Owner will look for new space for Vietnamese market after ruling in Manchester
The state Department of Employment Security hopes to move from the location, and Thanh Ho, owner of Saigon Asian Market, had put in the winning bid for the property.
“People want to walk there and spend their money in the city. They don’t want to travel to Boston to spend their money,” Ho said.
Thursday’s vote was 4-1 against the project.
“With all the box stores that are empty in the city, he can find a better location for a store that size instead of the middle of a neighborhood,” said Zoning Board Chairman William Bevelaqua. He said the board was also concerned about the dumpster and delivery hours.
Racist intent disavowed
During the meeting, Bevelaqua and another Zoning Board member disavowed any racist intent on their part, and said they were insulted by earlier accusations.
Leaders of both the Vietnamese and Brazilian communities spoke in favor of allowing the market on Hanover Street. Lawyers for two longtime Hanover Street residents spoke against the project. Both worried about the size and the traffic it will generate.
Muller presented a traffic study that said the traffic would be comparable to that of the unemployment office. And he said deliveries would be limited to business hours.