Some city councilors do not like decks – in particular – the two city councilors from Southie – Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty.

According to Universal Hub, on Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Appeal rejected a plan by the owner of a third-floor condo at 8 Peters St. to expand the size of his roof deck from 85 to roughly 150 square feet.

Citing loud parties, aides to both Flynn and Flaherty spoke out against the expanded roof decks.

The ZBA voted 4-3 in favor of the proposal, but it failed because state law requires at least five positive votes. Oh well.

This is not the first roof deck proposal rejected in the neighborhood. There was this one on Seventh Street. This one on L and another one on Dorchester St., to name a few.


  1. Joe cook November 17, 2022 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I’ve always opposed roof decks they are a nuisance to the neighbors and invade on privacy! About time our councilors put their feet down to stop this out of control insane behavior!! You want to keep your voting area then fight for what the people want and take back our neighborhood. Thank you

  2. Koz November 18, 2022 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Well I guess I’m not inviting Joe to my next roof top deck party. Honestly most roof decks go unused 95% of the time. Landlords have to begin writing in “ no party” clauses into leases and enforce them. It’s the fall, new resident blowout parties that lead to neighborhood disasters. Such parties are usually followed by white claw and coors light can rain storms.

    It’s not the deck, it’s the unchecked imbeciles on the deck.

  3. John Bristol November 19, 2022 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I disagree. Small decks should be permitted. It allows for some incredible views, Buyers buy condos with roof rights and how many neighbors does it affect. It’s been allowed in the past for over 30 plus years. I know there have been complaints about excessive noise , but that is a call to the police for the complaint, but to disallow roof decks seems excessive and taking away owners rights to build a deck.
    John B

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