The chilly weather on the last Wednesday of May didn’t keep the huge crowd that attended the Mayor’s 2017 Coffee Hour away from free Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and munchkins. Along with coffee and treats, free plants and a raffle for Dunkin’ Donuts were available. After Eliot School children sang a good morning song and a sizable amount of North End / Waterfront residents, politicians, and protestors arrived, the Mayor began his speech. The Mayor introduced officials from Transportation, Public Works, Boston Police, and more so that attendees could ask the officials questions if need be.
Mayor Walsh addressed the growing number of concerns with the amount of construction going on in the North End / Waterfront area. The Mayor reminded the attendees about the North End Construction Update Meeting on Thursday, June 15th at 6 PM in the Nazzaro Center.
Mayor Walsh brought up some of the investments regarding Capital Projects.
- Paul Revere Mall receiving $2 Million upgrade
- North Square $2.5 Million redesign
- $100,000 investment to examine Nazzaro Center to determine optimal spot for the community center
- Eliot School $23 Million investment in old North Bennet Street School location.
- $40 Million investment in 585 Commercial Street Eliot Expansion
City Councilors Sal LaMattina and Annissa Essaibi George spoke after Mayor Walsh. LaMattina thanked the North end for the support over all of the years. After a brief interruption by a protestor from the Safe Harbor group for Boston housing, George introduced herself for residents to come speak with her after the program. Once the speaking portion of the Coffee Hour ended, Mayor Walsh spent some time meeting residents along with talking with the Safe Harbor group.
Mayor Marty Walsh addresses Coffee Hour attendees
Mayor Marty Walsh speaks with the Safe Harbor protestors