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Mayor’s Column: Investing in the North End

By Mayor Martin J. Walsh

This month, I am proud to put forth a budget for the City of Boston that will make Boston a better place to work, live, and raise a family. At City Hall, we’ve created a plan for our City that will keep Boston financially sound, while making targeted investments towards achieving a thriving, healthy and innovative Boston. Boston’s operating budget totals $3.14 billion, which represents an increase of $143.7 million (or about five percent) over last year’s budget.

What does this mean for you, your friends and family? When we proposed the City’s budget, we did so knowing many in our City rely on the services we provide, whether it’s senior luncheons, homebuying workshops, recovery services or after-school programs for kids. We also funded projects to enhance our culture and identity such as increasing library services in neighborhoods and the Boston’s Artist in Residence program, which brings art to unexpected corners throughout Boston. Our budget continues to invest in Boston’s strongest asset: our people.

The City’s budget is big — that’s why I want to explain how it will affect your neighborhood.

Over the next two years, we’re working on finishing up the Eliot School construction projects. A new $23 million North Bennet Street building will welcome its first classes of 5th to 8th graders this fall to their new 21st century learning environment. The final phase of construction begins this summer at the Commercial Street building. Additional classrooms to support the Eliot School’s expansion as a K-8 school will be supported by the $24.6 million multi-year 585 Commercial Street project.

The North End is home to some of the most beautiful and historic parks in the City, so we’re investing $1.9 million to keep the historic Paul Revere Mall (Prado) a welcoming and exciting place for residents and visitors alike. Site furnishings, pathways, landscaping and utilities will all be updated or added. The gorgeous fountain and monument will also be restored to their former glory.

North Square is getting a $2.5 million redesign. The key junction of North Street, Sun Court, Moon Street, Garden Court and Prince Street will be redesigned, and will include some new public art to brighten up and modernize the area while keeping it’s old-world charm. $1.4 million is allocated for fiscal year 2018 for the reconstruction. The Christopher Columbus Park is also due for a $260,000 investment in the coming years.

Finally, we’re investing $100,000 in the North End Community Center. The funds will be used to develop a building program and assess siting options for the design and construction of a brand new community center.

It’s our goal that our local improvements tie in to our ultimate goal of improving the safety, accessibility and sustainability of our city while also making it an enjoyable and affordable place to live and work. The short and long term investments are intended to lift up our neighborhoods in ways that take into account the needs and wants of the community. With this budget, we’re preparing our city for the next year, and the years forward.

What’s the next step for the budget? This month, I submitted the City of Boston’s budget to the Boston City Council, where your City Councilor will review the proposed budget. Once the budget is approved, it will go into effect. This is the budget for fiscal year 2018, meaning the budget will take effect in July 2017, and run throughout the next 12 months.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look through the budget proposal, online at budget.boston.gov. Together, I look forward to investing in our neighborhoods, and our people.

Cover photo: Mayor Walsh speaks at the 2017 Taste of the North End (NEWF photo)

10 Replies to “Mayor’s Column: Investing in the North End

  1. It’s good to see that there is a focus on the big picture, but feel we’re loosing site of the day to day needs of the neighborhood. Many of our streets are long over due for repaving. Each year public works comes and takes down trees that line our streets and don’t replace. Has anyone suggested they use the asphalt they’re covering tree stumps with to fix the roads and to replant trees?

  2. Has been a very long time that Cooper st needed a resurfacimg .it is. A secondary main road out of the n end and os very bad
    There have been sevral sink holes and new street opening by contractors ,for new buildings ect. With very pour in fillimgs amd rough resurfacing , who os inspecting these permting jobs?

  3. Investing in the north end? How by giving us a bike path that turned commercial street into a disaster? What about the fact that there’s construction everywhere in the neighborhood and between that and street cleaning there are no parking spots to be found. The north end is a money pit for the city of Boston. We bring in more money than almost any other neighborhood ans get nothing in return besides a trash day taken away

  4. Stacy, you are so right, it is frigtening & oh, so very true. Far too much construction going on. Roof decks
    have always been a problem & they are still going up, with a very few exceptions. The name of the game is
    Money, which we all know is the root of all evil. Strength is in numbers, and unfortunately the No. End
    Residents do not stick together like Beacon Hill or Charlestown & that is why we are where we are today.
    If you walk down certain sections of Hanover St. you have to hope & pray you don’t get hit with something
    that just happens to be coming from a rooftop & this is during the day. This City is on an all time Greedy High &
    will get worse, unless of course, there is resistance, serious resistance.

  5. We have the NEWRA and NEWNC who gather to discuss problems and have been able to work through many of them. What else can we do? Fill the Prado with residents and bring our complaints?

    1. Heather, I think I have been in this neighborhood a lot longer than you., and you have a lot of sarcasm that
      goes along with your comments. No, you don’t fill the Prado with residents. You go out City Hall &
      Protest & it worked for 585 Commercial St. when the buyer wanted to go up 85 Feet & it didn’t happen, did it?
      NEWRA & NEWNC can make all the suggestions they want the bottom line is if the City can cash in on any
      of these projects they will. Protesting outside of City Hall is much more effective. These are the Facts like or not.

  6. Your comment was troubling and made me feel bad. Sarcastic? I don’t think so. Please do not criticize other ‘commentors.’ You seem to be bothered when I have something to say. Just stop.

  7. Heather I am not the only one bothered by you, I am the only one expressing it. I always say what is on my mind
    & I am certainly not going to stop now. Fill the Prado up with Residents. Give me a break.

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