At a brief formal meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday, Yale Terrace residents made a plea that Bicon Dental Implants document exactly what it does in its brick building at 501 Arborway. The property does not appear to have permits allowing the dental clinic or professional school activities it advertises as taking place there. ZBA chair Christine Araujo referred the matter to the city law department. Speaking to the JP News the next day, Yale Terrace resident and plaintiff's spokesperson Gerry O'Connor, who is also an attorney, said that the long effort to simply require Bicon to file an accurate occupancy permit is not over. He said the hearing was brief; Vincent Morgan, DMD, president of Bicon [which has a staff of 15 dentists, technicians and hygienists] was there but didn't speak, and about 20 Yale Terrace residents attended.
In the latest chapter in a long, strange saga, neighbors of Bicon Dental Implants won a small victory. Calling the matter "unique and a challenge," Dave Barron, chairman of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Zoning Committee opened a hearing at its Wednesday meeting to consider whether Bicon Dental Implants at 501 Arborway should have its certificate of occupancy revoked. In a years-long struggle with the company, the Yale Terrace Association and Gerard O'Connor, acting for himself "seek to untangle the confusing, incomplete and inaccurate regulatory history of the property" as its Dec 14, 2015 zoning appeal states. Recusing himself as a member of the JPNC Zoning Committee and moving to the opposite side of the room, O'Connor (a resident of Yale Terrace, a private way with nine homes on it) said "We are looking for support from the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council to require Debbie LLC (the owners of the Bicon building) to put right in the regulatory files a clear and accurate record of what is" happening inside 501 Morton Street (also listed as 123 Morton Street). "The current uses are dental clinic, clinical laboratory and professional school," O'Connor said.
Forest Hills videographer Hugh Mackay witnessed the tearing down of 21 Yale Terrace, a house at the center of an epic fight between the surrounding neighborhood, Bicon Dental and City Hall. The former owner of the house claims that Bicon sent a straw buyer to purchase her home after she refused to sell it to them. The company plans to build an employee dorm and parking structure. The Gazette has followed this controversy in detail for years. Here's an April 24 Gazette story on a demolition delay won by the neighbors with backing from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.