Fall Meeting Updates

by Brian McNamee


Re-election Fund Raiser Oct 1

You are cordially invited to attend a Re-election reception at the Adams Inn 6 to 8:00 pm Thursday, October 1st sponsored by the Committee to Elect Brian McNamee.  Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.  Suggested contribution is $20.00.  Regardless of contribution all are invited to attend.

You can also contribute to my re-election efforts by credit card by visiting:

https://brianmcnamee.s3.amazonaws.com/index.htm

A special note: Many subscribers to this email newsletter tell me how much they enjoy receiving it.  Some subscribers are not aware that the newsletter and my website www.brianmcnamee.com require third-party technical support.  For development and maintenance of the newsletter and website my Committee to Elect has paid thousands of dollars.  To help me not only with my re-election efforts, but to support the continued use of this newsletter I need your financial assistance.

What to do if you want to help with my re-election?

Every candidate for re-election needs help.  If you want to help in one of the following categories please email me at wardsix6@gmail.com and tell me what you would like to do.  Let me thank you in advance for your support and considering helping in my re-election.

  1. Volunteer to hold signs - "Stand Outs".
  2. Volunteer to hold signs on Election Day - sign holding at election locations.
  3. Volunteer to build lawn signs (wooden framed signs).
  4. Volunteer to do a flyer drop.
  5. Volunteer to put up a lawn sign.
  6. Volunteer to put a bumper sticker on your car.

Squantum's Mary Star of the Sea Development

On September 15th a meeting was held in the Squantum Elementary School to hear for the first time the new owner's development proposal for the Star of the Sea site.  Approximately, 200 residents were in attendance.  At this meeting neighbors met with strong opposition a proposal to build 14 condominiums (9 units in the former church structure and 5 units in the former rectory).  

Jay Duca, the Director of Inspectional Services, was present at the meeting representing the Mayor's Office.  When questioned about the proposal Mr. Duca reported that the Mayor was only for construction that was permitted by zoning.  In the case of the site in question zoning would allow "by-right" 4 single family homes.  In the instance where someone is developing a site "by-right" no Zoning Board of Appeals hearing would be necessary.  The developer in only required to file a permit application to build the houses.

A vast majority of the residents present were in support of the former Church property being developed as single family homes.

The developer, Mr. Victor Sheen, responded to the comments of residents by acknowledging the current plan did not work and that he would come back with another plan.  What that plan might be is not known, but a Community meeting will be held when I learn there is a new proposal.

Please note, this newsletter is not the only notification vehicle I use.  There is a calendar on my website and I will use my council mailing budget to reach the neighborhood effected since not everyone subscribes to this email newsletter.

81 Seat Restaurant Proposed for 67 Billings Rd

On September 10th a meeting was held at the North Quincy High School Auditorium regarding a proposal to open at the site of the former Fashion Quality Cleaners a 81 Seat Hot Pot Restaurant with Karaoke bar (requiring a full liquor license).

Approximately 100 residents were in attendance.  Most of the attendees expressed concerns over traffic and the attendant public safety impacts.  The preeminent concern of businesses in Downs and area residents was the already limited parking spaces.  With only 60 parking places in the Vane Street parking lot the proposed new restaurant was viewed as being too intensive a use of the former Dry Cleaners where business was conducted on a drop-in/out basis.

Based on emails, letters, and testimony taken the night of the meeting this proposal is heading for the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to obtain a finding under the "change of use" ordinance (Title 17).  Such a finding will not allow the operation of a Restaurant and bar if the new proposed use is more detrimental (based on the views of those effected) than the prior use.

An application has yet to be filed with the ZBA.

Please note, this newsletter is not the only notification vehicle I use.  There is a calendar on my website and I will use my council mailing budget to reach the neighborhood effected since not everyone subscribes to this email newsletter.

143-147 Newbury Ave Condominium Proposal

September 3rd a meeting was held in the North Quincy Neighborhood Center to learn of an 18 unit 4 Story Condominium to be constructed on Newbury Avenue.

An earlier meeting held in the winter only attracted a handful of residents at the North Quincy High School Cafeteria.  In response to neighborhood residents' concerns that attendance was low due to the notice of the meeting having been mailed in the English language I promised a second meeting with a multi-language mailer.  This was the second meeting.

A handful of emails have been received in opposition.  Resident's appearing at the meetings were generally not strongly opposed or in favor.

The Planning Board is still in the process of Site Plan Review.  The applicant did appear before the Zoning Board and the matter was rescheduled for October pending the Zoning Board's research related to a two-tier parking system to be installed on the first floor of the structure. This system is a mechanical device that allows you to park one car on top of another car (true stacked parking).  If you have any concerns regarding this development please feel to send your thoughts along to:  wardsix6@gmail.com

Please note, this newsletter is not the only notification vehicle I use.  There is a calendar on my website and I will use my council mailing budget to reach the neighborhood effected since not everyone subscribes to this email newsletter.