appear before the Council in the past, is because they were told by former NEWNC President Stephen Passacantilli that they did not come under the district covered by the Council and should be advising the Waterfront District Committee.
Tia’s wants to add a second level to the eatery, increasing the capacity to 550 seats.
While numerous questions were posed, the Council did not vote on the request and no apparent determination was made relating to the Council voting on the proposal.
Tia’s was represented by North End Attorney William Ferullo.
The Counsel advised that they would vote by secret ballot and announced the results at the end of the meeting, including individual voter.
A representative of the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) advise residents that the work replacing and lining sewer pipes in the North End is moving forward and updated the Council of additional dates and times of upcoming construction.
Emilee Ellison from No on Question 2 and a representative from the Sierra Club of Massachusetts presented their side on the proposed expansion of the Bottle Bill slated for a vote on Tuesday, November 4 ballot.
If passed, they claimed, the expansion would add a five percent deposit to containers like bottled water, teas, juices, and sports drinks.
The NEWNC Council Board consists of President Philip Frattaroli, Vice President John Pregmon, Secretary Maria Lanza, Jessica Dello Russo, Ryan Kenney, David Marx, Jorge Mendoza, Gennaro Riccio, Marie Simboli, Anne Devlin Tagliaferro and Ralph Verrocchi.
The next NEWNC monthly meeting will be held on Monday, November 10 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street.