With the combined opposition of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the South Boston community and its elected officials, as well as the mayor’s office, Boston Herald blogger, Thomas Grillo, believed that The Zoning Board of Appeals would reject Jane Fulton’s proposal for an upscale overnight kennel to be erected in South Boston. However, in yesterday’s hearing the Appeals Board defended their controversial decision to approve Fenway Bark, the luxury hotel for dogs, at 553 East First St.
Fulton describes the kennel as an “upscale boarding for the discriminating dog,”and defends her claim that “it’s a very good business for South Boston,” adding, “We have lots of supporters.” Well, after trying to gain approval for over a year, two public meetings were held in which residents and the opposition packed the town hall, objecting to her proposed outdoor dog park and lack of parking. Yet even after revising her plan to remove the park and add parking, a plan she’s sunken $80,000 into, the community still didn’t approve.
Grillo reports, “the city’s first overnight pet hotel would feature ‘Little League’ condominiums for smaller dogs, roomy private quarters with glass doors, luxury boxes overlooking the pool and play yard with TVs, webcams, choice of bedding, massage therapy and holistic foods.” Excessive? Not according to the Zoning Board of Appeals, who even despite testimony from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, unanimously voted to defended their original decision to grant Fenway Bark approval.
The ZBA’s chairmain Robert Shortsleeve had this to say, “The applicant addressed concerns about noise, waste, traffic, pick-up and drop-off. And it sounds like there’s a public need for the service with 1,100 dog owners in South Boston and only 20 spaces to kennel them. We have granted three or four similar uses with similar objections in the North End, West Roxbury and the South End,” he added. Fulton was delighted with the decision, exclaiming, “It restores my faith in the system.”
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