From Paul McGeary:
There will be two important meetings in Ward 1 this week.
The first will present plans to renovate the Eastern Point Retreat House.
The second will showcase plans to redevelop the former Olivia’s restaurant site.
Details are below.
Former Site of Amelia’s/Olivia’s Restaurant at Good Harbor Beach
The meeting on redevelopment of the former Olivia’s Restaurant will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. at the Olivia’s site at 78 Thatcher Road.
The proposal for a six-unit condominium development by 78 Thatcher Road LLC would require a special City Council permit under the zoning ordinance.
Developer John Flaherty has already received necessary variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals from the city’s height and side lot requirements. This is a chance to get a look at the project as it will go before the Council and to delve into details.
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Eastern Point Retreat House
I have received the following communication from Father Dennis Yesalonia, associate vice-president of the New England Province of the Jesuit Order, which owns the Eastern Point Retreat House:
Dear Eastern Point Neighbor:
On Aug. 15, 2013, the Gonzaga Eastern Point Retreat House hosted a meeting to introduce our neighbors to the proposed capital improvements to the Retreat House. At that time, our proposal consistal of:
- The demolition and reconstruction of the retreatants wing; and
- The reconstruction of a portion of the mansion.
Following that meeting, our development team continued its review of the proposed capital project end came to the conclusion that it could be scaled back significantly, while still accomplishing the desired goal of an enhanced living environment for retreatants.
By this letter, I would like to invite you to joke us at 37 Niles Pond Road at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, for a presentation of our revised, scaled-back project. The principal changes to the Retreat House will be:
- Demolishing the existing retreatants wing and replacing it with a three-story updated and code-compliant wing, which will be reconstructed on the footprint of the existing retreatants wing. It will also be connected to the mansion at the ground and second floor levels to provide handicap access. The new retreatants wing will accommodate 38 retreatants, down from 40 in the existing retreatants wing. In addition, two suites, which had accommodated Jesuit priests in the existing retreatants wing, will not be included in the reconstructed retreatants wing; and
- Interior improvements and minor renovations to the mansion.
I look forward to welcoming you on the 20th.
Dennis Yesalonia S.J.
Associate Vice President