May 2022 Meeting Minutes

Recording:
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  • Announcements
    • Massport: This 5/26 Thurs 10:30 am – there will be a WWII Memorial – 13 Lovell St.
  • Community updates (20 min)
    • BPD update from Sgt. Cintolo and Tommy Domenico
      • Report of male exposing himself in front of woman and children on Bremen St.; there is a warrant for his arrest
      • On 4/29, there was 115 Gove St. break-in
      • On 5/9, there was a car damage
      • 5/19, Bremen auto-body shock, fist fight
      • Drug OD
      • No major incidents around Greenway and surrounding area
      • Drug unit has been very active, making arrests
      • Commercial break-ins have taken place around overnight hours
      • Catalytic converter thefts are still occurring
      • Parking is a major issue in the area – call 911 and they will come to tag the vehicle
    • Water and sewer pipe replacement happening in neighborhood
      • There has been shaking happening to buildings when they are replacing water and sewer pipe.
        • Readings are normally below the threshold. Currently, they are doing minor replacements, so it shouldn’t be causing shakings. If anything, please contact Victor Pacella and/or Ryan Shea
      • How long will this take place?
        • Timeline updates:
          • Cottage St is expected to go until August, but may be shifted to September due to permitted work hours
            • May want to shift up the time start at 7am, pending BPD approval and community feedback
          • Orlean St. is aiming to complete by Nov. 2022
      • What impact will this have for me?
        • The goal is to improve the infrastructure of pipes. Will have a positive impact to prevent water from overflowing during extreme weather
      • Contact:
        Ryan Shea @ BWSC SHEAR@BWSC.org
        Victor Pacella – RJV Construction Corp. – Project Manger  – 617-504-0315….Please do not hesitate to call
    • East Boston liaison – Nathalia Benitez
      • Mayor Wu announced two new programs for renewable efficiency: Solarize Eastie -Solarize Eastie will reduce costs for solar panel installation and the Community First Partnership will expand energy efficiency opportunities for environmental justice communities. Access Increased to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency | Boston.gov
      • Phase 2 of waterfront initiative is close to completion – awaiting final approval from Environment Department; Nathalia will plan to bring in a contact to a future meeting
      • Coffee Hour – July 13th 9:30-10:30 am at East Boston Memorial Park
  • Projects (60 min)
    • 99A Cottage St
      • Background
        • Ariana Weihn – bought house in 2018 and loved the roof deck. But in 2021, had to knock down the entire roof deck to replace the leaky roof
        • Hired a local contractor to fix leak and construct new deck
        • Engaged an engineer to evaluate structural integrity and providing necessary drawings
        • Filed application for rebuild and received ISD refusal letter that the deck was not previously permitted
        • Abutters meeting scheduled for June 7, 2022
      • Design
        • The headhouse has already been constructed
      • Variances and next steps
        • Received refusal letter from ISD citing:
          • Article 27T – 5: East Boston IPOD applicability
          • Article 53, Section 52: roof structure restrictions
        • Next steps
          • Hold abutters meeting on 6/7
          • Vote from GSCA subsequent to abutters meeting
        • Information passed to board of appeals for ultimate vote on the project
    • 24 Geneva St
      • Follow-up presentation from 2019 (Nicholas DiLibero)
      • Background:
        • Construction of new 6-unit dwelling with 4 parking spaces
        • Mix of 4 1-bedroom and 2 2-bedroom units
        • Intended for homeownership
      • Location
      • Zoning relief – MFR
      • Questions/comments from community
        • Jane O’Reilly: units designed for family is limited, as mostly it’s one-bedroom; Lynds: East Boston is need of one-bedroom units
        • Frances Amador: concerned about limited parking spaces; Lynds: on-going conversation about future of Geneva St. repavement
        • What is the future of Geneva St?
          • Discussion happening that will address the future of the street
    • 169 Maverick St
      • Working with Richard Lynds (attorney) and Joseph Trichilo (property owner)
      • Project overview
        • Complete interior renovations of pre-exisitng non-cofmring 3 family dwelling including upgrade to life safety (full sprinklers)
        • Change occupancy from 3- to 4-family
      • Lot
      • Zoning relief – MFR
      • Nearby projects
      • Proposed conditions
      • Next steps
      • Questions
        • Frances Amador: Are these going to be rental apartments? Lynds: homeownership
        • Frances Amador: Was this property owned recently? Lynds: it was offered vacant, unsure why the property was transferred