Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Long Wharf Pavilion Restaurant Proposal
The "Long War of Long Wharf" is in the news again.
According to an article from the NorthEndWaterfront.com site, oral arguments were heard last week by a three-judge panel within the federal appeals court, with the the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) being in support of development at the site of the Long Wharf Pavilion on the Boston waterfront, while the National Park Service wishes to keep the area as parkland. Back in 2010, we reported that a proposed restaurant called Doc's Long Wharf was being eyed as possibly being built at the tip of the wharf, but those plans fell through following a reversal of an earlier ruling supporting it. Plans have since been kept on the table for a restaurant to be built at the site, with the BRA supporting it and the NPS (and local residents) being against it, and the back-and-forth battle continued with a federal judge ultimately ruling in support of the NPS last summer, resulting in an appeal by the BRA.
The NorthEndWaterfront.com site says that if the federal appeals court rules against development at the tip of Long Wharf, the BRA could continue the dispute by asking for an "en banc" review by all of the judges on the federal appeals court, and if the fight were to continue on from there, the U.S. Supreme Court would be the next court in line.
[September 25 update: A new article from NorthEndWaterfront.com states that the BRA has lost its appeal.]
Federal Judge Rules Against Restaurant at Site of Long Wharf Pavilion
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