It has been relatively quiet since the dramatic October 2018 community meeting highlighting the discourse of establishing a new community center and the future of the existing Nazzaro Center. At its January 2019 meeting, the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) took up the discussion as part of an upcoming letter to communicate their priorities for a new community center. Leading the discussion was NEWRA member, David Kubiak, who drafted a letter on behalf of the organization to city and state officials.
In addition to more transparency, NEWRA wants the City to look at more than the three, short-listed sites (1. Near Mirabella Pool, 2. Sargent’s Wharf and 3. Nazzaro Center expansion). In particular, NEWRA would like the city to study the Fulton Street parking lot, owned by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA, formerly the BRA).
The group supports Landmarks designation for the existing Nazzaro Center and is opposed to the sale or demolition of the existing structure. NEWRA also wants to keep the abutting Puopolo Playground as public open space.
Using a new site for a second “annex” building to the current Nazzaro was suggested, potentially to house athletic facilities while renovating the existing Nazzaro for senior and community functions.
View the video above for the full discussion at NEWRA. The group will be releasing its final letter after revisions from the meeting discussion.