Italian steakhouse, rooftop bar offered in the former Victor’s Italian Cuisine establishment in Saugus


The Board of Selectmen has approved two buildings exceeding the permitted height limit on the former Victor’s Italian Cuisine site as part of a mixed-use development project that would include 74 apartments, an Italian steakhouse and a rooftop bar / bistro .

Members of the board of directors unanimously supported an application by Maddy’s Place, LLC for a special permit to authorize two buildings exceeding 55 feet in height.

Attorney Richard Magnan told Selectmen his clients intended to construct a 67-foot, 8-inch building and another 66 feet at 1639 Broadway.

Plans for a building call for an Italian steakhouse on the first floor, Magnan said, in addition to 20 one-bedroom apartments on floors two to five and a rooftop bistro bar / lounge that would be open to the public.

Magnan said the other building will have 54 one-bedroom apartments.

It was important that Maddy’s Place, LLC be allowed to exceed the height limit for structures in the zoning district before moving forward with more detailed architectural plans, Magnan said.

Earlier this month, the Planning Council voted in favor of a final subdivision plan permit which, according to Magnan, serves to freeze the zoning in place for a development project at 1639 Broadway.

Magnan said Maddy’s Place, LLC has yet to appear before the planning board to present a master plan for the development and to get site plan approval.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will also need to approve all plans, Magnan said.

Selectmen chairman of the board, Anthony Cogliano, said he sees the development as something like Dryft or Cut 21 in Revere Beach, with residential units above and a restaurant downstairs with all that. feeds on each other.

Cogliano credited Michael Touchette, who helped develop Essex Landing and is also involved with the 1639 Broadway project, for doing a great job with Essex Landing. He noted that the Wong family also had an incredible reputation in town, referring to the fact that Bobby Wong is part of Maddy’s Place, LLC.

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