Open House: Moakley Park Vision Plan

Please join Boston Parks & Recreation in the first of a series of public engagement events and share thoughts on what you would like to see in the Moakley Park Vision Plan. According to the City of Boston site:

“A Vision Plan for Moakley Park will begin in 2018. This study will evaluate the entire park, all structures (including buildings), and infrastructure to assess future park renovations and climate resiliency potential… Develop a comprehensive Vision Plan addressing recreational needs, park opportunities, and coastal and storm water flooding concerns.”

The next community meeting:
Where: Tierney Learning Center (125 Mercer Street, South Boston)
When: Tuesday March 13th
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

We will provide an update if there is a schedule change due to weather.

March 13, 2018 open house. Moakley Park Vision Plan

[March 12th 4:30 pm Update: Due to the weather forecast of a coming nor-Easter snow storm, this meeting has been cancelled.]

Meeting Minutes: February 2018 General Meeting

Meeting minutes from the February 5th general meeting:

  • Meeting called to order
  • Police report
  • Update on resident parking from Desmond Rohan
  • A speaker from McCormack Civic Association asked members to sign a petition against the liquor store Stop and Shop is seeking to open.
  • Nick Collins spoke about his campaign for State Senate. The special election primary will be held on April 3rd and the general on May 1, 2018.
  • Announcements: the City of Boston Scholarship Fund awards scholarships up to $2,500.00 for new college-goers and continuing education students. See for more information.
  • The Dorchester Chili Cookoff will be March 11th at 4:00 pm at the IBEW 103 Hall. The Banshee is providing our chili for this year.
  • Eileen Boyle updated us about the plans for the Savin Hill playground.
  • A representative from the new owners of the former Boston Globe site provided an update about the plans for the site. More information is available at the News & Events section of the CSHCA site.
  • Update from Eileen Fenton regarding the Planning Committee. No votes taken.
  • Update from Don Walsh about the Visioning Committee.
  • Update about the billboards
  • A motion to pay $50.00 for the Dorchester Chili Cookoff registration fee passed
  • Meeting adjourned.

Meet The State Senate Candidates Night: March 19

On April 3, 2018 there will be a Primary Election to replace Linda Dorcena Forry, followed by the Election on May 1, 2018. The First Suffolk Senate candidates include Nick Collins (Democrat), Althea Garrison (independent), and Donald Osgood (Independent).

Interested residents can learn about the candidates’ positions, and ask question at an event on March 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the First Parish Church (10 Parish Street, Dorchester). Refreshments will be served. For more information, download the Meet Our Next Senator flyer (Adobe PDF;  353 k bytes).

Draft Residential Paving Ordinance For Review

In 2005, the Boston City Council drafted an ordinance, “prohibiting the paving of yards in areas zoned for residential use.” That ordinance was never approved by the City Council. A vote will be taken at the March 5, 2018 CSHCA general meeting about whether to ask our city councilor to take this draft ordinance to the council for approval.

Download the residential Paving Ordinance draft (Adobe PDF; 586 k bytes).

Agenda For March 5 General Meeting

Below is the agenda for the upcoming meeting on Monday, March 5th:

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report
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  1. Dorchester Day Fundraiser…The HEAT IS ON… The Banshee will be representing CSHCA at the annual Chili Cookoff. (12th year)… on Sunday March 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. This is a great TASTE OF DORCHESTER event sampling the best chili from area restaurants. For more details, see:
    2018 Chili Cookoff Tickets.
  2. Martin Richard Foundation… “One Day” is Sunday April 15. We need several volunteers to assist at Ryan’s Playground. The Foundation is providing financial resources to purchases paint, trees, bulbs and mulch to beautify the park. The 2 hours on Sunday will be followed by a celebratory gathering later in day in Fields Corner. To help, SIGN UP at the general meeting on Monday, March 5th.
  3. Resident Parking in the neighborhood is expanding. An organized meeting to discuss resident parking is planned for April 10 at the CSHCA eboard at Savin Hill Apts on Auckland Street.
  4. Special Senate Election: to replace Linda Dorcena Forry. The Primary Election will still occur on April 3 followed by the Election on May 1. For more information about elections, see: Special Senate Election Details. Also, several civic associations will sponsor a meet-and-greet-the-candidates night on March 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the First Parish Church (10 Parish Street Dorchester). Refreshments will be served. More information and the event flyer are available in the CSHCA website.
  5. Moakley Park Vision Plan. CSHCA will be represented (hopefully) in an Advisory Group to look at the park in assisting the Park & Recreations Department to discuss and develop an updated vision for the park. We will ask and nominate a volunteer to represent CSHCA at the meeting
  6. Pedestrian Concerns at UMASS and Morrissey and Columbia Road and the on/off ramps have been escalated to Dan Hunt. Will provide more details on addressing concerns and enforcement.
  7. Then & Now tour… In conjunction with the Dorchester Historical Society, CSHCA and Norblom, the Globe Developers, we will be doing a walking tour of the old Globe site pre-development

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CSHCA will seek approval from the membership on a City of Boston ordinance on paving yards that was drafted but never approved. View the draft paving ordinance at the CSHCA website.

Karen Diep will speak to changes at Van Sha Bu including selling hard liquor license at restaurant.

James Baker will provide an update on the construction at 110 Savin Hill Avenue. He will also give an update on tenants for the building.

Catherine O’Neill will provide an update on the Dot Block demolition. More information is available in CSHCA website: DOT BLOCK.

CSHCA will take a vote to submit a comment letter for the proposal at 135 Morrissey (Globe Site). We will be voting on the content of the letter. More info on the proposal can be found in the CSHCA site at: 135 Morrissey Blvd/Globe update.

Don Walsh will provide an update on the new Visioning Committee. The committee has confirmed select sites in the neighborhood to start the focus.
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Active Large Projects in the Neighborhood. These are listed as an FYI only. No formal presentation at the meeting.

  • Dot Block
  • Morrissey Blvd. Redesign
  • Tom English – Dot Market Redevelopment
  • UMASS RFP-Bayside- For Sale
  • Billboard zoning
  • Redevelopment of Maryellen McCormack BHA property
  • Waymark Church- Parking lot conversion

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Planning Committee
Eileen Fenton – Chair

341 – 343 Savin Hill Ave: Owner seeks approval to change from a 2 family to a 3 family generating the following variances:

  • Off street Parking Insufficient
  • Zoning for 3 Family forbidden
  • FAR excessive

Abutters Meeting: For the above mentioned property is scheduled for March 20 in the evening.

Tom English/ Dot Market: Abutters meeting is scheduled for March 22 in the basement of St. Theresa of Calcutta Church (enter at back at 73 Roseclair)… they will also present at the March 13 Planning meeting, and seek membership approval at April’s meeting. More information about the project is available at: Toms English / Dot Market.

(Agenda to be discussed at meeting)
Meeting will be held at Savin Hill Apartments (130 Auckland Street) at 7:00 pm

12 Carson Street is coming back to discuss a new proposal having deferred their February ZBA meeting.
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Old Business
New Business
50/50 Raffle
Meeting adjourn

Temporary Flood Barriers In Boston: How They Work

AquanFence. Atlantic Wharf Tower. Boston

Temporary flood barriers installed outside the Atlantic Wharf Tower in Boston

You may have heard about the new flood barriers some businesses in the Seaport District have installed to protect against flood damage. This NECN report explains:

“The portable flood barrier was on display Thursday outside Boston Properties’ Atlantic Wharf Tower. The four-foot-high panels are stored when they are not needed, but can go up in a matter of hours… Certain bricks are removed to help secure the barriers to the ground so when the water rises, it only strengthens the panels on the fence. The fence is sealed off at the last minute before a storm, but employees can still enter and exit the building with temporary walkways to cross over it.”

The portable flood barriers made by AquaFence can be used either outside or inside buildings; and inside tunnels. Founded in Norway in 1999, AquaFence sells its products worldwide. The company claims its products outperform sandbags and other temporary solutions.

Besides Atlantic Wharf in Boston, the barriers are used by a variety of agencies and companies: Massachusetts Port Authority, 1 World Trade Center (New York City), Teterboro Airport (New Jersey), a factory in Bangkok (Thailand), and more.

AquaFence. Massachusetts Port Authority

Temporary flood barriers installed outside a Massachusetts Port Authority building.

Park, Beach, And Traffic Alert Due To Weather

Boston Councilor Frank Baker posted the alert below on his Facebook page about park, beach, and road closures given the approaching storm:

“Starting tonight, March 1, 2018, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close all coastal beach reservations, parks, and parking areas, all campgrounds statewide, all agency operated ice rinks and the Cass Recreation Complex, and several parkways in the Greater Boston area, until further notice. Additionally, parking bans will be implemented on Friday, March 2, 2018, at 8:00 AM at the following locations: Hull Shore Drive and Nantasket Avenue in the Town of Hull, Quincy Shore Drive in the City of Quincy; Revere Beach Boulevard in the City of Revere, and Winthrop Shore Drive in the Town of Winthrop. The upcoming closures are due to a forecasted Nor’easter that is expected to deliver heavy precipitation, potential coastal and inland flooding, and strong wind gusts.

WHERE: All coastal beach reservations, parks, and parking areas statewide at 6:00 PM this evening; all campgrounds statewide at 6:00 PM this evening; and all DCR operated ice rinks and the Cass Recreation Complex at 11:00 PM this evening. The following parkways have been scheduled to close or will close if necessary on Friday, March 2, 2018:

  • Morrissey Boulevard in the City of Boston from Freeport Street to UMASS (9:00AM);
  • Morrissey Boulevard in the City of Boston from Neponset Circle to Freeport Street (if necessary);
  • Nahant Causeway in the Town of Nahant (if necessary);
  • Nahant Road/Lynn Shore Drive rotary in the Town of Nahant (time to be determined);
  • Nantasket Avenue/Hull Shore Drive and extension in the Town of Hull (time to be determined);
  • Quincy Shore Drive in the City of Quincy (9:00AM);
  • Revere Beach Boulevard and Ocean Avenue in the City of Revere (if necessary);
  • William Day Boulevard in the City of Boston (9:00AM);
  • Winthrop Shore Drive in the Town of Winthrop (time to be determined); and,
  • Winthrop Parkway in the Town of Winthrop at Short Beach (5:30AM).

Parking bans on Friday, March 2, 2018 starting at 8:00 AM: Hull Shore Drive and Nantasket Avenue in the Town of Hull, Quincy Shore Drive in the City of Quincy; Revere Beach Boulevard in the City of Revere, and Winthrop Shore Drive in the Town of Winthrop

WHEN: Beginning on Thursday, March 1, 2018, until further notice.”

Boston Water & Sewer: Local Assistance In Dorchester

Have questions about your monthly water bill? Have unresolved issues or questions about your service?

The Boston Water & Sewer Commission (BWSC) is holding neighborhood meetings through June, 2018. Local meetings will be in Uphams Corner and Fields corner.BWSC staff will be available to:

  • Resolve billing or service complaints,
  • Process discount forms for elder or disabled persons,
  • Arrange payment plans for delinquent accounts,
  • Accept payment (check or money order; no cash),
  • Review water consumption data for your property, and
  • Explain BWSC customer programs

Fields Corner meetings will be at the Kit Clark Senior Center (1500 Dorchester Avenue): March 12, April 23, May 21, and June 18. Uphams Corner meetings will be on Fridays at the Uphams Corner Municipal Building (500 Columbia Road): March 16, April 13, May 11, and June 8.

See the BWSC site for more local meeting locations, and additional information.