Boston Police Dept. update from Officer Curtis Mosley
Rise in shots fired and gun arrest – be mindful and careful of your area
Recovered 4 firearms recovered last week
On Liverpool St., there has been 2 incidents
Telephone scams seem to be decreasing
Fraud report with Bitcoin
Central Sq. still seeing shoplifting
Several citations on public drinking
Car breaks and catalytic thefts still seem to be issue
Commercial plates issues in the Eagle Hill area
There was a body found near the old casket – State Trooper leading efforts
Drug arrest that happened near South Bremen St. area
On 4/23, there was an arrest for aggravated assault near S. Bremen St.
Water and sewer pipe replacement in Gove Street area
There is ongoing water main, sewer drains, and pipes infrastructure being updated in the Gove Street neighborhood.
BWSC is asking us to separate existing combined sewers in East Boston. This includes the replacement of approximately 3,950 linear feet of combined sewers / sanitary sewers, and the installation of 7,355 linear feet of storm drains. This work also includes installing 8,800 linear feet of water mains, and the rehabilitation of approximately 2,310 linear feet of existing wastewater pipes.
Upcoming Blue Line service disruption: shuttle buses and ferries
Blue line diversion taking place from 4/25 to 5/8. Buses will be running from Government Center to Airport. There’s also ferries shuttling individuals between the Lewis Mall and Long Wharf.
Later, there are blue line diversions May 12 to May 29 between Orient Heights and Wonderland
East Boston neighborhood liaison, Nathalia Benitez-Perez Updates on fire at 183 Maverick Street in February
Coffee Hour with the Mayor on 5/4 from 9:30-10:30 am – there will be iced coffee and plants; also BPD will be present
Rodent walk with Office of inspectional services taking place next week. Please add areas to address to Nathalia
Discussion ongoing on route of shuttles – more information to come
Coffee with Michele Wu – location TBD
May 4th at East Boston Memorial Park, Tentative time is 9:30 am.
Still waiting for confirmation. Please come if you can, this is a great opportunity to talk to the Mayor, other elected officials and ask questions about specific issues involved since we’ll have many departments there to answer.
What is the city doing with rat issue near Gove St?
Information forthcoming for walkthrough by inspectional services
Contact info: email@example.com
Bremen & Orleans Development Project, Natasha Perez (5 min)
Continuing process with BPDA – working on incorporating recommendations into design
Aiming to present an updated design in future Gove Street meeting
When is construction supposed to start?
No. Still very early in the process with BPDA.
Can community weigh into process with development?
There was initial community input. All of this will be directed to the developers, including the developers.
Will there be more Impact Advisory Group (IAG) meetings?
The city may decide the plans for meetings. There have been two meetings, but there has not yet been additional ones.
Can connect with Jason at BPDA on process
How will Porter St. support auto-rich projects
There are a series of traffic studies that have to be reviewed with the city.
For follow-up questions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Signatures to put Andrea Campbell on ballot for Attorney General (1 min)
Cheryl Harding, Field Director, Andrea Campbell campaign
She needs 10K signatures to get on the ballot by May 1st
Volunteer event taking place on Thursday 3/30 in Dorchester
Cheryl@andreacampbell.org 857-251-2193 Thank you
284 Maverick Street Development, Drago and Toscano, LLP – Community Presentation (30 min)
Presentation by Jeffrey Drago
Developer: Odessit Capital
Seeking to erect a new four-unit building
Lot size: 1924 sq.ft.
Use area is 3F, seeking 4F variance. Total of 7 variances.
Is there a headhouse built?
Comments about the exterior colors of the building being dull
What are the proposed units?
Currently they are proposed rentals
3 bedroom; 2 bath
Units are around 1,150 sq. ft.
Concerns about lack of elevator in the building
Common to not have elevator in the building
Where does storage and heating/electrical going?
Heating and electrical units will be located within each unit
Storage for trash is located in the back
How many variances will be requested?
Will there be green space in the back?
How do you maintain and repair the walls with only a 2 1/2 ft space — over the many years the building will be standing
This is typical of new constructions. If there are any major leaks, this will be addressed from within the building.
When can we vote on this project?
Meeting can take place next month
“Loftel” Development Project at Orleans/Porter (175 Orleans Street), Richard Lynds – Community Updates (30 min)
Work has started on the building – with windows being installed
Expected to completely rehab the building to convert into a 123 room hotel
There will be 65 parking slots
There had been delays due to telecommunication installation. This was important to get this in place.
Full service restaurant and lounge will be available open to the public
Updates to the masonry, but minimal changes overall
There will be new plants/trees that will be installed along Porter and Orlean, as well as at the parking lot
Installation of new lighting around the perimeter of the building to improve pedestrian safety
Public realm improvements, including new landscaping, reconstructed sidewalks
Creation of 150 construction jobs over the course of project
Creation of 20 permanent full-time jobs
Commitment of up to $10K to repairs of Porter St. bridge to either City of Boston or Commonwealth of Mass.
Place and manage trash cans along the adjacent streets
Provide access for neighbors to use hotel’s parking lots during snow and state emergencies provided spaces are available above those required by hotel guests
Provide or pay for the costs associated of Zoom account used by GSCA
Grant permission to use to host the monthly board and member meetings
Contribute $5K for 10 years towards cost of regular maintenance to the Greenway
Questions and comments
Are some of the 65 off-street parking spaces available for non-hotel guests who may be eating at the restaurant?
Prioritized for hotel occupants. But this could be made possible.
Is the restaurant and lounge already chosen? Average hotel room costs?
Currently seeking to have hotel operator run the restaurant and lounge
Please make as many trees as possible
Need to make sure the installation of trees will meet city of Boston’s requirements for sidewalk width
The prior community-approved agreement included that the entrance to the parking would be on Frankfort, and that cars would enter on Frankfort and exit on Orleans (or vice-versa) to minimize traffic. This looks like it has changed, and that would, I believe, invalidate the previous agreement
Cars will enter on Porter St and go through circulator to exit on Orleans St.
Project plan was reviewed by BPDA
What will the landscape look like? Lighting?
There will be 5’ landscape along the side
Back will be a driveway
Can work on fence to mitigate the noise
Lighting study included in the original submitted – has been reviewed by BPDA
Which part of the window façade will be repaired?
Plan is to repair 70% of the façade. Wait until the structural repair for the column can be done. Then complete the rest of the façade repair
Will any on-street parking be eliminated?
None will be eliminated.
What is the plan to/from airport?
Goal is to not have any vans
What is the branding?
How long will construction take?
Aiming to wrap up by end of 2023/summer 2024. But this is dependent on supply chain and minimized impacts by COVID
What are the construction times?
Work under permit can take place: M-F 7 am until 5 pm
Heavy construction can only start after 8 am
What is the off-street parking?
65 parking spaces were approved prior by BPDA; it is a 50% parking-to-room
Most of the attendees will be flying/into airport
Parking will be charged comparable to other hotels in the area
When was the developer commitments made?
In Article 80, there are several requirements to obtain a certificate from BPDA. Developer has to make commitments for the community.
Who will be moving the telecommunication equipment?
A combination of Jamsan contractors and the telecommunication company at the expense of Jamsan.
More information on update: fire started 3:40 and put out around 7:30; 25 families were displaced; no fatalities; impacted 4 houses – 2 children; looking for winter clothes, basic necessities – can drop off at BCYF; Red Cross helping housing, but working with the City; cause of fire still under investigation
Updates from new East Boston liaison to the mayor’s office, Nathalia Benitez
Introduction of Nathalia Benitez – new City of Boston liaison – residing on Chelsea St.
How can Nathalia help?
Community outreach – connecting constituents with services to City Hall; addresses needs and wants of the neighborhood; manages development process for developers and residents; licensing for East Boston of restaurants and cannabis; schedule abutters meetings
Mayor’s shift to focus on waterfront development in East Boston (new municipal harbor plan)
Very early in development – want to address and help East Boston
Working with BPDA to create plan for constructions
Hope to provide more updates next month and going forward
Updates on policies related to COVID-19
Vaccine mandates were lifted for restaurants and city workers as of last week
Questions for Nathalia Benitez: email@example.com / 617-635-2681
Community updates from Boston Police Department officer Sgt. Cintolo and Tommy Demenico
Fire started 3:26 am; MBTA helped with buses
Motor vehicle crimes happening more frequently taking advantage of unlocked cars – please lock your car and keep valuable items in the trunk
Catalytic converter theft occurring
Commercial vehicles after 9pm must be removed – recommends calling 911 to have police come remove vehicles
Scams involving gift cards and bitcoins are still happening – if unsure, please hang up
Community service phone number: 617-343-4752
Loftel: will ask to have the group provide update in the next meeting
Question about separate JPNA and Gove St. associations: started 3 years ago because of the large number of developments and constructions
Nathalia can share monthly updates on developments; each association has its own process – anyone that lives within 300 ft of building joins the abutters meeting
Surge: The Trustees has partnered with Boston Dance Theatre and the Boston Foundation to set up a paid creative residency for a group of BIPOC performing artists residing in East Boston to reflect on the impacts of local climate events, build on existing narratives of resilience to climate change, and to envision a thriving future for the East Boston community through artistic presentation
What advice do you have for neighborhood associations that voice opposition, but ultimately get ZBA approval
Colette: recommend reforming ZBA; current process in Boston is by variance
Del Rio: leverage current elective officials to be an active voice for the neighborhood
With more development in East Boston, what will you do about congestion?
Del Rio: should not let East Boston become another Seaport. encourage transit-oriented development; A lot of traffic into the neighborhood is due to airport – need to work with Massport reduce cars, e.g. to make Logan Express free to use, charge suburban cars
Colette: need to plan well and observe this issue not as a singular project, but as an ecosystem. 15-min city – to get people out of their cars and make it more walkable. East Boston becomes a bottleneck for folks from the NE corridor. Plan for water transportation
Why doesn’t East Boston attract the amenities (e.g. Trader Joe’s) seen in other areas around the Boston region?
Del Rio: There are opportunities. We can look at our existing locations. Gives examples of the police station, Paris St. pool. Can work with Main Street.
Colette: It’s in the cards. Gives example of Charlestown.
Has new East Boston liaison been assigned? Will he/she be joining future meetings
Nathalia Benitas was recently appointed. GSCA will reach out and request joining future meetings
Shooting on Wadsworth/Saratoga St.
No new updates – but future meetings can bring in a community officer
Open to community feedback on how best to run the meetings?
How do we recruit new people to join the neighborhood association?
Potentially do a block party
Having info/items in multiple languages – increase access
Find small grant to support the organization
Encourage competition to bring people into the meeting – wins a small award
Reminder next meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 pm
Hello, I hope that everyone is having a great start to 2022! I am writing on behalf of a small group of residents of the Gove Street neighborhood who have banded together to keep the Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA) running. We plan to host the next meeting on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 6:30 PM. Please register below to receive a Zoom link.
We are writing both to announce this meeting and also to ask residents of the area served by the association to submit any items they would like to see on January’s agenda. Please submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to create a space to come together and build community with our neighbors.
Neel and the GSCA transition team
Welcome and introduction – 15 min
The Trustees Boston Waterfront Initiative – Gabriela Ramirez (10 min)
The GSCA monthly meeting will be held ONLINE (and on phone) via ZOOM. The meeting will be held on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM. Registration is required. If you have not received an invitation to register or have difficulty registering or attending, please go to https://govestreet.org/zoom, send an email to email@example.com or contact (781) 951-4111.
Though the agenda is subject to change, we plan to discuss the following items:
Attendance Roll Call
Boston Police Updates – Sgt Cintolo
Office of Neighborhood Services Updates – Lina Tramelli
Ernani DeAraujo – Report regarding the Boston Public School Committee
Update regarding the Bremen/Orleans Housing Project – Natasha Perez
Anthony D’Ambrosio- Candidate for State Senator
Announcement from the GSCA Board:
Dear Members: It is with heavy hearts that the Board Members inform you of the pending dissolution of the Gove Street Citizens Association (GSCA). GSCA does not have the necessary resources to continue. Please contact East Boston’s elected officials with any issues affecting the neighborhood. The last GSCA monthly meeting will be held on Monday, October 25, 2021.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: Oct 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)