We would like to invite all residents who live within the Andrew Square Civic Association boundaries to become members.
To all existing members; we look forward to another year of community engagement with your devotement and support. Thank You!
Andrew Square Civic Association
"We care, about the Square"
As South Boston changes, we would like to welcome all our new residents. We look forward to working together to embrace coming changes, yet maintain the close-knit ties that make our community unique. Come join us in building a better neighborhood.
Boston is #1 in the entire country in rat sighting reports!
Please visit our Trash & Rodent Control page for info and tips!
Mayor Michelle Wu's Enchanted Trolley Tour
For the 26th year, the Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour will continue the festive tradition of lighting holiday trees while bringing holiday spirit to children across Boston. The event is sponsored by Bank of America, and includes visits with Santa, tree lightings, and more.
“ASCA Holiday Party”
ASCA IMPORTANT JUNE MEETING
Members and friends of ASCA – We have two very important agenda items:
*MBTA: discussion on crime, public safety and other issues at Andrew Station.
* EVERSOURCE: update us on the Dewar St. project that impacts the Ellery St. substation.
Is it safe for our neighbors? Why were trees removed due to safety?
How can Eversource make up for the egregious tree loss in Andrew Square?
If time allows, we will recap June 13th Public Safety meeting and other updates.
Public Safety meeting can be viewed on “YOUTUBE South Boston Beat” (community public safety meeting).
Your input and participation is important. Hope to see you on the 27th!!!
ASCA Raises Concerns at Andrew Station - Please see the MBTA Response in red
To: MBTA Leadership
Steve Poftak, MBTA General Manager
Chief Kenneth Green, MBTA Transit Police
Victoria Ireton, MBTA Public Engagement
Terrie Chan, MBTA Public Engagement
FROM: Andrew Square Civic Association
RE: Andrew Station T Public Transportation Safety and Law Enforcement
DATE: May 5th, 2022
On behalf of the Andrew Square Civic Association, we want to first highlight our gratitude to the MBTA for such an accessible public transportation system here in Andrew Square. Thank you for all the hard work behind the scenes to offer folks great options to travel around Boston with ease. For all the things that go right every day on the T, we are thankful.
With that said, we would like to raise some pressing concerns and ask for your support in providing definitive feedback, plans for resolution, and a commitment to accountability for a more secure public transportation experience at the Andrew Station T and throughout Boston.
As you know, crime has become a rampant problem in and around the T and especially here in Andrew Square. This has ranged from youth antics, gaining control of communication systems at Andrew Station and yelling obscenities, armed robberies, random acts of violence and assault, and widespread illegal drug usage activities.
This has all occurred within the past few months and captures a narrow snapshot of the everyday reality here.
The Andrew Station T is extremely unsafe and is being observed/perceived as such by our community. Describing the Andrew Station T as a “no-go zone,” especially during certain times of day, is an accurate representation of public sentiment. Many people in our neighborhood have simply stopped using the T.
This is especially concerning considering the PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue Planning Initiative, which presumes heavy if not exclusive use of the T. As you know, developments along this corridor benefit from specialized BPDA code requirements significantly decreasing or eliminating parking within/around structures. With giant developments in progress or on the horizon within walking distance to the Andrew Station T, we can expect a significantly larger volume of public transportation riders in this area. The fact that the Andrew Station T is so unsafe undermines all assumptions for transportation in the plan. This cannot be tolerated.
To begin the dialogue, we would like a response to the following:
1. What cameras/call buttons/opportunities to contact the police and MBTA personnel are available at the Andrew Station T?
The MBTA encourages our riders to report any incidents that they may see. Please call the customer support line at 617-222-3200 or send in an electronic comment via mbta.com/customer-support. If the incident should demand the attention of the Transit Police, then we encourage riders to download the See Say application, which is available for iPhone and Android users, to report incidents to the Transit Police.
2. Are all of the abovementioned communication/security devices in operating order? Please confirm yes or no, and if no, please provide the location of all non-operational devices along with a plan and date for resolution.
All cameras and call buttons are operational to our knowledge.
3. Is someone at the MBTA actively monitoring camera content at all times the T is in operation?
Yes, Transit Police monitors the public safety cameras 24/7 to ensure safety for our riders.
4. When can we expect MBTA Police Officers to be on site at the Andrew Station T? Could you submit a schedule and number of units/officers?
Transit Police dedicates substantial resources to Andrew T Station based on a comprehensive analysis of reported crimes, Boston Public School dismissal times and other intelligence that we gather from our law enforcement matters. As a matter of operational sensitivity, we do not release the schedule, times and number of officers located at any station for security reasons.
5. Where will MBTA Police Officers be posted? Will any officers be patrolling the platform?
The officers will conduct directed patrols at which they would check the entire station that includes platforms. Furthermore, Transit Police utilize a variety of strategies to ensure public safety. One of the strategies Transit Police utilizes is predictive policing which is the utilization of various data that can guide the deployment of officers and identify areas where crime is more likely to occur.
Given the limited resources of the department and the vast jurisdiction of transit police, it is difficult for TPD to be located at every station for patrol throughout the service day. However, given the unique proximity of Andrew station to TPD headquarters, the community can expect a rapid response in case of emergency.
6. There is a crowd control issue with rowdy passengers taking the bus and train during certain hours, can the MBTA respond with a plan for providing a safe, accessible, and clear path for all riders to enter Andrew Station?
Can you please provide further clarification on this issue? We will need more details including dates and times to better answer this question. The MBTA is happy to provide follow up to this question and would like to gain a better understanding.
7. Lastly, how do you plan to improve upon the enforcement of the law in and around the T? What type of crimes would trigger an arrest?
The Transit Police are ardent practitioners of Community Policing standards that are set forth by the community. We work closely with our local police partners to ensure safety.
Thank you for your priority and attention to these matters. We would like to emphasize our support and partnership in resolving these issues with you.
Lydia Hamilton Polaski, ASCA Liaison to the MBTA
South Boston Elected Officials
Linda Zablocki, ASCA President
Pattie McCormick, ASCA Vice-President
ASCA is working towards a healthy and safe neighborhood!
We invite you to attend our next meeting, as we will have representatives from Eversource in attendance.
Discussion to include tree removal, upgrades, and safety at the substation on Ellery Street.
Read more about the Dewar St. Project to Ellery St. - "Eversource Upgrades” Link provided.
Planter Cleanup In The Square ! - 10/6/22
Crews from Cityscape perform groundskeeping - gardening activities.
Thank you 'On The Dot' (Core Investments Inc.) for making this possible !
ASCA was honored to be part of Harvard University’s Global Day of Service
Grateful to Anna White, Mayor’s Office ONS and Joseph Okafor, Mayor’s Office of Civic Organizing for including us in this initiative AND “caring about the square”!
Pictured are Harvard students who participated in the neighborhood clean-up.
Thank you Andrew Square superstars Mary, Finnbar, Declan, Greg, Justin, Gerry, Linda, Craig, Todd and Scott who showed up at our July 11th clean-up. Next one: Monday, August 1st at 6:00 p.m. Meet at the Mullen Flagpole. “Be there, or be square”!!!
***Development Committee Web Portal***
Developers: Please use this online portal to submit your Andrew Square Development Proposal. (Portal link below)
Before you may submit your completed RFI, you must read and acknowledge the ASCA Mission Statement on Development.
Proposed plans should adhere to ASCA Mission Statement on Development – which was tailored to address quality of life issues, address City of Boston’s housing/climate concerns, while protecting our core neighborhood from becoming a transient neighborhood.
170 Old Colony Ave. (15 Earl St.) Development Proposal
DEMOLISH EXISTING STRUCTURE AND ERECT NEW 4 STORY, 4-UNIT BUILDING W/GARAGE AND FRONT BALCONIES
Zoning Board of Appeal
37 Jenkins Street Development Proposal
Change use from a single family to a two family. Proposed additions and renovate, as per plans.
Zoning Board of Appeal
54-60 Rogers Street Development Proposal
Convert existing 2 story - 2 family to 4 Townhouse Units
Zoning Board of Appeal
48 Ellery Street Development Proposal
Combine two lots - Raze existing building - erect a new 14 unit, 6-story multifamily building with residential lobby, 7 parking spaces.
Additional Proposals & Development News
Boston's new voting districts, distinguished by color and corresponding number, were quietly approved by Mayor Michelle Wu on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022.
"The map, authorized via a 9-4 vote at last week’s City Council meeting"
Update from Mayor Michelle Wu
City Council President Ed Flynn
City Councilor Michael Flaherty
City Councilor, At-Large Erin Murphy
City Councilor Frank Baker
City Councilor, At-Large Ruthzee Louijeune
City Councilor, At-Large Julia Mejia
Update from State Senator Nick Collins
Mass. State Representative David Biele
Mayor's 'ONS' - So. Boston Liaison - Anna White
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