Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Shadows On Our Parks

updated 4.26.17: Home rule petition passes 10-3 with Councilors Jackson and Zakim, and Council President Wu against. 

updated 4.25.17: The home rule petition, docket #0566, is on Wednesday, April 26th City Council agenda for approval. Please contact City Councilors FlahertyLinehan, Pressley, Essaibi-George and Council President Wu with your opinion on this amendment to the State shadow laws.

Mayor Marty Walsh has filed a Home Rule petition with the City Council to amend the two State shadow laws that protect the Boston Common and Boston Garden in order to allow the Winthrop Square tower to be developed.

The hearing for the Winthrop Square Home Rule Petition is scheduled for: 

Monday, April 24, 2017
1:30 pm
Boston City Hall, 5th Floor, Ianella Chamber

The proposed Winthrop Square development while replacing a former downtown parking garage with a more active mixed use building violates State laws protecting the parks' sunlight and sets a precedent that encourages exchanging a one-time infusion of funds for an exemption that creates a blueprint for future developers and permanent negative impacts on the parks. 

Voice you opinion by attending the hearing, submitting City Council Testimony and contacting Councilor Linehan, Councilor FlahertyCity Council President Wu Representative Nick Collins and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. If you are unable to attend the hearing, watch live online

originally published 4.24.17

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