NUBE Letter to BRA on Hodge Boiler Works site

Publication Date:March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

Erico Lopez
Project Assistant
Boston Redevelopment Authority
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201

Dear Mr. Lopez:

Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE), is a multi-ethnic, member-led organization working with a diverse group of East Boston residents that directly organize to hold public institutions accountable through grassroots organizing. It is an organization for low-income people, people of color, immigrants and allies that uses issue and electoral organizing on working towards our mission to build community. Our members actively participate, organize and advocate for an inclusive democratic process and just public policies.

We are writing to express our full support with the Maverick Association of Residents and their concerns regarding the proposed development at the Hodge Boiler Works site. As an organization that advocates for the inclusion of all East Boston residents, we are particularly concerned with the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s community process. Many residents who are directly impacted by the project have not received accessible information or appropriate notice of the proposed project. The many communities that do not speak English have not had the opportunity to learn about the proposal or give feedback. This is a result of the BRA’s limited outreach and failure to provide translation at the only public meeting at Maverick Landing Community Center on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.

We adamantly ask that the Boston Redevelopment Authority extend the deadline for the comment period until March 19th as Maverick Association of Residents have requested in order to allow for a more inclusive process in which all residents can be informed and provide adequate input.

We support all actions that would benefit the residents of East Boston including the enforcement of City of Boston Ordinance 5-5.3 Boston Residency Policy that provides employment opportunities to local residents. This should be enforced and monitored to ensure that the project complies with the ordinance standards. We support that priority of employment goes to Maverick Landing Residents that are directly impacted by this project.

In addition, we support the Maverick Residents’ request for renovation of LoPresti Park, a park that has not been renovated since 1983 and should be central in the revitalization of the waterfront. We also support public access to the waterfront for all East Boston residents. Developers should create a welcoming and accessible pathway that serves as an extension to the Harbor Walk and provides access to the Greenway.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter and please feel free to contact us at 617-981-4010 or gmota@nubeastboston.org for further information. 

Sincerely,

Gloribell Mota

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