A subdivision with two lots that includes an Italian steakhouse is proposed for the vacant Victor’s Italian Cuisine property at 1639 Broadway.
Attorney Richard Magnan appeared before the Planning Board on Jan. 7 to share his client Maddy’s Place LLC’s intention to divide the 1639 Broadway parcel into two lots that feature a cul-de-sac entranceway.
Magnan said the preliminary subdivision plan calls for the existing Victor’s Italian Cusine building to be demolished and the construction of a new restaurant.
The end use for the other lot has yet to be determined, Magnan said.
A liquor license is attached to the 1639 Broadway site, Magnan said, adding that a restaurant must be built in order to activate the license.
In October 2019, the Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to transfer an all alcohol common victualer’s license from Victor’s Italian Cuisine to Saugus Rte 99, LLC.
Bobby Wong said the plan is to still move forward with an Italian steakhouse at the site. His team is also exploring the possibility of having a rooftop bar on the building, he noted.
“If the preliminary subdivision is approved we’ll still have a few months to come up with what we want included in the definitive plan,” Wong said.
The preliminary subdivision application shows one 47,916-square-foot lot and a second 45,930-square-foot lot at the property.
Senior Town Planner Alexander Mello told the Planning Board that the preliminary subdivision application was missing some key information and thus incomplete.
Special town counsel Jesse Schomer said he would like to hear more about the proposed uses at 1639 Broadway, as well as the reason for a cul-de-sac layout when there is adequate frontage on both proposed lots.
The Planning Board took a site visit to 1639 Broadway to get a better feel for the property. The preliminary subdivision application will be revisited at the board’s next meeting on Jan. 21.
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