Abutters Meeting Scheduled For 951-959 Dot Ave Development

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 951-959 Dorchester Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to build a 5-story mixed-use building with 38 residential units, a restaurant, and a market.

Where: Catherine Clark Apartments (915 Dorchester Ave)
When: Saturday, January 20th
Time:              10:00 am

951-959 do ave development project image

Questions/Concerns, contact:
David Cotter
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

Glover’s Corner Project Protested In Dorchester

The December 14th issue of DigBoston reported:

“… earnest technocrats at the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA, formerly known as the BRA) still find it necessary to play the communitarian “public meeting” game when trying to sell bad deals that advance corporate interests to the working families who are all too often the targets of such deals… it’s nice to see that housing activists with the Dorchester Not For Sale coalition decided to crash a recent BPDA transit-oriented public meeting on its “PLAN: Glover’s Corner”—which is slated, among other things, to add hundreds of units of housing that will be mostly unaffordable to current Dot residents.”

“According to the Bay State Banner and the Dorchester Reporter, the Dorchester activists are taking a page from JP and Roxbury housing activists with the Keep It 100% for Egleston coalition who protested the larger BPDA PLAN: JP/Rox—which might ultimately involve thousands of units of new housing—until the city relented and mandated that 36 percent of the new units (and 40 percent overall, including units currently permitted for construction) must be affordable…”

The article cited an average medium income amount used by the City to define what “affordable” is, and the success of some activists to increase the number of affordable units in development projects. However:

“So while their activism raised the amount of “affordable” housing the BPDA planned to offer in the deal from 30 percent to 36 percent, it’s not going to help many people currently living in or near the affected neighborhoods to stay in the area unless the definition of affordable is changed to reflect economic reality. Given that fact, Mayor Marty Walsh’s much-vaunted progress on getting more affordable housing built on his watch is based largely on smoke and mirrors because much of it remains unaffordable to the people who need it most.”

Unfamiliar with the Glover’s Corner development project? You can learn more here.

Mayor Walsh Signs Plastic Bag Legislation

On Sunday, Mayor Martin Walsh signed legislation banning the usage of single-use plastic bags in Boston. The Boston Globe reported:

“Boston joins 59 other municipalities statewide and hundreds across the nation, including Seattle and Washington, D.C., in adopting a ban. It takes effect next December, giving stores and shoppers time to prepare… Walsh’s decision ends more than a year of debate over whether to eliminate disposable shopping bags and steer businesses and consumers toward reusable ones. The goal, supporters say, is to reduce litter and cut the amount of plastic in the environment. Opponents included representatives of the paper and plastic industries as well as critics who say the measure will amount to a tax on the poor. “

Some Boston residents and CSHCA members are participating in a local bag-share program to provide Boston residents with reusable bags.

Glover’s Corner Development: An Opportunity

At the December 4th General Meeting, a representative from the Glover’s Corner development project distributed a flyer, which read in part:

“PLAN: Glover’s Corner is an opportunity for the community and the City of Boston to think strategically about the future of Glover’s Corner.”

The area under study is huge, covering about 86 acres. Current land usage includes commercial (41%), residential (25%), industrial (17%), public/tax-exempt (14%), and mixed-use (2%). See the map below.

Visioning workshops held on May 18 and June 28, 2017 identified several neighborhood strengths (“cultural and economic diversity; close to Red Line transit; cross-roads of Dorchester; culturally diverse restaurants and local services”) and weaknesses (“lack of trees, green spaces, and places to gather; unsafe and hard to walk and bike; traffic and congestion; lack of access to certain services and amenities”). The workshop sessions also identified the highest priorities for the project:

    1. “Create housing for a range of incomes
    2. Plan for a climate-change resilient neighborhood”

Other top priorities identified:

  • “Create safe, walkable bike-friendly streets
  • Preserve and grow quality jobs
  • Improve transit options and connections
  • Provide support for local businesses
  • Support cultural diversity of the neighborhood
  • Create an active people-centric district through development”

To learn more, visit the Glover’s Corner Project at the Boston Planning & Development Agency site, and/or read the October 25, 2017 Land Use Workshop Presentation. A copy of the presentation is also available here (Adobe PDF; 11 MB).

Glovers corner boundaries. Boston Planning and Development Agency.

BFD: Christmas Tree Safety

Everyone wants to have a safe Christmas and holiday season. The Boston Fire Department posted the item below on its Twitter page:

You may have little as 15 seconds to flee once a dry tree starts burning. Watch this video on Youtube.

BPD Launches Cam-Share Security Program In Dorchester

The Boston Police Department has launched a new security program which utilizes the internet-connect security cameras at participating businesses and homes. The program description:

“Boston Police Department, District C-11 recently launched a Public Safety Consortium among Dorchester Business Owners with an Information Sharing App, with the goal of bringing Dorchester’s Business Community together with the Boston Police Department to strategically plan and coordinate responses to emergency situations. To further this initiative, District C-11 is launching a new initiative to better coordinate, adjudicate, mitigate, prevent and respond to incidents in the community: Cam-Share.

By partnering with our neighbors, private cameras in and around our community can potentially be used as “Force- Multipliers.” Enabling Evidence to be quickly located, analyzed, and distributed among various agencies working together within the Criminal Justice System, to identify, locate, apprehend and adjudicate criminals responsible for committing an unlawful act(s)…”

While this video sharing program is new in Dorchester, similar programs exist elsewhere in the country. A quick online search found programs operating in Canyon (Texas), Elmhurst (Illinois), Schaumburg (Illinois), Washington (DC), and Waterloo (Illinois).

For more information, download the Community Cam-Share information and registration form (Adobe PDF; 490 KB). Or, contact: Timothy Connolly, Captain, Boston Police District C-11, 40 Gibson Street Dorchester, MA 02122. Phone: 617-343-4330.


Zoning Board: 54 Pleasant Street Development To Proceed

According to yesterday’s Dorchester Reporter:

“The Zoning Board of Appeal approved a controversial housing project at the corner of Pleasant and Pearl streets this week, giving the go-ahead to the construction of a 17-condominium building at the site of the Scally & Trayers funeral home.

Giuseppe Arcari’s plans for 54 Pleasant Street has split residents and abutters in the area over the past year. In September, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved the project, which will put a three-story building with the 17 condos and 20 underground parking spaces on the 14,688-square-foot parcel.

At a Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning meeting, interactions were tense between civic members who had opposed the project and City Councillor Frank Baker, who joined the mayor’s office and Councillors Michelle Wu and Michael Flaherty in supporting the proposal…”

Artist rendering of approved 54 Pleasant Street

Bag-Share Program Coming To Boston

Boomerang bags logoThe Boomerang Bags Boston Sew-a-thon event will start on November 18!

Sierra Rothberg invites interested persons to participate and help spread the word. The goals are to assemble at least 250 reusable handmade bags this weekend and 1,000 bags before the New Year.

Why reusable handmade bags? Many local residents see a bag-share program as an important solution to fight pollution. The event page explains:

“The City of Boston has been debating banning single use plastic bags for over a year. Meanwhile, the streets of Boston as well as harbor, rivers, and streams drown in the 219 MILLION BAGS that are used in BOSTON each year! Only a small percentage of plastic bags used every year are recycled. One of the big concerns heard from opposition is that a bag ban would negatively affect low income residents as well as senior citizens.

WE HAVE A SOLUTION! Regardless of how the City votes on passing an ordinance, habits and practices need to change. We are launching the first BAG SHARE in Boston this Spring. The idea is that fabric, resources, space, time and people-power will be donated to create reusable cloth bags. These bags will be displayed at stores and people can take one from the box, use one or more and return it.”

A variety of activities are underway. To learn more about ways to participate, visit the local Dorchester event page, or visit the Boomerang Bags website.