Developer Charter Realty & Development’s plans to open a Starbucks as part of a major retail development at the gateway to the North End, right across from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, has engendered a growing amount of controversy.
Recall that the project plans stretch back to 2016, and were controversial enough for some given the modern look that Charter was apparently going for in a neighborhood mostly known architecture-wise for re-purposed buildings with bones centuries old.
Now toss plans for a Starbucks at 198 Hanover Street into the mix, and things are really starting to boil over. Opponents say such a presence at such a prominent spot would spoil the feel of the North End. It would also encroach, they say, on the caffeinated turf of existing North End coffee shops.
But the Starbucks would join a national coffee chain that’s already on the block: Peet’s at 50 Salem Street. And the Starbucks would take the place of a Citizens Bank branch, not exactly a neighborhood original.
There are three community feedback sessions coming up this summer, starting with one on June 28. Stay tuned.
- ‘The Last Little Italy’ fights proposed Starbucks in the North End [NorthEndWaterfront]
- Baristas at the gate! Starbucks proposed at 198 Hanover Street [NorthEndWaterfront]
- North End retail development’s design rankles the neighbors [Curbed Boston]