Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Comment Period for Summer St and Melcher St Projects Extended

The BRA is extending the comment period for both the 316-322 Summer St. and the 49-63 Melcher St. projects by 15 days; the new deadlines are April 10th and 11th (respectively). This gives residents more time to send in their comments; please take the time to do so. Comments will be read and do make a difference. The extension is in response to community feedback at the neighborhood meetings as well as a meeting FPNA and other neighborhood groups had with John Palmieri, the new director of the BRA, last Thursday. See the Globe article below with coverage of this.

Comments can be sent to the project manager:

316-322 Summer St.
Jay Rourke, BRA Project Manager

49-63 Melcher St.
Kristin Kara, BRA Project Manager

City is focused on Fort Point area
Public fund may be used to encourage homes for artists

By Thomas C. Palmer Jr., Globe Staff | March 26, 2008

Distressed that an ailing housing market is undermining development of a vibrant mixed-use community of residences and businesses in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood, Boston officials yesterday vowed to try to do something about it - possibly even putting money into residential projects.

The city might use money from its affordable housing fund - contributed to by past developers - to encourage construction of housing that would accommodate resident artists, according to Boston Redevelopment Authority director John Palmieri.

Palmieri met with a group of concerned residents and artists from the area last week about the lack of housing. "They made some very strong points, to put it mildly," he said.
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