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Development plan pits North End residents vs. officials

The state’s highest court has agreed to decide whether a waterfront perch at the tip of Boston’s Long Wharf can be run by a private business without legislative approval, a decision that could have implications for urban renewal efforts across Massachusetts.

The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments Nov. 5 on Boston officials’ desire to expand and enclose a large, open-sided pavilion on the plaza at the end of Long Wharf and put a restaurant and tavern inside and add outdoor seating. Although the area is used by tourists and residents alike, city officials contend it is not a park, but private redevelopment land that can be used to further the city’s urban renewal goals — without lawmakers’ approval.

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