June 2022 Meeting Minutes

June 27, 2022

Recording:

Topic: Gove Street Community Meeting – June 2022
Start Time: Jun 27, 2022 06:26 PM

Meeting Recording:
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Notes

Announcements

East Boston Community Soup Kitchen Fundraiser

  • Annual fundraiser – VROCC (Veronica Robles Cultural Center) at 282 Meridian Street, Boston, MA 02128
  • Friday, September 16, 2022 from 6-9 pm
  • https://www.ebkitchen.org/
  • More information, please contact ebcsk.info@gmail.com

Solarize Eastie

135 Bremen St. collecting feedback through BPDA: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/135-bremen-street 

Call for member to join GSCA Board

Community Updates

At-Large City Councilor Julia Mejia

Questions for Councilor Mejia:

  • What are ways you could help to help us reform BPDA?
    • There are still work to be done regarding planning and designing from a community-based perspective. New administration gives hope to 
  • For Eastie, there’s daily construction everywhere. What could happen to ensure we do it correctly?
    • We should put a pause on building and luxury development to ensure we can create a framework for community building
  • From Councilor Mejia’s Chief of Staff:
    • Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for inviting us to join you this evening. My name is Sandra and I am Councilor Mejia’s Chief of Staff. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is any way that we can be helpful;. Councilor Mejia’s email is Julia.Mejia@boston.gov and my email is Sandra.Saavedra@boston.gov….. — also follow us on social media: @juliaforboston to keep up with us! Thank you again. 🙂

Police updates

Officer Tommy Domenico

  • Increase of drug activities in the neighborhood
  • A few car breaks: most recently on Bremen St.
  • Traffic crash on Chelsea and Porter St. on 6/19
  • There was a break-in on 124 Gove St.
  • On-going construction on Gove St. due to water and sewer lines

City hall updates

Nathalia Benitez

  • Coffee Hour with Mayor Wu on 7/13 from 9:30-10:30 am at East Boston Stadium
  • Mayor Wu is hosting a block party on City Hall on 6/30 
  • Questions regarding Sumner Tunnel closure
    • Mitigation offered by MassDOT: discount on using Tobin Bridge; greening and beautifying tunnel portals; minimize noise, vibration, dusts, and pests
    • Asks made by elected officials: public transit – free blue line, continue East Boston ferry, adequate blue and silver line, open MassDOT parking lot; minimize congestion; emergency services: coordination with highway operations center and EMS dispatch, outline plan for emergency services when tunnels are closed, fund overnight shift for EMS in East Boston
    • Information:
    • Comments from public:
      • Carlos Munoz: Free Blue Line and ferry service during the project.
      • Bluevelvet: a plan should’ve been in place prior to any closures or last minute needs for our community. the airport traffic is being diverted into our neighborhood
      • Jane O’Reilly: There should be a moratorium on new developments

Presentation

John Smart

99A Cottage Street roof deck

June 2022 Meeting

We plan to host the next meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 6:30 PM

  • Announcements (10 min)
    • East Boston Community Soup Kitchen Fundraiser – Sep. 16, 2022
    • Call for members to join GSCA board
  • Community updates (25 min)
    • BPD update from Sgt. Cintolo
    • East Boston liaison – Nathalia Benitez
      • Sumner Tunnel closure updates and collecting community feedback
    • Councilor Julia Mejia
    • Natasha Perez on EBNHC/Davis project
  • Projects (15 min)
    • VOTE: 99A Cottage St – Roof deck rebuild
  • Next meeting: July 25th (potentially 2 projects up for vote)

Please register in advance to attend the meeting:

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIuf-ivqzooGtTUcJLzMcyzj1J2Q6wTmQCy