Developer pulls plans to open Starbucks in the North End

BOSTON (AP) — A developer in Massachusetts has pulled plans to open a Starbucks in a historic neighborhood.

The Boston Herald reports the Seattle-based company will not be opening a shop in Boston’s North End neighborhood after all.

Residents had opposed plans by Starbucks and building owner Charter Realty to open a glass coffee shop at the gateway to the “Little Italy” of the city. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh asked developers to pull their proposal Friday, citing the “historic nature” of the area. The announcement was made later on Friday to end the plans.

Starbucks and Charter Realty did not return requests for comment. The coffeehouse chain has faced opposition in the past in the South Boston neighborhood, but the city’s licensing board eventually approved that project in 2016.