Here we go again...152 New Licenses May be Coming to Boston as soon as September

On Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 2:30pm, the Government Operations Committee of the Boston City Council will hold a public hearing regarding a proposal to advance a home rule petition regarding liquor licenses to the state legislature.

The proposal as filed would create a total of 152 new non-transferable, on-premises liquor licenses for the City of Boston. Similar to the special legislation filed and passed in 2014, the licenses would be available for issuance over the course of 3 years, or through 2019.

So what's potentially on the table?

  • 105 Neighborhood Restricted Licenses (3 all alcohol licenses per year; 2 beer and wine per year) in Dorchester, Mattapan, Mission Hill, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury; 
  • 30 City-wide Licenses (7 all alcohol licenses per year; 3 beer & wine licenses per year). Back Bay, North End and Beacon Hill can't snag more than 3 each year;
  • 15 Main Streets Districts Licenses (3 all alcohol licenses per year; 2 beer and wine licenses per year); and
  • Boston Center for the Arts & Lawn on D are proposed to score one all-alc license each. 

This proposal would also allow any real estate development project with a total combined gross floor area of 500,000 sf or more to apply for a non-transferable "umbrella license", where additional licensees under the "qualifying project" could be added. 

The proposal, sponsored by Councilor Ayanna Pressley, can be read in full here

Stay tuned for more details after Thursday....