Community Reports from Residents Association; Greenway BID Vote Discussion

The North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) held their February 2018 meeting starting with a series of reports and community updates. Here is a summary to follow along with the video posted above.

(00:00 in video) President’s Welcome – Mary McGee

Parks Committee Report – Robyn Reed

(01:50) Langone Park / Puopolo Fields renovations – report from the recent public meeting where three concepts were revealed. See the post with concept renderings and take part in our poll to vote for your favorite.

(03:10) Concern regarding healthy trees being cut down on Hanover Street

(03:50) “Tunnel of Love” Valentine’s Day celebration at Christopher Columbus Park. See our listing of local Valentine’s Day events.

(04:10) Greenway Conservancy request for support of new Business Improvement District

NEWRA Parks Committee Chair Robyn Reed presented a draft letter to the Boston City Council in support of a proposed tax on property owners with over $10 million of assessed value around the Greenway district. The Greenway Conservancy’s BID comes as part of an agreement that was reached with the State last summer. [See Greenway Deal Establishes New Public-Private Funding Arrangement]  Proceeds would go toward funding of the Greenway Conservancy and its work in maintaining the parks. Residential and condo buildings would be exempt from the BID tax. NEWRA members asked questions with some voicing opposition to the proposed BID concept. Without details available, NEWRA deferred taking a vote on whether to support the BID.

(20:30) Zoning, Licensing & Construction Committee – Victor Brogna

Going Bananas on Salem Street has inquired with the ZLC Committee regarding zoning relief for a future package / liquor store.

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