BHCA Zoning to Vote on Two Proposals

The Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) will vote on two properties and hear about a third at tomorrow’s Zoning and Licensing Committee Meeting, Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30PM at 74 Joy Street. The committee will see a revised dormer plan from 5 West Cedar Street, a proposal for an artisanal sandwich shop “Eva’s” at 120 Charles Street, and conclude with an informational discussion about “75 on Cambridge” a proposed restaurant by The Hampshire House Corporation at 290 Cambridge Street.

The dormer project at 5 West Cedar is returning with revised plans, after withdrawing their application during the May 1 Zoning and Licensing Committee meeting. The proposed revised scope of work is to add a shed dormer to the garden courtyard side of the existing gable roof and replace the existing asphalt roofing with slate. The Architect states that this revised dormer plan eliminates any increase in floor area, as defined by the zoning code. The dormer would be visible from both West Cedar and Chestnut Streets, therefore also requiring approval from the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission.

The second agenda item, a new sandwich shop “Eva’s” is looking to set-up where Cibeline use to be located at 120 Charles Street. The shop will serve artisanal sandwiches that incorporate not only organic and natural ingredients, but also locally sourced produce and breads baked in Boston.  The interior will include a small tabletop convection oven for cookies and baked goods as well as two under counter refrigerators, a small chest freezer, beverage cooler and meat slicer. There will not be a need for walk-in coolers/large refrigeration, overhead ventilation, mixers, stoves/large ovens and no need for additional power from the grid. The restaurant is seeking non-opposition for a CV license and 36 A restaurant/take-out use.

The Hampshire House Corporation is looking to lease the first floor restaurant space of 290 Cambridge Street, where Grampy’s Gulf Station was located across from Mass. General Hospital. The new restaurant will be called “75 on Cambridge.” Plans indicate this restaurant will follow a similar model to the group’s other restaurant on the Hill “75 on Chestnut.” The first floor space is 2,751 square feet and would house a restaurant and bar operation. The initial plans would provide for 78 seats in the dining room and 12 stools at the bar and 24 high tops in the bar area, for a total capacity of 114 seats.  The menu would be similar to “75 on Chestnut.”

The hours of operation would include opening for lunch during the week (Monday – Friday) and a breakfast/brunch/lunch on Saturday and Sunday, as well as being open in the evening seven nights. They would be looking for an all alcoholic liquor license, which would have to purchased and transferred to this location. This agenda item will be heard for informational/input reasons and will not be seeking a vote.

Anyone with questions and comments is encouraged to attend.  Those unable to attend, but who would like to express an opinion to the BHCA may call (617.227.1922) or send an email to the Executive Director MaryLee Halpin (marylee.halpin@bhcivic.org) prior to the meeting.  Additional information, plans, and a full agenda can be found on the BHCA website, www.bhcivic.org.

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