I wanted to update you all about the status of the project at 377 Summer
The ZBA unanimously passed the two special permits last night, allowing the project to move forward with the current plans. Comments from the board were that they felt that the building design was attractive and would help to anchor the eastern end of
There were a few minor concessions agreed to. One is to cut back the angled first floor corner at Cutter and Summer by approximately 2 feet to provide better visibility around the corner. The other was an increase in payments to the city for traffic and parking marking and signage in
The next step is the finalization of a document to outline the responsibilities of the contractor during construction and the building management after construction. I believe this is being called the Construction Impact Statement. This is essential as this project will take a year or more to complete. One nice point is that there will be a $3500 fine for each instance of a violation of the agreement, with the proceeds to be donated to non-profit groups benefiting
About ten local residents spoke very passionately and eloquently against the granting of the special permits and over 200 people in Davis Sq. during the weekend singed a petition stating the same (thanks Johanna). So there are plenty of folks who truly love Davis Sq. and do not want to see its unique character destroyed by overdevelopment, but want smart integrated development. I’m looking forward to seeing the comments and hearing of any suggestions on how we all can become both more informed and engaged in enriching our neighborhood.