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September 12, 2013

Heard Around Town: Hot fudge bagels not selling in Peabody

Or at least they aren’t selling before the City Council.

Seregio Goncalves of Chandler’s Ice Cream on Andover Street had petitioned to amend the eatery’s special permit “to allow for the additional use of the premises as a coffee shop with the sale of bagels and salad” and to open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. It’s currently open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day.

Goncalves said he had entered into an agreement with Bagelville.

But news of the request sparked a backlash from area residents, who apparently don’t want to live in Bagelville. Ward 4 Councilor Bob Driscoll explained, “A lot of people were opposed to it due to tough traffic there.”

Ward 3 council candidate Bill Toomey joined Ward 3 neighbors across the street in lamenting too-frequent accidents. And he reported success yesterday, as the request to sell bagels was withdrawn — without prejudice, meaning it could return.

“Hopefully they’ll find another place in the city,” said Driscoll. The shop was originally allowed to open with a restriction that customers will scream only for ice cream. Not bagels.

It’s dead, but it won’t lie down yet

Appearing in tonight’s City Council packet is a request to zone half of the Pulaski Street industrial park for business. But don’t be fooled. The proposal is just running its course as a formality. Mayor Ted Bettencourt said the idea, which drew fire from both the businesses at the park and the surrounding residents, has been abandoned.

Living near the Pulaski Street industrial park long had its problems, says resident Lola Busta. She remembers when the property was owned by the city’s largest leather producer, A.C. Lawrence, “and they’d put all the patent leather out in the sun to dry. God forbid it should rain. The horns went off and every employee dropped what they were doing to run out and bring in the leather.”

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