Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Notice of Public Hearing

I got a letter from the Zoning Board of Appeals. My hearing is scheduled for just over TWO WEEKS FROM NOW! I had no idea it would be so fast. Does anyone have an Ativan?
I had to run over to the zoning board to pick up this sign this morning (late for work) and it needs to be posted on the front of my house for two weeks before the hearing and until I get a written decision from the board.

I have an appointment with the Historical Commission tomorrow (leaving early from work) to show them my plans. I'm hoping they like them and will write a letter of recommendation to the board. I've been taking a bunch of photos of other houses on the street that have a close setback to show that such a violation can still look nice. Actually I think the closeness adds to the historical character, don't you think?
Close and beautiful.
Closer and beautiful. (I think mine will be pretty close to this.)
You can't get much closer than this one.
This is one of my favorite houses.
Pretty darn close. I love that they painted their entire entryway black. I think it's really handsome.
Now this is just ridiculous. This makes me want to get on the board so I can I reject it. The paint doesn't even match. That should be some kind of violation right there.
Close and perfectly lovely.

Close and pink. Very pink. I probably wouldn't pick the paint but it does look pretty for the one week the tree is in bloom.And while I was taking pictures, I thought I snap a few quick ones of the garden so you can see how it's shaping up. On the back (chain link) fence of my neighbor's, they have an autumn clematis. I asked them if I could trim it. By the time I was done, there was almost nothing left. Oops.
And now it's all cut back, I kind of like seeing through it a little bit. Wouldn't something like an espaliered apple be cool?


  1. Great news. Good luck! Oh, and it looks like you live on a lovely street.

  2. Mass Ave...as in the one that runs through Arlington and right by BU? How long is that street anyway. I guess it's a good sign they're moving so quickly on this. Maybe you should invite all the neighbors for an afternoon tea to really make sure they're all on board. I can't imagine them not giving you the go ahead after seeing the other homes. And really, what possesses some people when they start choosing paint colors!! (only kidding, kind of) Is there a time limit to get the work done once the variance is approved?

  3. How exciting! That was quick - from the looks of the other homes, I don't think you'll have a problem at all. I thought small setbacks were historical - I love when the homes creep right up onto the sidewalks, especially if they are brick. It looks like you live in an amazing area, I would be a home stalker for sure if I lived in such an historical city! I LOVE the yellow (imagine that) with the black door. I have black shutters so it got me thinking...maybe I should do a black door?
    Maybe a letter of recommendation from your blog friends will help? :)
    The Urban Cottage and its gardens are really looking wonderful ~

  4. Good luck! I think all of your examples of other historic homes in your area will serve your case well! Trina

  5. hi steve,

    loving that black entrance!

    good luck but i don't think you'll need it with all the evidence you are going to submit, how could they turn you down?

    your garden is looking wonderful.

    i have valium!