Monthly Meeting Minutes – July 22

  • Welcome & Announcements
    • No August Meeting
    • Next Meeting Monday September 23rd
  • Boston Police Updates – Sargent Martin & Officer Simmons
    • Sorry for missing June meeting
    • June: 1,800 911 calls for service (normal); 560 self-initiated; 365 priority 1 calls; 320 police reports; down 25% for Part I crimes; 39 arrests; 1 car breakin overnight in GSCA; May shots fired at Sumner and London that resulted in 3 arrests of gentlemen from Maverick landing;
    • Breakins: car breakins result from visible valuable items like cell phones and GPS; come in spurts; a few years ago we had 200, but much fewer now; Police need reports to stop these.
    • Phone scams: beware of phone scams of callers claiming to represent the police, IRS, SSA, etc. Do not do any transactions in gift cards. Do not give any personal information.
    • Peace Walk: Every Thursday at 6pm in front of District 7 for about an hour.
    • Lopresti Park annual event
    • Last Tuesday there was an incident on Chelsea with a woman who needed hospitalization and whose unit needed cleaning because of feces in buckets and such.
    • If folks are sleeping on the Greenway, then it is OK to call the police
    • There was a fight outside Maverick Station on station
    • Q: What about out of state cars? A: We will flyer them.
    • Q: Have you heard anything about cars being keyed? A: Not in Jeffries Point. There was an issue last winter in GSCA and Paris St, but the police don’t have video evidence.
    • Q: We have many out of state cars and they don’t get ticketed and towed. Why not? A: They should be. Lina is documenting this. The police do not ticket for out of state.
  • Office of Neighborhood Services Updates – Lina Tramelli
    • East Boston has added a second enforcement officer.
  • Neighborhood Updates – Nat Taylor
    • We have a bulletin board – email secretary@govestreet.org
    • Small business roundtable on Wednesday 7/24 morning 7a-10a with coffee
    • We will continue to work on getting project updates for those that have stalled, etc
  • Project Updates- Richard Lynds
    • Loftel Hotel (155 Porter St)
      • Approved in 2016; Purchased by Hudson in 2017; Complete rehab into 127 rooms;
      • Delays due to:
        • Antenna relocation and easement requiring completed legal proceedings
        • Historic preservation tax credit
      • Mayor, Madaro and Edwards have chimed in on this building and the client knows they need to get the building into a good condition.
      • Within 2 weeks they will get the building into construction prep ready and remove the window junk, then wrap the building
      • Client wants to avoid being placed on the problem properties list
      • Q: Are the windows historic? A: They have a design element to meet the criteria for federal and state tax credits. The client will get them installed as soon as possible. “Cleaning” up the building is the short-term priority. The final construction plans are being reviewed by BPDA. Then ISD will review for 30 days.
      • Q: Will the cell towers remain? A: Yes. That is why the 6th level was removed.
      • Q: When will it start? A: 2 weeks
      • Q: Can our city officials give them a deadline? A: They client needs to act immediately.
    • 173-177 Maverick St. (DeAngelis Bakery)
      • MG2, Joy St Design; Complete rehab of DeAngelis Bakery into residential approved in June 2018; BPDA design completed in Fall 2018; structural engineer determining if demolition is required within 4-6 weeks which would trigger Article 85
      • Q: If you demolition, will the new building have the proposed design? A: Yes
      • Q: Can they clean up the weeds and the trash? A: Yes, that is included in the “construction prep” process to begin within 2-weeks.
      • Q: What is the timeline? A: A contractor will begin “building prep” within 2 weeks. A permit should be issued by ISD within about 30 days from when BPDA completes design review, then construction this fall.
    • 66 Lubec is undergoing BPDA design review, then they could get a permit and begin construction in the fall.
  • Project Presentations
    • 24 Geneva Street – A proposal to erect a 5-story, 6 unit residential dwelling. 2 nd Presentation & VOTE – Attorney Richard Lynds
      • The City should consider making this a public way which would require the developers to fund it.
      • Zoning Variances: additional lot area: 0 (1000), side yard: 1 (2.5) Rear yard: 14 (20) FAR: 2.68 (2.35); Height: 5 story 50 (3 story 35) Parking: 6 (9) IPOD
      • Schedule: GSCA in Feb; Abutters soon; Zoning Hearing in September; BPDA design review in fall 2019; permit: spring 2020; construction: 10-12
      • Q: Will there be trees on the windowless side? A: No
      • Q: Could the abutters build? A: Yes
      • Q: Did you do a shadow study? A: No
      • Q: Abutter is concerned about the 5 story building and lack of parking. Does it set a precedent? A: No buildings don’t, but the 4-story building is the largest.
      • A project of this size will be asked to make public realm improvements.
      • Q: What about parking? A: The developers will pay for paving.
      • Q: What are the requirements of the developer? A: Its undetermined but it will be included in the BPDA design review.
      • Q: Will you commit? A: We will need water and sewer to get a permit, and so paving, curbing and sidewalks will be required.
      • Vote: Yes: 10, No: 4
    • 48 Geneva Street – A proposal to erect a 6 unit residential building. 2nd Presentation & VOTE – Attorney Richard Lynds
      • Zonig Variances: Side yard: 1 (2.5) Rear: 14 (20) FAR: 2.68 (1) (others)
      • Process: GSCA June, Abutters July, GSCA June, Hearing September, BPDA Design Review: Fall, Permit: Winter, Construction: Sprint 2010 (10-12 months)
      • Comments: Less stories, more parking
      • Vote: Yes: 7, No: 2
    • 58 Lubec Street – This proposal to change occupancy from 4 units to 9 units and erect a penthouse. 2 nd Presentation & VOTE – Attorney Richard Lynds
      • Rehab facades; resize units; upgrade life safety
      • We will attempt to preserve the character of the front balconies
      • Zoning Relief: FAR: 2.68 (2.35), Height: 5 story 53’4″ (4 story 44’6″), Open Space: Existing (300 S.F P/U), Parking: 0 (5)
      • Schedule: GSCA January, Abutters July, GSCA Vote, Hearing September, BPDA: Fall, Permit: Winter, Construction: Spring (6-8 months)
      • Vote: Yes: 7, No: 3
        Meeting adjourned at 8:10pm

Monthly Meeting Agenda- July 22nd

Gove Street Citizens Association
Monthly Meeting Agenda
Monday, July 22, 2019
6:30-8:30pm

Catherine Leonard-McLean Community Room
Logan Airport Rental Car Center

  1. Welcome & Announcements
  2. Boston Police Updates – Sargent Martin & Officer Simmons
  3. Office of Neighborhood Services Updates – Lina Tramelli
  4. Neighborhood Updates – Nat Taylor
  5. Project Updates- Richard Lynds
    1. Loftel Hotel
    2. 173-177 Maverick St. (DeAngelis Bakery)
  6. Project Presentations:
    1. 24 Geneva Street
      A proposal to erect 6 unit residential dwelling.
      2 nd Presentation & VOTE – Attorney Richard Lynds
    2. 48 Geneva Street
      A proposal to erect a 6 unit residential building.
      2 nd Presentation & VOTE – Attorney Richard Lynds
    3. 58 Lubec Street
      This proposal to change occupancy from 4 units to 9 units and
      erect a penthouse.
      2 nd Presentation & VOTE – Attorney Richard Lynds

LOCATION: The Catherine Leonard-McLean (formerly Noddle Island) Community Room is located on the first floor of the Logan Airport Rental Car Center, situated at the end of Porter Street. Free event parking in front of the building and in the Porter Street parking lot adjacent
to the building.