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Armenian Park Delay by BRA Discussed at NEWRA Meeting

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A scheduled presentation on the Armenian Heritage Park by Architect Don Tallelian did not happen at this week’s NEWRA meeting because the Boston Redevelopment Authority requested it be delayed pending its own review.

Despite the lack of a formal presentation, an update was provided by Victor Brogna who is co-chair of NEWRA’s zoning committee. The project still has widespread support to move forward on Parcel 13, at the corner of Atlantic & Cross Streets. Brogna reviewed the scheme of the moving pieces of the memorial park that will create a unique park. The memorial is for the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Cultural organizations have raised nearly $5 million to fund the entire project without public funds.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) has been stalling the project under the guise of an ongoing review. Residents communicated increasing anger with the continued delay and NEWRA will send a letter to the BRA requesting an expedited review.

Pending these city decisions, construction could begin this Fall with a dedication next year.