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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Announcements

  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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Speakers

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

Vote:
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.

TUESDAY’S (3/13) PLANNING MEETING
(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.

Update: Public Meeting On February 28 For The 135 Morrissey Project

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has updated its meeting schedule for the 135 Morrissey project, the site of the former Boston Globe headquarters. CSHCA members may wish to attend, in particular, the Public Meeting:

Public Meeting: Wednesday, ​February 28 at 6:30 pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester, McLaughlin Youth Center, 4th floor (1135 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA. 02125). This will be​ ​a​ ​general community meeting where the public can attend, share their comments, and learn more about the project proposal. Note: this meeting was originally scheduled for February 26, 2018.

The public comment period ends on March 12, 2018. Other project-related meetings:

Scoping Session: Monday ​February 26 at 2:00 pm at the BPDA offices​​ located on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall. A Scoping Session is a meeting that the BPDA hosts with the development team for the different city agencies/departments and elected officials. This meeting will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions, and raise any potential concerns as it relates to their specific department/area.

Impact Advisory Group​ (IAG)​ Meeting: Tuesday​ February 27​ at 6:30 pm at Boston College High School in the Murphy Alumni Room (150 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA. 02125).​ This will be the first IAG mee​ting. Agenda: introductions, discussion about the role of IAG, the development team will provide an overview of the project, and questions/comments from the IAG.

To learn more, read this CSHCA post and/or visit the BPDA site.

Dot Block Project: Construction Update

Artist rendering of Dot Block buildingWork proceeds on the massive Dot Block project. For the latest information, I contacted Catherine O’Neill, a spokesperson for the project, who provided project updates previously. She informed me via e-mail (links added):

“The new temporary fence is almost completed and we have begun to cut and cap the utilities – this will take approximately three weeks – we began Tuesday on Dorchester Avenue, then will proceed to Hancock, then Pleasant then Greenmount – when completed the demolition will begin – I’m thinking the buildings will start coming down second week of March… the subcontractor doing the cut and cap is Metro Equipment Corp and the demolition contractor is Vinagro.”

According to the approved BPDA Board memo in 2016:

“The Project site is comprised of four existing parcels totaling 172,023 square feet (3.9 acres) of land, and bounded by Greenmount Street to the North, Dorchester Avenue to the East, hancock Street to the South, and Pleasant Street to the West. The Site excludes the South corner piece of the city-block bounded by Hancock Street and Dorchester Avenue, as well as the North-East corner piece of the block at the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Greenmount Street.

The Site currently includes 4 existing 2-story buildings which are all vacant and in poor condition; an auto-body shop, a private way (Greenmount Place) off Greenmount Street, which is expected to be incorporated into the Site; and a 15-foot City of Boston Sewer Easement tht runs through a portion of the Site from Dorchester Avenue to Pleasant Street. The existing buildings will be demolished to enable the Proposed Project to be constructed… DOT BLOCK LLC proposes to develop an approximately 388,400 gross square foot development containing approximately 362 residential units, approximately 37,000 square feet of new retail space on Dorchester Avenue and a 5-story 450 parking space garage. The proposal calls for five buildings ranging from four to six stories in height…”

For more information, visit the Dot Block project page at the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) site.

Meeting Schedule: 135 Morrissey Project

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has shared the schedule of upcoming meetings for the 135 Morrissey project. CSHCA members may wish to attend, in particular, the Public Meeting:

Public Meeting: Monday, ​February 26 at 6:30 pm at Boston College High School in the Murphy Alumni Room (150 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA. 02125). This will be​ ​a​ ​general community meeting where the public can attend, share their comments, and learn more about the project proposal.

Other project-related meetings:

Scoping Session: Monday ​February 26 at 2:00 pm at the BPDA offices​​ located on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall. A Scoping Session is a meeting that the BPDA hosts with the development team for the different city agencies/departments and elected officials. This meeting will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions, and raise any potential concerns as it relates to their specific department/area.

Impact Advisory Group​ (IAG)​ Meeting: Tuesday​ February 27​ at 6:30 pm at Boston College High School in the Murphy Alumni Room (150 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA. 02125).​ This will be the first IAG mee​ting. Agenda: introductions, discussion about the role of IAG, the development team will provide an overview of the project, and questions/comments from the IAG.

To learn more, read this CSHCA post and/or visit the BPDA site.

[February 15 update: the Public Meeting has been postponed. When a new date and time is decided, we will post it. Feel free to attend instead the IAG meeting on February 27th.]

Agenda: Tonight’s Eboard And Planning Meeting

The agenda for this evening’s Eboard and Planning meeting:

Eboard & Planning Meeting: February 13, 2018
Eboard Agenda- Starts at 6:30 pm

  • Chili Cookoff: Need 3 volunteers to assist with chili (March 11)
  • State Senate Candidates Night: Dorchester Civic Organizing ( date & time pending). Primary: April 3; Election: May
  • One Boston Day: Sierra Rothberg needs to confirm if we want to participate and identify Ryans Playground and Savin Hill Park as cleanup site. Need a leadership volunteer. Date of cleanup is April 14 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, followed by a community celebration event from 12:30 – 3:00 pm at Fields Corner
  • State Police/ Dan Hunt / Mass Dot help for pedestrian traffic at Morrissey and Umass and Columbia Road at the on/off ramps at 93
  • IAG meeting for former Globe Site on February 26 at 6:30 pm at B.C. High. Comment period ends March 12, 2018

Planning – Starts at 7:00 pm

DISCUSSION ONLY (no presentation):

  • Van Sha Bu: Karen Diep will discuss at membership meeting changes including selling hard liquor license
  • Auckland Street: Ordinance Request for Paving yards
  • 50 Clapp Street: Medical Marijuana ZBA date… submitting a letter?
  • 12 Carson Street: Abutters meeting reschedule… ZBA date February 27

PRESENTING AT PLANNING:
341 – 343 Savin Hill Ave: Anthony Kinahan will present plans for a conversion of a 2-family to 3-family. Refusal letter violations include:

  • Offstreet parking insufficient
  • Parcel not zoned for 3
  • FAR and Height Excessive

Agenda For February 5 General Meeting

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

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report
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Announcements

  1. RENEW your membership for 2018: $5 Individual or $25/merchant. You can pay at meeting or send Checks payable to CSHCA can be sent to attention of Treasurer: Nicole Chelkowski, 5 Caspian Way #2, Dorchester MA  02125.  Additional donations always accepted: CSHCA Membership Form
  2. Real Estate Taxes for 2018 personal and residential exemptions are due by April 2nd. More information at the City of Boston Assessing Online site.
  3. Resident Parking in the neighborhood expanding?? More details will be shared at the meeting.
  4. Special Senate Election – to replace Linda Dorcena Forry:
    Pull Nomination Forms: February 20th
    Primary Election: April 3rd
    Election: May 1st.
  5. City of Boston- College Bound Scholarship application for Boston Residents due 4/13.  Application and info can be found at the City of Boston Scholarship Fund page.
  6. New Liquor Store was granted permission by licensing board to open inside the Stop n Shop. A petition asking for a hearing to oppose such ruling will be presented to members.
  7. DCR is having a host of community meetings around area parks. One such park up for discussion is McConnell Park. A community meeting occurred on Thursday, January 25th at 6:30pm at the Cristo Rey school. We will update the membership about that meeting, but information about the meeting is also available in the News & Events section of the CSHCA site.
  8. The 12th Annual Chili Cookoff is scheduled for March 11th at the I.B.E.W. Hall on Freeport Street from 4:00 – 7:00 pm.  Come support the CSHCA as we look for a local restaurant to cook chili on behalf of the membership. More information about this upcoming event is available in the News & Events section of the CSHCA site.

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Speakers

Need a job?? Robert Driscoll from DRASCO will speak about Verizon sales opportunities, and an upcoming open house with employment opportunities.

Todd Fremont-Smith, a Nordblom representative, will provide an update on the redevelopment of the Boston Globe Site. The BPDA has received the PNF with comments due by March 2. The filing and summary notes are available in the CSHCA website.

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:

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PLANNING COMMITTEE
Eileen Fenton – Chair

  • Abutters Meeting: 12 Carson Street to convert single family to a 3 family with 2 parking spots will be held on site at property Wednesday February 7th at 6pm.
  • TUESDAY’S (February 13th) PLANNING MEETING: (Agenda to be discussed at meeting.) Meeting held at Savin Hill Apartments, 130 Auckland Street, at 7:00 pm

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Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle
Meeting Adjourn