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Deck remains stacked against decks in South Boston

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a request by the owner of a third-floor condo at 8 Peters St. in South Boston to expand the size of the deck atop his triple decker from 85 to roughly 150 square feet after the two city councilors who live in South Boston said they are unalterably opposed to new or expanded roof decks as menaces to the neighborhood.

Aides to both City Councilors Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty said roof decks have proven to be unacceptably noisy additions of frequent rowdy parties in a neighborhood that values what quiet it can get.

Robert Quitadamo said his proposed deck - 230 feet in total, with 150 feet of usable deck space - would not be visible from the street and would be similar to existing decks at several other triple deckers on the street.

The board actually voted 4-3 in favor of the proposal, which meant it failed because state law requires at least five positive votes.

The ruling is the latest in a series of ZBA decisions to reject new or expanded decks.



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