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PLAN: Charlestown Virtual Office Hours - Shared screen with speaker view
Marianne Gibbons
What exactly does the "overlay" district mean? What are the streets that border it?
Ted Schwartzberg (BPDA)
Marianne, a detailed map of the Design Overlay District is available at this link: http://www.bostonplans.org/getattachment/3bab2e31-6a74-4eea-aba6-8c0205cbc803/
Raul Duverge
To be precise, the developer of the 201 Rutherford Avenue project ( also known as Bunker Hill Mall) is proposing approximately 240 housing units
Sheila Puffer
I’m new to Charlestown. what is the status of the redevelopment of the public housing on Medford Street? I’m concerned about the waste if the buildings are torn down. can the brick exteriors be preserved to avoid construction waste and contributing negatively to climate change. to climate .
Dan Jaffe
What is the status of the Sprouts Garden, Diversified was tasked to clean things up and their was plans to redo things
What is the status of Comm path on the rail link?
Brian Beisel
The aerial on the cover page for the presentation makes it very evident how much industrial land there is surrounding and compared to the amount of land of Charlestown 'proper'. west of Rutherford Ave, northeast of Sullivan, and east of Medford St. has a lot of potential without impacting historic areas
Raul Duverge
For more information on the 201 Rutherford Avenue project (also referred to by many stakeholders as the Bunker Hill Mall), please visit the BPDA’s project specific website. The website link is as follows: http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/201-rutherford-avenue
Sheila Puffer
I didn’t mean reusing the bricks. I meant keeping the brick shells. the buildings are a nice human scale.
joanne massaro
Urban Island Effect disproportionately impacts different neighborhoods, among which resident populations may not have an equitable amount of resources to mitigate heat. Given these neighborhoods are also predominantly communities of color how can we insure that we protect the mature tree canopies throughout the bunker hill projects? It sounds like there will be a large percentage of mature trees removed in this process? can you pls clarify how many trees exist currently and how many are slated for destruction?
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
@Sheila Puffer: Here is a link to the upcoming community for the Bunker Hill Redevelopment, http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/bunker-hill-housing-redevelopment?utm_source=Neighborhoods&utm_campaign=4f2489d75d-Bunker_Hill_Housing_Public_Meeting_8_26_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bccda74844-4f2489d75d-274988537&mc_cid=4f2489d75d&mc_eid=c4a96e41f0
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
Upcoming community meeting** (I meant to say :))
Ted Schwartzberg (BPDA)
FYI, this is the book I was holding up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Image_of_the_City
Raul Duverge
@Sheila, thank you for clarifying. The current proposal is for the complete demolition of the existing buildings and new construction. It is certainly something that we can discuss with the development team nonetheless. We will be holding our first virtual public meeting on the project on 9/9/20 @ 6 pm so that may be a good forum to further discuss. Jason was kind enough to include the link to the meeting details.
Joe Deroeve
I have a question, not sure how exactly it qualifies here or not. if there have been recent residential approvals for changing historical LDA’s. Can we ensure that the surrounding LDA’s of the exact same language are also updated to match the newly approved language? thank you.
Sheila Puffer
thank you, Raul.
Michael Parker
Sheila Puffer
The community gardens around the Little Mystic are a mess. What are the plans for it please? The Boston Nature Center’s gardens are spectacular.
Philip Marcotty
Can the master plan require electric vehicle charging points at light poles up and down the major streets?
Meghan Richard (BPDA)
@Joanne Massaro: Thank you. Our Senior Landscape Architect is also part of the team reviewing that project, and I will certainly share your concerns with her.
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
chris.breen@boston.gov (BPDA contact for Urban Renewal Questions or Comments)
Raul Duverge
@Joanne, great to see and hear from you. To piggyback on Meghan’s answer, the development team states that there are over 200 trees located throughout the existing BHA Bunker Hill site. They expect that they will need to remove many of them in order to redevelop the site but intend to plant over 475 trees throughout the site.
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
All: We are approaching our time here on Zoom. Please take note of my email address and be sure to reach out to me if you have any further questions or thoughts!
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter via this link, http://www.bostonplans.org/projects/development-projects/bunker-hill-housing-redevelopment?utm_source=Neighborhoods&utm_campaign=4f2489d75d-Bunker_Hill_Housing_Public_Meeting_8_26_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bccda74844-4f2489d75d-274988537&mc_cid=4f2489d75d&mc_eid=c4a96e41f0
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
Coorection***. Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter via this link http://www.bostonplans.org/planning/planning-initiatives/plan-charlestown
Dan Jaffe
Need update on Community pathway on rails
JoAnn Grigoli
Will mature trees be replaced with ones that are of comparable size? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/08/24/climate/racism-redlining-cities-global-warming.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200824&instance_id=21556&nl=the-morning&regi_id=15127860&section_index=2&section_name=three_more_big_stories&segment_id=36808&te=1&user_id=5d37bea5b00995d2c209bd5254f255d8
Dan Jaffe
When will we see drawings
IntiyA Isaza-Figueroa
Sorry I joined very late! I may have missed this at the beginning, but did the Advisory Group get selected and who is on it? Thanks!
Philip Marcotty
Can the master plan require electric vehicle charging points at light poles up and down the major streets?
Raul Duverge
@JoAnn, good question. The developer is proposing to plant a variety of trees of varying species, age, size, and character, new trees will be similarly varied.
Ted Schwartzberg (BPDA)
Phillip, this may interest you: http://www.bostonplans.org/planning/planning-initiatives/boston-smart-utilities-project
Jason Ruggiero (BPDA)
Dan Jaffe
Good dialog!
Ted Schwartzberg (BPDA)
Thank you Dan, it was great to “see” you again
Raul Duverge
@JoAnn G., please be sure to attend our planned virtual public meeting regarding the Bunker Hill Housing Redevelopment on 9/9/20.
IntiyA Isaza-Figueroa
thanks, Raul!