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From the Councilor: One Charlestown, Short-Term Rentals, Boston’s Housing Market, Annual Scholarship to Honor Maverick Street Mothers and More

March Newsletter from City Councilor Lydia Edwards:

I’m excited to provide an update on everything that’s happened in the month of March in the Boston City Council, District One, and beyond.

Earlier this month, I held my first hearing as chair on the redevelopment of One Charlestown in the Charlestown community. We had a thoughtful conversation that included BHA residents, the Boston Housing Authority, developer Corcoran Jennison, and the public. If you missed it, watch it here.

The Boston City Council held a hearing in February to discuss short-term rentals and since then there have been multiple working sessions with stakeholders and the public.

I was proud to advocate on behalf of my district and partner with Councilor Michelle Wu to propose an amendment to the Mayor’s ordinance that would ban investor units and require those who register their home as a short-term rental to notify neighbors. See below for more information the Council sent to the Massachusetts State Legislature asking the house to preserve local control.

As chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development, I’m proud to sponsor a hearing taking place this Tuesday, April 3rd at 1:00 PM to discuss speculation in Boston’s housing market. Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and testify. Find more information here.

See below for more updates and don’t forget to stay up-to-date on all things City Council by visiting our official website. Find Council meeting minutes and agendas here.

Topics in this month’s newsletter include:

  • Planning, Development, and Transportation Committee discuss city flooding.
  • Bunker Hill housing residents sound off on One Charlestown.
  • The discussion on short-term rental regulations continues.
  • Resolution to support March for Our Lives & comprehensive action to halt the epidemic of gun violence.
  • Annual scholarship honoring Maverick Street Mothers.
  • Local art submissions for City Hall.

Read more about these topics and see upcoming community meetings in the full newsletter.