Permitting Issue May Mean Fines For Red Rock Bistro Development

The former Red Rock Bistro on Humphrey Street was torn down before a full demolition permit was granted, a town official said.

A rendering of what 141 Humphrey St. is expected to look like when finished.
A rendering of what 141 Humphrey St. is expected to look like when finished.

The Swampscott Zoning Board of Appeals will discuss issues surrounding the recent demolition of the former Red Rock Bistro at their meeting Wednesday night.

The hearing, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, will feature a sit-down with a representative of Swampscott Associates LLC to discuss the ongoing project at 141 Humphrey St. 

It is up to the Swampscott Planning Board and Historical Commission to decide whether or not fines will be levied against the developer for tearing down landmark restaurant without a full demolition permit, Swampscott Town Planner Brian Szekely said Monday afternoon. 

"The issue here is that they tore down the building without a full demo permit," Szekely said. "They came to me 10 days before they started working and requested a full demolition permit - which I didn't give them - and then they went ahead and tore it down anyways." 

The hearing Wednesday night will feature a request for an amendment to the current project conditions that would allow for the demolition of a kitchen, bar and wall that have already been demolished, Szekely said.

Swampscott Patch will post additional information as it becomes available.
Fred Hammer May 22, 2014 at 02:08 PM
scents do you know does town meeting over rule selectan who has more power i thing its town meeting but not sure
5cents May 22, 2014 at 05:00 PM
A condition of community participation in the NFIP states those structures built within SFHAs (Special Flood Hazard Areas) must adhere to strict floodplain management regulations enforced by the community. Red Rock property is only partially in a VE zone, yet this would be a good test to see if our community has the knowledge to address new emerging building issues. (Dr. Smith's building on Humphrey is on pilings, so is the Bertram House.)
Whisky May 22, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Did anyone actually go to the meeting last night?
Louis Massei May 23, 2014 at 07:59 AM
So much for pilings for our new police station! Sewer smell in the back of the building, plus its been years but I remember that area being flooded.
Fred Hammer May 23, 2014 at 09:09 AM


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