Business/Labor/ Economic Development

Building Boom Sparks Ideas For More Public Input

by Thomas Breen | Jan 16, 2019 4:21 pm | Comments (1)

Thomas Breen photoPublish a single list of development projects that are open to public comment. Use online maps to explain a project’s history and timeline. And clarify land use-related meeting agendas, so that the public can easily understand what a developer is asking of the city.

City officials heard those and another good-governance recommendations from Downtown and Wooster Square neighbors about how best to keep the public informed and engaged during the city’s current deluge of development and construction.

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Wooster Square Coffee Shop Urged To Tilt

by Allan Appel | Jan 16, 2019 7:40 am | Comments (9)

Lucy Gellman Arts Paper PhotoJimmy and Sara Wang have been operating the Wooster Square Coffee Shop ever since they took over the Chapel and Chestnut corner caffeinating institution in 2017 from the former popular Fuel Coffee Shop.

Business is good, Zhiming “Jimmy” Wang said,  but to make it better the couple came before the Historic District Commission to seek approval for larger. more welcoming windows, removal of the canvas canopy, installing new lights, and other modest aesthetic improvements.

The commissioners listened, and asked politely if they would also consider tilting back the entire upper facade of their building to recreate the “beautiful ensemble” of three structures that was there before.

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