The deck was stacked against this one

One Southie resident with hopes of building a 1200 square-foot single family on a 715 square-foot lot on E Street was left dejected at the end of his hearing.

According to Universal Hub, the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeal rejected the proposal stating it was too large for the little lot located at 181 E Street. The ZBA and the BTD (Boston Transportation Department) weren’t crazy about the idea of a curb cut that was included as part of the proposal state it could eliminate one or two on-street parking spots.

William Davis, who owns and lives at 177 E Street, was hoping to be granted several variances for his proposed three-story single family including a one-car garage on the first floor. The BPDA (Boston Planning and Development Agency) also didn’t like this proposal due to the fact they’d have to move a utility pole to make room for the curb cut.

You can read the full details here. 



  1. Joe Cook March 10, 2022 at 9:42 am - Reply

    🙄 are we going backwards ! There are so many developments that have been approved ignoring the neighbors concerns . I don’t know Davis but if he is not a developer then maybe he should get a lawyer that’s what they do !

  2. Linda Lynch March 10, 2022 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Too bad, the little man gets nothing any longer in South Boston. It HAS to be BIG development. Such a shame.

    • Valbona Mucelli March 12, 2022 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Exaclly ….it’s like they want us out of Southie

  3. NIMBY McGee March 10, 2022 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    And if this guy goes back and asks: “Okay, what if I eliminate the garage?”… you just KNOW what comes next: “Well, wherever are the new occupants going to park then?”

    Sorry, buddy…you’re in the wrong neighborhood and (I dare assume) of the wrong…ahem…”demographics“…to be asking ANYBODY for ANYTHING in that building right now.

  4. Maureen March 10, 2022 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Agreed, the ZBA has no problem with over development with the huge number of units, Washington village, for example with not enough parking for the number of units but they are worried about a curb cut?

  5. david cicchetto March 10, 2022 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I live in South Boston and I love my third floor apartment

  6. Dave shea March 10, 2022 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    maybe if he contributed to WUs campaign he would have had better luck

  7. Valbona Mucelli March 11, 2022 at 9:59 am - Reply

    He should hide that pole when he send paper to get approve like developed of 799 East third did …!!!!!

  8. Valbona Mucelli March 11, 2022 at 10:11 am - Reply

    They approve his cut curb next to the utility pole waiting for April to doit ..even mark of his new curbs he’s employee design where to put those on ground ..I thought it’s part of public works but no one came to check and seeit …you got to learn from them haw to get approve from single family to do 4 townhome with garage and do up and dawn more one check set back for them one listen to neighbors concern anymore

  9. Holly March 11, 2022 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Got to line the pockets of the ones in the know. Unfortunate but it’s the truth..

  10. William Davis March 13, 2022 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all of your support. I have owned this property for 40 years I was try to build a affordable house for my daughter. For the record I had neighbor support 15 letters , the light pole is on the lot line My abutting neighbor was the only person that opposed my building her house is vacant and currently marketed to developers only .

  11. Susan March 14, 2022 at 7:50 am - Reply

    It’s all in who you know! Obvious he doesn’t know any Politicians, to grease those pockets. I mean come on it’s a curb cut and a pole remove. Really that difficult?

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