1. SUBMIT OPPOSITION LETTERS TO THE CITY: 

The Zoning Board of Appeals will approve or reject this development on January 9th.  

 

STEP 1:  Click this link to email your opposition letter to key city officials. (Be sure to fill your home address into the email template)

If the above link does not work, use the below link and copy & paste one of the letter templates into the body of the email.

EMAIL City Officials

STEP 2: Send a hard copy via snail mail to this address (only received hard copies will count at the Zoning hearing. 

 Christine Araujo, Chairperson ZBA
C/O Matthew Fitzgerald
Zoning Board of Appeals

1010 Massachusetts Ave. 
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02118                                                                                                                         
 

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE THE BELOW TEMPLATE FOR YOUR LETTER:

BOSTON COMMUTERS USE THIS FORM:

BACK BAY RESIDENTS USE THIS FORM: 

SUBJECT: BOA733841 – Letter of Opposition to 29 Commonwealth Avenue, Ward -5

INSERT MY NAME:
INSERT MY ADDRESS:

Dear Chairperson Araujo and Members of the Board,

Writing as a resident of (insert my address), I wish to express my strong opposition to the referenced petition seeking to substitute a private club (including a 356 person capacity restaurant, guest rooms, fitness center, valet, and rooftop with amplified music) for the long existing professional offices at 29 Commonwealth Avenue. 

I believe that the use of 29 Commonwealth Avenue as a private for profit club is detrimental to the residential quality of life in the Back Bay and more detrimental than the current use. 

These more detrimental effects include:

1) Materially extended hours of operation (after 5pm and on weekends) and associated extended hours of noise and activity in a residential community

2) Negative impacts on the existing traffic constraints of the Berkeley Street artery and intersection

3) The multiple deliveries and trucks necessary to serve a large restaurant/bar and hotel

4) Limitations and abuses prevalent with valet parking, especially abusing alley 423 and creating further traffic with cars lined up to valet

5) Negative impact on community parking resources from increased guests, extended hours of operation, and valet use.

6) The impact on alley 423 with regard to valet use, deliveries blocking residents and noise of deliveries  

7) Introduction of food born trash in a residential neighborhood and the resulting rodents

8) The noise pollution from rooftop music (recorded) in a residential neighborhood

9) The noise pollution from groups of people eating and drinking on the rooftop in a residential community

10) The loss of housing opportunities from alternative evolution of the property to a conforming residential use.

Thank you in advance for not approving petitions such as this one that adversely impact the neighborhood.  I am a proud resident of the Back Bay and hope to enjoy this community for many years to follow. 

Thank you.
Re: BOA733841 – Letter of Opposition to 29 Commonwealth Avenue, Ward -5

INSERT MY NAME:
INSERT MY ADDRESS:

Dear Chairperson Araujo and Members of the Zoning Board,

I am writing in opposition to the proposal for 29 Commonwealth Avenue to be converted into a private social club.

I commute in and out of this area and use the major Berkeley Street to Storrow Drive artery on a daily basis. The proposed development not only impacts residents of the area, who are clearly in opposition, but also drastically impacts the greater Boston commuters like myself. Boston’s traffic costs me money and valuable time away from my family; we should work to fix this problem rather than exacerbate it with ill-conceived developments.

First, Haddon Hall’s large restaurant/bar/gym based business model is meant to attract after work clientele- at peak traffic hours. Second, the club’s proposed valet zone takes away an entire lane at Berkeley and Commonwealth. Decreasing the lanes and increasing flow of cars/ubers will create exponentially more traffic in this area. For these reasons alone, the Haddon Hall club should not be approved.

Thank you in advance for denying this petition and putting the citizens of greater Boston first.





2. SPREAD THE WORD

-Tell your neighbors and get them to submit opposition letters.  Follow and repost content from our Facebook and Twitter pages- politicians pay attention to these!

-Submit op-ed pieces about your opposition to local newspapers and us.  We will post this content on our various platforms!  


3. ATTEND THE BOARD OF APPEALS HEARING:

We need to show strength in numbers and express our opposition in person.  This is the final opportunity to show our community opposition.


4. DONATE:  

Help us raise funds for key measures like an independent up-to-date traffic study and an accurate sound study.  It takes a village to protect the village!  Every dollar helps.  Thank you!

 

 

ASK THESE POLITICIANS IF YOUR VOICE AND YOUR VOTE MATTER?  Will they do what is best for our neighborhood?