Capital One Bank wants to move into the current location of The Charles Street Market (the old 7-Eleven) at the corner Charles St. and Mt. Vernon. In order to do so, they need a variance from the Boston Zoning Board.
Please join us in opposing the approval of the variance so that Capital One cannot move into the space.
The petition letter in the "Petition Letter" tab to the right and the signatures will be presented to The Boston Zoning Board of Appeals in advance of their February 28 meeting to discuss this matter.
If you signed the paper petition at the BHCA Zoning meeting, please don't sign this one.
Thank you for your support!
Deny zoning relief for Capital One on Charles Street
We ask that you support Beacon Hill residents and independent businesses on Charles Street by denying an application for a change in the conditional use of the property at 62-66 Charles Street from a convenience store to a bank. This space is currently occupied by the Charles Street Market.
This proposed use would adversely affect the neighborhood and negatively impact the businesses on Charles Street.
Capital One would be the 5th bank in a 3 block radius and the 8th bank on Beacon Hill. Charles Street is zoned as a local business district – meaning that businesses should be here to support the neighborhood. Cleary there is no need for another bank on Charles Street. The neighborhood need goods and services that residents can use and that bring foot traffic to Charles Street. The survival of locally owned-independent stores depends on a vibrant street, where people come to visit, shop, and eat every day of the week.
The proposed space at the corner of Charles Street and Mount Vernon is at the heart of Beacon Hill. It is a lively space where every day kids wait for the school bus and shop owners, residents, contractors and tourists drop by for a bite, a drink, to read the paper or to collect their mail. Filling this space with a bank or office will deaden the area by reducing foot traffic and increasing safety issues.
Operating a bank in this location is most likely a marketing strategy for Capital One - a ‘trophy location.’ They are not coming to Beacon Hill to serve our neighborhood.
The purpose of Boston Zoning Code is to “promote the health, safety, convenience, morals, and welfare of the inhabitants of the City.” Adding another bank to Beacon Hill does none of those.