November Meeting Minutes

  • Welcome & Announcements
    • No December Meeting
  • Office of Neighborhood Services Updates – Lina Tramelli
  • Boston Police Updates – Officer Simons
    • Congratulations and thank you Sergeant Martin
    • Welcome Officer Cintola
    • Increase in commercial break-ins but we made an arrest
    • Beware of phone scams – don’t give personal information or send money
    • Q: What should I do if I get a call that my number is compromised? A: Make sure you speak to someone.
    • Q: Cross-walks at Maverick are chaos? A: It isn’t a police matter.
    • Q: What about cars double parking? A: We’re not in the business of rushing people; we make people or give them a ticket if they are there after 2 loops.
  • Neighborhood Updates – Nat Taylor
    • East Boston Tree Council
    • Beautification Committee
  • Revised GSCA By-Law Approval Vote – Shawn Lu / Nat Taylor
    • Q: Do we require a quorum? A: No
    • Q: What is the definition of abutter? A: State definition
    • Q: What types of financial disclosure? Are they allowed to vote? A: Direct only. Yes the are eligible.
    • Q: Could the abutter exception have unintended consequences? A: Yes, but that’s a sign of an engaged neighborhood.
    • Vote: 11 YES 0 No
  • Project Presentations:
    • 10 Geneva Street A proposal to erect a 4 story multi-family dwelling (7 units) with parking at grade. 2 nd Presentation / Vote – Attorney Richard Lynds
      • Materials: 1st story masonry; upper stories hearty plank that resembles neighboring buildings
      • Height: 37’2″ and no roof deck or head house; similar to other 4 story buildings on Geneva street. Adjacent 3-story building is 32′ feet.
      • The change of use from industrial to residential is consistent with the Master Plan
      • Project is required to bring in water and sewer and make public realm improvements
      • Q: Can you make it 3-stories with more parking? A: We understand 1-1 parking but the City thinks that is excessive; we are trying to be transparent
      • Vote: Yes 3 – No 8
    • 255 Maverick Street A proposal to raze the existing building and erect a mixed use 4 story building with 9 residential units and one retail unit with parking at grade. 2nd Presentation / Vote – Attorney Richard Lynds
      • Mid-facade decks will be used to break it up aesthetically
      • Height is 37’2″ with an elevator head house which aligns with adjacent buildings
      • Q: Can you commit to street trees? Keeping the rear trees? A: Yes to street tress. There are no rear trees.
      • Q: Will there be retail? A: Yes, low-intensity
      • Vote: Yes 7 – No 4
    • Legislative Update – Representative Adrian Madaro
      • $30M New Police station at base of Eagle Hill! Finally after mid-1800s
      • State budget: Piers Park sailing center included amendment for $50,000; Funded grant for Greenway extension to Winthrop; cross-roads family shelter is getting $245k for workforce development; EBSC is getting $50k for daycare service during relocation; YouthConnect got $25k for a social working position; Vocational Education: $75k for job readiness program at EBHS; $75k for STEM pilot schools in all EB elementary schools
      • Greenway renamed in honor of Mary Ellen Welch
      • I am the vice-chair of transportation; I am EB’s seat at the table; We need more money for big ticket items like ferries, Red-Blue connector, late-night service, Blue Line to Lynn and for reliability (including for the Blue Line); Leadership, House, Senate and Business Community agree its a big issue;
      • Study Opportunity Act to be signed tomorrow to add $1.5b to close opportunity gap (including East Boston!)
      • Hands-free Driving will be enacted soon
      • I respect veterans; new legislation for mental health needs of veterans as state schools
      • Announcements
        • I have been appointed the vice-chair of transportation (new office and added staff)
        • Eastie’s Elves
      • Q: Is the BPS funding going to public schools? A: Yes
      • Q: EBNHC is seeking to develop the parking lots? A: Yes but it is ambiguity and there will be a community process.
      • Q: How will you alleviate congestion? A: I have written a TNC-fee bill. I have a bill on regional ballot initiatives to get things on the ballot to get new taxes. Gas tax is in play. Toll reform (equity and congestion pricing) may be in play.
      • Q: Can Worcester Airport be moved closer to the Mass Pike? A: I would support it.
      • We are experiencing in 2019 the Logan ESPR projections for 2040, so regionalization and mitigation are essential. I am advocating for HEPA filters in our schools. I am advocating for night curfews.

Meeting adjourned at 8:10.

November Monthly Meeting Agenda

Monday, November 25, 2019
6:30-8:30pm

Catherine Leonard-McLean Community Room
Logan Airport Rental Car Center

  1. Welcome & Announcements
    1. No December Meeting
  2. Boston Police Updates – Sargent Martin & Officer Simons
  3. Office of Neighborhood Services Updates – Lina Tramelli
  4. Neighborhood Updates – Nat Taylor
  5. Revised GSCA By-Law Approval Vote – Shawn Lu / Nat Taylor
  6. Project Presentations:
    1. 10 Geneva Street
      A proposal to erect a 4 story multi-family dwelling (7 units) with
      parking at grade.
      2 nd Presentation / Vote – Attorney Richard Lynds
    2. 255 Maverick Street
      A proposal to raze the existing building and erect a mixed use 4
      story building with 9 residential units and one retail unit with parking
      at grade.
      2 nd Presentation / Vote – Attorney Richard Lynds
  7. Legislative Update – Representative Adrian Madaro

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.