Thursday, September 14, 2017

Meeting Reminder

Image: South Bay Coalition
The Planning Board meets today at 6:30 p.m. On the agenda are a public hearing on the plan to provide the required off-street parking at Galvan Armory, 51 North Fifth Street, to accommodate converting the basement of the building into office space and a day care center and the continuation of the public hearing on the dock alterations done by A. Colarusso & Sons.

THIS JUST IN: Tom DePietro, chair of the Planning Board, just informed Gossips that the first half hour or more of the meeting will be closed to the public. The board will be in consultation, and attorney-client privilege allows the meeting to take place without the public present.

Also on the agenda for review and discussion are Colarusso's proposal to move, widen, and pave the haul road through South Bay and a proposal by the new owners of 7 Fairview Avenue, the former American Legion Post, to convert the building for mixed use as office space, an art gallery, and occasion "reception type events." 

With a proposal for 7 Fairview Avenue before the Planning Board, Gossips takes the opportunity to remind readers of what the building looked like originally. The first picture below shows the building today; the second picture shows the building, in the background and from a different vantage point, around the end of the 19th century.



  1. Please let you readers know that the first half hour or so of the meeting is closed to the public. We are consulting our lawyer under lawyer-client privilege. No decisions will be made and the subject is the Colarusso application.

  2. Good of you to keep us informed, Mr. DePietro, thanks.

    FYI, last month the South Bay Coalition submitted a formal request that the City conduct a zoning determination in the South Bay.

    Zoning determinations are made by a municipality's Zoning Enforcement Officer, but because the City Charter doesn't mention a ZEO there was immediate disagreement about whose role it is to make a determination. The Coalition is still waiting for a response.

    The greater point here is that no City agency can conduct its work properly, or perhaps even legally, without knowing the location of the zoning boundaries.

    The preceding is wholly unrelated to the unfinished business of the State-required environmental review, which is now in the court system. If that's the appropriate subject of tonight's Executive Session, then perhaps the missing zoning determination can be a subject for the wider meeting.