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Special Permit A3 (Parking Determination)




Applicant:                    Hingham Cemetery Corporation

                                    40 Water Street

                                    Hingham, MA  02043

Premises:                    40 Water Street

                                    Hingham, MA 02043

Deed Reference:         Plymouth County Registry of Deeds, Book 194, Page 86 and

                                    Book 2003, Page 389


Date:                           April 16, 2014


Summary of Proceedings

This matter came before the Planning Board on the application of Hingham Cemetery Corporation for a Special Permit A3 parking determination under §V-A of the Zoning By-Law to allow for renovation of the existing historic Ames Chapel to be used for religious ceremonies, office space for the Cemetery Board and small and medium community gatherings at 40 Water Street, located in the Official and Open Space District.


The application was received on February 26, 2014 and the Board heard the application at a duly advertised and noticed hearing on March 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM and April 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Hingham Town Hall at 210 Central Street.  Members of the Planning Board present were Acting Chairman Gary Tondorf-Dick, Sarah Corey, and Walter Sullivan Jr. Alternate member Dick Cook participated in the March 24, 2014.  Planning Board members William Ramsey and Judy Sneath are abutters to this project

therefore; they recused themselves from the hearings on this application. 

In attendance for the Applicant:  Attorney Dan Brewer, Engineer John Cavanaro, Architect Tom Burgess and members of the Hingham Cemetery Board.


Peer review engineer John Chessia reviewed the project for the Board.


Discussion and Findings

The Applicant proposes to renovate the historical Ames Chapel into a community building.  The proposed use for the Chapel is to provide for religious ceremonies, small and medium gatherings and to use the basement area for administrative purposes.  New utilities will be installed for the building and 16 new gravel parking spaces with curb stops and one handicap space located near the building will be constructed.  There is a 2’ Versa-Lok continuous retaining wall system approximately 100’ in length, which permits the upslope gradient of the parking to have a minimal slope and provide protection of the existing trees.


The Board reviewed peer review engineer John Chessia’s memo regarding the project dated March 24, 2014 that discussed current conditions, proposed parking, sloping, grades, and the overall project.


It was moved, seconded, and SO VOTED to APPROVE the plan entitled “Site Plan to Accompany Planning Board Application, Ames Chapel, Hingham Cemetery,” dated 2/25/14 and revised through 04/01/14, prepared by Cavanaro Consulting, 687 Main Street, Norwell, MA  for The Hingham Cemetery Corporation. 


For the Planning Board,




Gary Tondorf-Dick, Acting Chairman                              Date                                               

Hingham Planning Board