A North End resident who says her view would be blocked by a wall just a few feet from her windows today sued to block the construction of a five-story, 134-room hotel along Cross Street on the Greenway edge of the neighborhood.
Mary Beth Sweeney's suit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, asks a judge to "annul" the Zoning Board of Appeal's August 23 vote to approve 6M Development's proposal to replace some long vacant storefronts with a boutique hotel with no on-site parking.
Sweeney argues the board granted several variances needed for the project without substantiating the "hardships" required for allowing exceptions to the street's zoning. The complain also argues the board thwarted the public by refusing to let more than five residents make their case against the hotel. And, the complaint continues, while 6M tried to make it sound only she and other residents of her Stillman Street building were opposed, in fact, large numbers of North End residents opposed the project because of the traffic, congestion and other issues they say the building would cause.
Sweeney's suit names all the members of the zoning board at the time of the decision, including then Chairwoman Christine Araujo, even though Araujo cast the lone no vote.
Complete complaint (1.1M PDF).
Watch the zoning-board hearing: