06-26-2014 |

By Chris Stevens / The Daily Item

LYNN — A career politician, a non-politician and a self-proclaimed champion of the elderly each made their case for the 11th Essex District state House seat during Wednesday’s Mass Senior Action candidate’s forum.

06-09-2014 |

Lynn proposal aims to build on recent growth

Editorial - The proposed new downtown Lynn zoning scheme, which will be the focus of a City Council public hearing on Tuesday night, is a new take on the famous “Field of Dreams” line: “Build it (up) and they will come.”

Councilor at large Brendan Crighton and his council Ordinance Committee, along with business leaders, including Chamber of Commerce Chairman and John’s Roast Beef Owner Taso Nikolakopoulos and members of the Lynn Business Partnership, have devised a plan to build upon the successful influx of young professionals to the downtown and encourage new restaurants and professional offices.

06-07-2014 |

City councilor at large to pitch zoning plan

LYNN — City Councilor at large Brendan Crighton will ask fellow councilors Tuesday night to share his vision of a downtown neighborhood with taller buildings, more restaurants and more people living in new and converted lofts, condominiums and apartments.

“We want to create really walkable neighborhoods,” Crighton said.

To reach that goal, Crighton mapped out zoning changes with the help of local business organization leaders, including Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Taso Nikolakopoulos, who called the changes “smart zoning.”

05-15-2014 |

LYNN — Injecting downtown with more arts and cultural programs and reshuffling its parking and zoning requirements will bring more people into the city’s center, elected officials and business leaders say.

They are moving to make changes in the downtown area over the next several months, including repaving three downtown parking lots and scheduling a council hearing on zoning code adjustments that City Councilor at large Brendan Crighton said might attract a microbrewery or “brew pubs.”

Crighton has led discussions with councilors and business community members focused on finding ways to make it easier to open businesses in the central business district.

03-18-2014 |

LYNN — The third incarnation of Lynn’s Youth Council was inducted during a City Hall ceremony where participants got to rub shoulders with their City Council counterparts.

“It’s pretty much the same setup,” said Councilor at large Brendan Crighton, who, along with School Committee member Charlie Gallo, has been a strong supporter of the council. “The kids are ages 12-19, there are 18 members and there is an application process and pretty rigorous interview.”

“It’s a big accomplishment to have been chosen,” Gallo said.

02-10-2014 |

LYNN — A developer could open a tannery today on Boston Street but would need a special permit for nearly anything else, according to the city’s 88-year-old zoning ordinances.

“My fear is one day we’ll get a tannery because they can do that by right,” said City Council Daniel Cahill. “By right” means that the project falls within the existing zoning rules and cannot be prohibited.

10-30-2013 |

LYNN — Home buyers who cannot afford downtown Boston will have a reason to look in Lynn once city planners use newly-adopted “smart zoning” to spur downtown residential development projects, according to a city councilor who represents downtown.

Ward 5 City Councilor Brendan Crighton said such zoning helps developers renovate downtown buildings into residences by offering them tax credits and exemptions designed to make potential projects attractive.

“A recent Boston Foundation report mentions Boston’s unaffordability to middle-class home buyers. We have the existing infrastructure right now,” Crighton said.

10-19-2013 |

LYNN — The Good 2 Go crew from Raw Art Works is back at it, painting electrical boxes and bringing a little more outside art to the city’s Art and Cultural District.

“It’s really remarkable,” said RAW Art Therapist Bruce Orr, who mentors the group. “All the ideas, the concepts come from them.”

Good 2 Go is a group of young male artists who aim to have their work noticed in a positive way.

“I offer guidance in respect as an artist and educator, they come up with the ideas,” Orr said. “I encourage them to think outside the box.”

06-03-2013 |

LYNN — Fifty-five gallon garbage cans with locking tops are being tested on the city’s streets to see if they are the answer to the downtown area’s trash problem.

“We put some on Mount Vernon in Central Square and Exchange Street,” said Ward 5 City Councilor Brendan Crighton.

Crighton serves as chairman of the Central Business District Committee which has been mulling how best to tackle the issue of trash along Market Street and in other downtown areas.

05-23-2013 |

LYNN — Ward 5 City Councilor Brendan Crighton announced his decision Tuesday to run for a councilor at large seat in the fall municipal elections.

"It's a tough decision but the right one. I wanted to give my all to the position. As ward councilor, I've always tried to help my constituents," he said.

The 30-year-old West Lynn native said he will continue pushing for local economic growth if he is elected councilor at large. Crighton won his colleagues' support to adopt an accelerated waterfront development permit process last fall and he wants the process applied to other parts of the city.