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Council Officially Opposes Domino's Plan

The council will send a letter to relevant city boards.

The Charlestown Neighborhood Council has officially declared that it will not support Rob Rivard’s .

The council voted 9-4 against supporting the proposal at Tuesday’s meeting—the last meeting of the full body until September—and then voted unanimously to communicate that vote to any city boards that Rivard or his company may appear before in the near future.

Tom Cunha, the council’s chairman who also ran on the matter, echoed residents’ concerns when he said that he thought Rivard and his team could have tried to find an address outside of the town’s main business district.

“Main Street is a thickly settled area with cars parked on both sides of the street,” Cunha said.

That stance worried committee member Paul Clausen, who said he had “a problem with the neighborhood council telling somebody what their business model should be,” but his dissent was overwhelmed.

The vote filled a void left by Thursday’s hearing. Normally, neighborhood council subcommittees make a recommendation and the council votes to uphold or reject it, but Cunha said he felt uncomfortable holding a vote at the hearing. Despite strong public participation, Cunha was joined by only one other voting councilor at the hearing. Two others were present, but had recused themselves due to their personal involvement in the issue.

Cunha told the council that he wanted the group to vote on the matter because the residents who spoke out deserved to have their voices carried to the city.

Alphanaut June 06, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Good job killing another business wanting to move to Ctown. Perhaps they should vote to shut down Speedy Chen's, that place does delivery and they double park, the nerve! Plus they make food that could compete with local pizza places, something which clearly cannot be tolerated. Perhaps a bookstore (duh?) or butcher shop (double duh?), something that will clearly stand the test of time, as long as it's not more than a few years.
Joseph June 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Will someone please explain to me, and I'm sure others, how the CNC has the power to tell government officials not to approve licenses, building permits, etc based on their vote? This seems to me like some serious strong arming, backroom politics, does it not? While I didn't want to see a Domino's storefront on Main Street, I am highly opposed that the CNC has this political influence, even though they claim they have no power. Paul Clausen has valid concerns.
Jay K. June 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I don't think they have any power other than the soft power of popular opinion. They are simply going "to communicate that vote to any city boards that Rivard or his company may appear before in the near future." That's not backroom politics. It was right out in the open with a public vote. I guess you can call it strong-arming, but it seems a bit hyperbolic since people got together and most said they didn't want Domino's on Main.
TheMaskedTruthsayer June 06, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Can we please get a vote on my proposed Massage Parlor, I mean, c'mon, it would definitely meet the aesthetic of that end of main street as a whole and would serve a vital need within the area.
02129resident June 06, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Actually, it's the opposity of backroom politics. The CNC held a public meeting to which anyone was invited. They have made their decision public, and will communicate their recomendation, in writing, to the relevant authorities. Jay is right - the CNC is not the final decision maker, only a group that represents the popular opinion of the neighborhood. And while some might be in disagreement, I think it's pretty clear that most people don't want Dominos on Main Street.
Lisa Schievink June 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Alphanaut, this issue is not about competition. The reason although not the only is that Charlestown does not need another pizza place. We have Toni Ann's, Papa Gino's, Paolos, Figs, and Jenny's (if I forgot anyone I apologize). Don' really see the need for another.
Joseph June 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I understand your points. I am happy that Domino's won't have a storefront. I still find it odd that out of 50 people opposed to this, including myself, there are how many thousands of residents living in Charlestown? Those opposed account for what percentage? How popular is that? I must disagree with Jay's point about the CNC not having the final say, and that is a problem for me. You get people who have connections within local/city government, they have a lot of power. Whether you choose to believe that or not, or choose to look past that, that's another discussion for another time. Seems like a lot of power for a group that claims not to have any power.
suzanneJ June 06, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I love Charlestown and want us to have a vibrant downtown with lots of options that is a reflection of the community. I agree we probably don't need another pizza place, but did we need another nail salon either? Where was the public vote on that? The remedy to control double parking is not stopping the entrance of businesses to the neighborhood - it's giving parking tickets. I just wonder what is really going on with our downtown. We have a great community and a big addressable market ready to buy whatever it is - what is behind the lack of demand for new businesses entering the neighborhood? Is it the economy - or something else? We should be focused on attracting the right new businesses not coming up with a dozen reasons why they should be stopped. More transparency, or education if that's the case, on the real issues and challenges would be helpful as I am left wondering.
Kim June 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Well Joseph the 50 who opposed domino's might be a small number who are against it compared to the percentage of the town but they are 100% of the people who came out and voiced there opinion in a very open and democratic process.. No back room no arm twisting ... If you or anyone else was for it then you should have showed up and expressed that... Dont hate or Monday morning QB because they came out and spoke there minds against something and you did not...
Joseph June 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Poor Kim - You got all hot and bothered because you thought I wanted a Domino's on Main Street. Poor girl. I'm sorry you're unable to comprehend what I wrote. G'day
Ernest J. Biffo June 06, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Avoid the Noid !!! I am in the process of partnerng up with the owners of Taco Loco and we will be moving forward hopefully with our plans to open up a 2nd Taco Loco in Ctown at this spot...
Kim June 07, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Poor Joe - You think i really got that bothered by your comment ... first i doubt you ever got any girl HOT especially not this one!!!! I got what you said... I wrote about you complaining about the process people coming out and speaking their minds... Who cant comprehend what was written....
Bette Task June 07, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Just what Charlestown needs! A Taco Loco. Good grief!
Joseph June 07, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Complaining about people voicing their opinions? Who said that? Not I. It's unfortunate you're unable to look the bigger picture Ms. Simpleton. Ernest - I hope you succeed. The best of luck!
Joseph June 07, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Bette, you must not like authentic Mexican food. Taco Loco is great food. I've eaten there countless times and have been satisfied 100% of the time. Check it out, you'll like. And it's not a chain.
Jay K. June 07, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Taco Loco looks legit! I look forward to trying it. Best of luck Ernest.
Seamus O'Sullivan June 07, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Bette - what would you have located there instead? It's not like people are banging down the doors to access that location.Taco Loco is a much better option than Dominos for sure. Only problem is I bet it cannibalizes 20-30% of the other Taco Loco's business.
Christina June 12, 2012 at 01:40 AM
OOOOOOOOOOOOOO where do I vote YES for Taco Loco? I drive over there all the time - they have REAL Mexican/Central American food - totally delicious! If you're not sold, head over to Sullivan Sq and try their food.

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