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New owner of North End parcel along Greenway promises 'transformational' change

The Boston Business Journal reports comments by the new New York owner of low-rise buildings along Cross Street next to the Greenway. He said he would talk to the North End community before announcing anything specific.

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Hope not! Maria's has the best Italian macaroons in the North End.

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When Maria's lease is up (whenever that may be) i can guarantee you this company will be looking to maximize rent. If Maria's can't pay, a Bertuccis, a Panera or McDonalds will.

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If it's a low rise building, it will mean that it will remain a low rise building, because it's grandfathered in, unless the owners make a proposal to build higher from City of Boston, in order to do that, they would need permission from constituents. A higher building will cast a shadow over that area and parts of the Greenway !!!

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North End is zoned 55 feet, so anything up to that doesn't need neighborhood approval (although it's generally a good idea to meet the neighborhood groups unless you're interested in stirring up the usual gang of NIMBYS).

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Maria's is one block away so I doubt this development will have any impact there.

However with J Pace closing, something is most likely planned for that block too. All those single story buildings along cross streets will be gone. They are simply worth too much money to not utilize the air space above. I would imagine zoning will allow at least a 5 story building on those lots.

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My recollection is that there was an old (2-story?) building next to this group of stores that has already been knocked down (quite recently). Something looked different last time I passed by....

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They bought the building that houses a Citizens Bank, nail salon, juicery, and Bread and Butter.

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I would like to see an Italian specialty food shop on the ground floor once the development at this parcel is completed, Where are Italians going to shop, especially during the Christmas season, (Christmas eve)pull your car up, double park, walk in pace, grab your panetone, olive oil, bread, tomato sauce , pasta, moderate prices , very convenient could'nt be beat ! Other grocery Italian food shops in the North End are expensive.

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Who in God's name would go to any of those places if they're in the North End?

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according to the BBJ article and the addresses, its the block between Hanover and Salem, not west of Salem (where Martignetti's used to be). I would expect ground floor retail will be a part of the project.

Pace is gone next to Marias so its only a matter of time for that block too.

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Wrong building. This is the one a block towards Hanover with Bread and Butter, Citizen's Bank, etc.

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Pace's on Cross Street is already gone. I fear Maria''s will not be far behind. It's a shame that unique places that give the city character are being obliterated for luxury condos and the like.

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I promise my wife the same thing all the time. For like 20 yrs.

http://cappyinboston.blogspot.com/

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based on the outlined buildings, it doesn't even include the maria's building. the current tenants are bread & butter, a juice bar, a nail salon, and a citizens bank. nick varano's famous deli was in the buidling, but it wasn't famous enough to stay in business.

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Well, good. Because if they took away Maria's cannoli, there'd have to be some killin's.

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... that this block of buildings will be razed as soon as the owner can manage to get this approved.

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...but the 4 story apt on Salem St that's part of the deal? I think there'd be some pushback on that.

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They can start by removing all the strung out junkies stumbling and littering and loitering every block of Greenway/Haymarket/North Station area!!!!!

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"They can start by removing all the strung out junkies stumbling and littering and loitering every block of Greenway/Haymarket/North Station area!!!!!"

This is the unfortunate consequence of urban parks and "greenways", something that the "green space at all costs" crowd doesn't get.

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Ah, yes, I had forgotten the age-old adage: if you put green space in urban settings, heroin abusers grow in the grass. Probably best to just pave over the whole Greenway; that will get rid of our drug addicts, and is way cheaper than clinics or mental health treatments.

(Seriously, people: where do you think these folks go when there are no parks?)

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It probably has a lot more to do with the substance abuse clinic on Canal street instead of the open green places.

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