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Special Permit A3 (Parking Determination)




Petitioners:                Lido, Juice, Inc., 103 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA;

                                    Stephen Johnson, 226 Powder Point Ave., Duxbury, MA;

                                    Alyson Gregory, 36 Stockbridge Street, Cohasset, MA


Premises:                    60 South Street

                                     Hingham, MA 02043


Deed Reference:         Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, Land Court Cert. #113979, Book 569, Page 179


Date:                            March 31, 2013



Summary of Proceedings

This matter came before the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals (Boards) on the application of Lido, Juice, Inc., 103 Ripley Road, Cohasset, MA; Stephen Johnson, 226 Powder Point Ave., Duxbury, MA; and Alyson Gregory, 36 Stockbridge Street, Cohasset, MA (Petitioners) for a Special Permit A2 under §III-A, 4.9A and 4.9D of the Zoning By-Law and such other relief as necessary to operate a 15 seat sit-down/take-out juice bar at 60 South Street in Business District A and the Downtown Hingham Overlay District, along with Site Plan Review to be done by the Planning Board under §I-G and §I-I and a Special Permit A3 parking determination, with waivers if necessary, under §V-A.


The Boards heard the application jointly at a duly advertised and noticed hearing on March 19, 2014 at 7:45 PM in the Hingham Town Hall at 210 Central Street.  Members of the Planning Board present were: William Ramsey, Chairman; Gary Tondorf-Dick, Clerk; Sarah Corey, Judy Sneath and Walter Sullivan Jr.  The Board of Appeals panel consisted of its members: Joseph Freeman, Chairman; Joseph Fisher and Tod McGrath.

Discussion and Findings

The Petitioners propose to convert a retail space of approximately 1,025 s.f. to a 15-seat sit-down/take out juice bar.  The juice bar is intended to be a walk-up amenity.  There are no proposed changes to the exterior of the building.


The proposed business, Lido Juice, Inc., will provide fresh pressed fruit and vegetable blends of juice as well as mixed smoothies.  The juice bar will have an “open kitchen” format and have premade products to grab-and-go.  The Petitioners do not anticipate many customers lingering and the juice bar will be more a take-out business than a sit-down establishment.  The Petitioners currently operate the same business in Cohasset. 


The consensus of the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals was that the proposed use would be a good contribution to the downtown area of Hingham.


The Board discussed outdoor lighting for the outside seating.  The Petitioner stated there will be low landscape lighting provided and the signage will be externally lit as required by the Zoning By-Law.


The parking requirement of the Zoning By-Law is one space for every three seats for this use.  The prior retail use was five spaces per 1,000 s.f. of space.  The juice bar will be allowed to have up to 15 seats (as requested) with the available spaces.  The business is also located in the Downtown Overlay District and as such is entitled to a 25% parking reduction.


There were no comments from the audience.



It was move, seconded, and SO VOTED to FIND that the parking available at 60 South Street is adequate for the proposed use. 


Motion passed - Unanimous


For the Planning Board,




William Ramsey, Chairman                                            Date                                               

Hingham Planning Board