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City's Zoning Board rejects proposed Old Colony Avenue billboard

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 26, 2013 06:00 PM

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A plan to construct a 60-foot, double-faced billboard on Old Colony Avenue was rejected by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

At a hearing before the board Tuesday, Don Weist, an attorney representing Van Wagner Boston, a national communications company, sought approval to construct the billboard at 39 Old Colony Ave.

Weist said the location was picked because his client was looking for “targeted high-value locations” to place signs.

Currently the placement of a billboard in that area is considered a conditional use, which means a community process must be conducted.

No community meetings were held.

At Tuesday’s hearing. there was no support voiced for the project. The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the office of South Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan opposed the plan.

45 A St.

Developers of a proposed eight-unit condominium building at 45 A St. will head back to the drawing board after their plans were put on hold by the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

George Morancy, an attorney representing the developer, was seeking zoning relief for a number of variances.

Plans call for the demolition of the current structure on the property and the construction of a five-story, eight-unit elevator building on A Street with five parking spaces.

The project was presented to the neighborhood in March of 2012, with many voicing support.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services and the Electricians Union Local 103 voiced support for the project. Morancy also said the West Broadway Neighborhood Association was in support.

But Howard Speicher, an attorney for Akmal and Ayuman Moawed, owners of the Gulf gas station on West Broadway, said his clients, who are not residents of South Boston, are outright opposed to the project.

“The proposal is a good example of people trying to overcrowd their site,” Speicher told the board. “It’s just not appropriate.”

David Burns, who owns an abutting property on A Street, also said he is opposed to the project.

“I feel like David versus Goliath here,” Burns told the board.

One member on the board appeared sympathetic to the opposition.

“The issue I have is it’s too much,” said member Anthony Pisani. "Something should be done there, but this isn’t it.”

The office of South Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan also voiced opposition to the project.

The board voted to defer a decision on the project till May 7.

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