General Meeting: Monday, September 11

The next CSHCA General Meeting will be on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Meeting agenda:

Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Police Report

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1) Update: Introduction of new executive board for 2017-2018 association and our new webmaster
2) 410 Savin Hill Avenue- Neighborhood initiative on City owned green space- David Cotter will provide update and clarify the work of Boston Food Forest Coalition tasked with evaluating usage for space
3) September 14th Community meeting on a Medical Marijuana dispensary to be operated by Natural Selections is seeking space on Clapp Street (off Boston St).  Meeting will be at 6:30 pm at the Plumbers Hall, 1240 Mass Ave
4)Approval for a new Committee: Imagine Savin Hill 2030 to coincide with the City’s initiative

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Speakers:
Tito Jackson: Current City Councilor and Mayoral candidate will share his accomplishments and his agenda for our City if elected the City’s next mayor. Current Mayor Walsh has been extended an invitation to our meeting as well.

Reminder: there will be a preliminary municipal election on Tuesday, September 26th from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

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Need a vote to approve our association as an recognized 501(c)(4). Costs to be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as such is $400.

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FYI:
1) Bike & Brew Fest: Tuesday Sept. 13th 7-9:30 pm. West Plaza Peabody Square to showcase continued efforts in the growing cycling community and Dorchester’s brewery scene.
2) UMass Boston Building Authority issued an RFI for redevelopment of the Bayside Property
3) Update on our application for a Savin Hill Main Streets

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Planning Committee:
Chair: Eileen Fenton
1) 89 Savin Hill Ave: 6:00 pm Abutters Meeting on Sept. 21 at property to discuss extending living space to basement
2) 99 Savin Hill Ave – Vote to ask for a deferral for ZBA hearing on 9/13.  Relief is asking to open a Vet
3) 110 Savin Hill Ave / Sydney Street- Vote and presentation from owner James Bakers and RODE Architects for proposal on both a commercial and residential build
4) 233 Hancock St – Informational only – 6pm Meeting on Sept. 18 at First Parish Church to receive feedback on a 36 residential unit with ground floor retail and 22 parking spaces.
5) 92 Auckland Street – Informational only – potential Article 85 / Demolition delay to raze existing structure.

TUESDAY’S PLANNING MEETING AGENDA
(subject to change)
a) 951-957 Dorchester Ave – Sale and Development of 951-957 Dorchester Ave (Current Dorchester Market & Tom English’s Pub)
b) 12 Carson Street – Conversion of single family home to a 3-unit condominium complex with parking.

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Old Business
New Business
50/50 raffle

Meeting Adjourned

Abutters Meeting: 99 – 103 Savin Hill Ave

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 99-103 Savin Hill Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to change the occupancy to “Veterinary Clinic.”

Where:            On-Site, 99-103 Savin Hill Ave
When:             Wednesday, September 6th
Time:              6:00 pm

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

David Cotter
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
Phone: 617-635-4819

Abutters Meeting: 89 Savin Hill Ave

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, along with the proponents of 89 Savin Hill Ave, invites surrounding neighbors of this address to a meeting to discuss a proposal to extend living space into the basement. Meeting time and location:

Where:            On-Site, 89 Savin Hill Ave
When:             Wednesday, September 6th
Time:              6:30 pm

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

David Cotter
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services
Phone: 617-635-4819

54 Pleasant Street Development Project: Deadline For Comments Is August 11

Image of proposed development at 54 Pleasant Street

The last neighborhood meeting about the 54 Pleasant Street development project was held on August 1st. According to the Dorchester Reporter:

“The development team offered two stark choices… saying the neighbors could get on board with a well-designed set of 17 condominium units or be left with a blocky set of nine rental units with above-ground parking. At a well-attended meeting hosted by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), neighbors expressed their discontent with the scope of the development and potential impacts on traffic and safety in the area…”

The proposed new condominium building would replace the existing Scally & Trayers Funeral Home at 54 Pleasant Street. Also:

“Attendees asked for alternatives to the underground parking in trade for a smaller unit count. Eileen Boyle of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association proposed nine units, but over a floor of above-ground parking to maintain the building’s shape… Sonia Kaszuba, who lives on Pearl Street, started a neighborhood petition to get the units reduced. In conversations with abutters, some were vehemently opposed to anything above six units, with others okay with a dozen. They split the difference and have been asking for nine.”

“[BPDA project manager John] Campbell dismissed the idea of the petition, which had gathered 85 signatories by Aug. 1. “Petitions don’t count for anything at all,” he said, asking instead that people submit comments to him via website, email, or mail. A public comment period on the proposal is open until Aug. 11…”

Residents and the BPDA clashed about zoning because the proposed development:

“… has a floor area ratio of 1.53, which [Pearl Street resident Mel] Parker pointed out is more than three times the ratio allowed by zoning… The higher the ratio, the more dense the development… BPDA project manager John Campbell, who was moderating the meeting, quickly reacted to Parker’s statements. “Do you realize how outdated that is?” he asked. “You’re talking about a 50-year-old zoning code… the zoning code is being changed neighborhood by neighborhood, and that’s what the Zoning Board of Appeals is for…”

Reportedly, several residents were shocked by that response, since current zoning law is the law.

Interested residents can view preliminary project documents and submit comments at the BPDA site, and join the 54 Pleasant Street Abutters group on Facebook.

Next Meeting: 54 Pleasant Street Development Project

The next neighborhood meeting about the proposed 17-unit condo development project at 54 Pleasant Street will be:

Date: Tuesday, August 1
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: McLaughlin Center / Boys & Girls Club, 1135 Dorchester Ave

A prior neighborhood meeting was held on July 22. To learn more about this project, attend this upcoming meeting. Spread the word or join the 54 Pleasant Street Abutters group on Facebook.

Neighborhood Meeting About Proposed Development At 54 Pleasant Street

There will be a neighborhood meeting about the proposed 17-unit condo development project at 54 Pleasant Street:

Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Christ The Rock Church, 48 Pleasant Street

A group of concerned neighbors met on February 4, 2017 to discuss this project, which would replace the existing Scally-Trayers Funeral Home. The group consensus was that the 17-unit project was, “too large and excessive for this property, and poses a significant impact upon density (a/k/a “cramming”)… Sentiments were shared with the developer Joey Arcari and with the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association at multiple Planning Committee Meetings, whose board members agree there is a definite validity to all of these concerns…”

To learn more about the project, please attend this neighborhood meeting. According to the flyer, Councilor Baker will attend this meeting:

“The Planning Board, Mayor’s Office, and Councilor Frank Baker have explicitly said they are looking to hear from the neighborhood before deciding upon their final position, either for or against this project”

Spread the word or join the 54 Pleasant Street Abutters group on Facebook. If you are unable to attend the meeting and support a reduced scale development project, then sign the online petition.

Meeting Tonight For 102-110 Savin Hill Ave Development Project

There will be a meeting this evening regarding the development of the property at 102-110 Savin Hill Avenue. The meeting is scheduled for this evening (June 29) from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Cristo Rey School.

Carbonell Consulting, a member of the project team, sent the e-mail notice below:

“Dear neighbors:

Thank you for your continued interest in the 102-110 Savin Hill Ave development project. After a very busy stretch of doing our own early public outreach and community engagement in the form of civic association meetings, hundreds of surveys completed, online comments shared on coUrbanize, email updates and social media postings, we are about to begin the City of Boston’s formal development review process with the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s initial public meeting.

The initial BPDA meeting will be held:
* this Thurs, 6/29, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
* Cristo Rey School, 100 Savin Hill Ave (thank you again to Cristo Rey for hosting)
BPDA website for the project

We wanted to make sure you knew about it, hope you will be able to attend and would greatly appreciate your support for this project to become the “heartbeat of Savin Hill.”  We hope to see you this Thursday evening!

Thank you,
The 102-110 Savin Hill Ave project team”

Tom English Bar And Dot Market To Change Ownership

According to The Dorchester Reporter on June 14:

“Tom English’s bar and the adjacent Dorchester Market— two longtime businesses on a prominent Dot Ave corner in Columbia-Savin Hill— are under agreement to be sold this summer with the next owner eyeing a mixed-use project for the site. The buyer is Adam Sarbaugh of Cornerstone Real Estate, who discussed his plans with the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association’s planning committee on Tuesday evening.

Sarbaugh will purchase 951-959A Dorchester Avenue, a roughly 11,500 square foot parcel including the bar, the Dorchester Market, and a lot in between. Discussions started “a few weeks ago,” said attorney Joseph Hanley of McDermott Quilty Miller, who is representing Sarbaugh.”

Read the rest of the news story.

Morrissey Boulevard Redesign Meeting Today

This evening at 6:30 pm will be the Public Meeting #3 for the reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard The meeting will be held at the Leahy Holloran Community Center.

The Department of Conservation & Recreation announced:

“PUBLIC MEETING #3
Morrissey Boulevard Redesign for Reconstruction
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Leahy Holloran Community Center

1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA 02122

At this public meeting, DCR will present, and obtain feedback on, 25% design plans for reconstruction of Morrissey Boulevard. These plans will address the full length of the project. The presentation will be viewable after the meeting on DCR’s website at

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings/. The public will be invited to submit comments after the public meeting, with a deadline for receipt by DCR of of Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Comments may be submitted online at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/submit-public-comments/ or by writing to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.”