Tao Woolfe’s coverage of the Blue Moon Fish Grille proposed by Bogosian Development, LLC for the property that runs adjacent to the western side of Town Hall Square covered many of our concerns as resident neighbors. I would like to emphasize that the Longfellow/Bogosian development and tenant Blue Moon proposal for a very large bar and restaurant relies on taking away a historic, 100-year-old way for commercial use. The proposed outdoor deck shown in the rendering (and reprinted in the Enterprise) completely covers and blocks access to the rear of the building. How can one business expand its footprint to cover entirely an established 100-year-old way?
This historic U-shaped “way” extends behind Main Street from one end of the block to the other, allowing regular access in and out of Main Street and for sanitation and fire and safety purposes. A “way” has legal meaning. This way also has a historic legacy, and it is for the benefit and safety of all. The proposed deck entirely blocks the way, with the sole aim of increasing its footprint and maximizing its seating for the sole financial benefit of the owners. Is this what we want on Main Street? It would set a dangerous precedent.