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