Hearing scheduled for O.B. ‘Old Variety Store’

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A hearing was postponed until Jan. 9 for demolition of this dilapidated Oak Bluffs building. - Gabrielle Mannino

Members of the Cottage City Historic District Commission postponed a Dec. 12 public hearing for the demolition and reconstruction plans at 10 Oak Bluffs Ave. for the dilapidated building that abuts the Flying Horses Carousel, due to lack of notification to abutters.

The proposal was brought to the commission at a Nov. 11 meeting by owner Joseph Moujabber, engineer George Sourati, and architect Ethan McMorrow. Moujabber, a part-owner of Nancy’s Restaurant, purchased the small 0.4-acre parcel in December 2017 for $700,000, according to assessors’ records.

The plans call for the demolition of the building and construction of a new two-story commercial building with a one-bedroom apartment on top. Sourati said the idea is to create a space on the first floor for retail or commercial use, with a small second-floor apartment.

McMorrow told commissioners the building would be designed using historical photos and would have a similar theme to surrounding structures.

Commissioners appreciated someone finally bringing the building back to life, but were concerned about preserving original parts of the building, and an obscured view of Flying Horses when coming from the Steamship Authority.

McMorrow told commissioners the design plan would try to recreate the original as much as possible, and that not much of the old building could be saved.

At the Dec. 12 public hearing for the project, commissioner Matthew Cramer told an eager crowd that the hearing would have to wait because abutters were not notified in time due to an administrative error. Cramer said the commission is an all-volunteer board, and that until recently, there had been no administrative help.

The public hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 9 at 4:45 pm in the Oak Bluffs Public Library lower-level meeting room.

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  1. Let’s hope there is more oversight on this Moujabber project than the last one, The infamous GarageMahal a few years back

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