Panel approves ‘gateway’ houses
Scaled-down designs for homes on North Ocean Boulevard finally please board, neighbors.
Owners of two properties at the socalled “gateway to the North End” finally got what they had been seeking for months amid boiling controversy. Both won town approval last week to build houses facing the sea on side-by-side lots in the 900 block of North Ocean Boulevard.
But the Architectural Commission’s approval came only after repeated admonitions from board members and neighbors to scale down their proposed designs.
Wednesday’s meeting, in fact, was remarkably low-key, considering the heated exchanges between architects, attorneys and neighbors that had marked prior reviews of the house designs. Instead, both property owners arrived at Town Hall with the endorsement of the majority of the neighbors who had previously objected to the projects as being inappropriate and too large for what they dubbed the North End’s gateway.