Council Approves Special Permit for Beach Development

Monday night the City Council approved a special permit for a non-conforming use to build a 145-unit apartment development at 320-327 Revere Beach Blvd. on the site of the current Bianchi’s and next to the St. George.

Plans call to raze three buildings on the property and then construct a six-story, 145-unit, mixed-use structure. There will be a new restaurant on a café/retail space. There will be 79 studio/one-bedroom units, 66 two-bedroom units and no three-bedroom units. Five stories will be built above podium parking.

There will also be parking for 188 cars. There will be a seven-foot buffer zone from the building to the boulevard. There will also be a shuttle bus service and access to zip cars.

Attorney Lawrence Simione and the developers have met a few times with the residents of the St. George where much opposition to the project came from citing traffic and parking issues, and the developers appeared in front of the City Zoning Board of Appeals last week seeking variances. The request was tabled until next month’s meeting, but the special permit from the council that was issued on Monday night takes precedent.

Simione said parking will be charged within the lease. The developer is financing a traffic study of Revere Beach Boulevard, Northshore Road and other waterfront areas.

He also noted that the current property garners about $40,000 for the city in tax revenue. With the new construction, the city can expect $428,000.

“This is the first project to try and step up and address traffic,” said Rick Salvo, of Engineering Alliance.

“I understand the cry out about too many apartments, I voted against the Shaw’s site, but they can go up 12 stories by right but they’re not,” said Ward 6 Councillor Charles Patch.

The developer Matt Philbin is partnering with NRP, a company ranked seventh in the United States in rentals.

“The bottom line is whatever touches is first class,” said Councillor Anthony Zambuto. “A world class developer with support from NRP.

Ward 5 Councillor John Powers said traffic is a problem, an issue that he and councillors Joanne McKenna and Arthur Guinasso discussed when they met with Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo last week. The topic was traffic, regional traffic and the impact on Revere. Much of the regional traffic uses North Shore Road and Revere Beach Boulevard.

Council President Jessica Giannino said she’s looking 10 years ahead how the boulevard will look. “They can go up 12 stories by right. We built a residential beach and there are some ugly buildings there,” she said.

Ward 4 Councillor Patrick Keefe asked if there was a lease or a guarantee on having Bianchi’s as the restaurant. “It would just be nice if there were a guarantee,” he said.

“We need new growth,” said Ward 3 Councillor Arthur Guinasso.

A few residents from the St. George and the Point of Pines Neighborhood also spoke against the development and its impact.

9 comments for “Council Approves Special Permit for Beach Development

  1. Paul Sullivan
    April 12, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    145 apartments and only parking for 188 cars ??
    Doesn’t sound like enough to me.

  2. KWS
    April 12, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    More places for flooding.

  3. George J Rotondo Jr.
    April 12, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    This is just another poorly written story leaving out major components of the debate and outcome regarding a project in Revere.
    I am unsure if Sue Woodcock purposely left out important parts of a story on purpose or not!

    I do know she was there and as the Chairman of zoning an entire hour of testimony and approval are left out of this article.
    Moreover, As many people are confused about Bianchi’s , I can unequivocally State Bianchi’s is staying. Below is the link to the meeting. When are people gonna get it right!

  4. Adam Krull
    April 12, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    All they had do to is put in parking meters not those big ass sidewalks, between the pay to park and tickets because some forgot to put more in the meter they would make some money. Wait my bad let’s build more condo’s no one can pay for

  5. PatiolaBoston
    April 13, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Someone, someday will take the unpopular but necessary and logical elementary stand and admit that this continued building is madness and must STOP, UNTIL Revere FIRST undertakes the seriousness and necessity of new roads or old road modifications to handle this explosive never ending greedy building of apartments and condos in an area already seriously impacted and unable to get to and fro this crowded area in a acceptable, reasonable commuting experience.

  6. panda781
    April 13, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Absolutely disgraceful. This is not appropriate for that parcel of land at an already congested intersection. Not to mention the inevitable flooding in years to come. Displacing a landmark establishment that draws people to the beach. Luckily I won’t be living on the Blvd anymore once this apartment bubble bursts.

  7. Michele
    April 14, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Leave our PUBLUC beach alone. Between traffic, parking and the fact that this city and the surrounding cities are already over populated, we don’t need it or want it. Put a park in or something. Enough with the condos already. Stop tearing down landmarks and place people enjoy going. You’re ruining it for everyone.

  8. Lisa Hedrington
    April 15, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Well said, George! Sue Ellen Woodcock is a terrible reporter and for the life of me have no idea why she is still on staff at the RJ. She interviewed myself, and a small group in 9/2016 for an article about the Revere Beach Memorial..when it was printed it was completely wrong…quotes attributed to the wrong people, facts changed and the story jumbled! I contacted the editor and Seth Daniels regarding the article to no avail. I have no idea how she still holds the title of journalist? ?

  9. Debra Anemoduris
    May 4, 2018 at 11:31 am

    This is absolutely ludicrous. Traffic is already horrific. And did anyone mention REVERE Street? There is literally no way to get in and out of the city already.
    It goes beyond comprehension how this can happen! TOO MUCH BUILDING IN THIS AREA! Politicians need a reality check in this city!

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