A Zoning Board of Appeal hearing scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on a proposal to add a five-story addition to a real-estate office on Salem Street wasn't called until 1 p.m. And then the building owner's attorney asked for a deferral because there were only six board members left by that time - and projects need at least five votes to go ahead.
97 Salem St. Realty Trust wants to use the new floors at its current one-story building next to Antico Forno for nine residential units.
As acting board Chairman Mark Erlich asked for a vote on attorney Jeff Drago's deferral request, one resident rose and asked if he could say something about the deferral. Erlich said no and several residents erupted in anger and began to denounce the delay. "The mayor wants the money!" one resident yelled repeatedly.
Erlich said deferral requests take precedence and that residents could have their say on Feb. 25, the date set for the next hearing.