Neighbor Sues Chang-Díaz Over Home Addition

Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, D-Jamaica Plain, represents the Second Suffolk seat.

Office of Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz

Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, D-Jamaica Plain, represents the Second Suffolk seat.

The Boston Globe reports that an abutter of State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, D-Boston, has sued over the politician adding a story to her Bremen Terrace home — claiming she received special treatment.

Chang-Díaz and husband Bryan Hirsch received a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals for the work on their Forest Hills home, but the couple did not file the “long form” building permit required. As the Globe explains in a follow-up story, homeowners can go ahead with construction without that form, but it’s “at risk” of having to remove the work if expected approvals don’t pan out.

Neighbor Brian Wells’ suit also targets the city of Boston, the Inspectional Services Department and the Board of Appeal.

For much more on this story, including the steps Chang-Díaz said her family took to get neighborhood buy-in, please visit the Boston Globe.

  • Orchardhill

    I went to the open house Bryan and Sonia had when they were seeking neighborhood approval for their addition. I was also one of the ones who voiced my support for the project. The scale model of the proposed addition which was displayed at the open house had a rounded and much more flat roof then the addition that has actually gone up. There seems to be some room for them to compromise on the roof line.

  • hydesquare

    I can’t help but think that being a state senator greases the way for these types of things. I wonder whose name was out on the permit application, Chang-Díaz’s or her husbands. I’ll bet it was her name.