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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.

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The Orange Line will shut down for a month for safety repair work, beginning August 19, 2022

The City of Boston is taking a cross-departmental approach while working closely with the MBTA, regional partners, and commuters. Our goal is to support immediate planning and ongoing monitoring of alternative shuttles and diversions. Learn more about the steps the City is taking to mitigate the impacts of the shutdown

We encourage you to join the City of Boston and the MBTA at a virtual info session on Tuesday, August 16, 7- 8:30 p.m. to learn more about the various transit alternatives that will be available during the shutdown. Register at...



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.

Sincerely,

Lydia Hamilton Polaski, ASCA Liaison to the MBTA

cc:
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.


Dear neighbors,

BOSTON - Monday, July 18, 2022 - Today, Mayor Michelle Wu declared a heat emergency in the City of Boston beginning Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21 due to the weather that is forecasted for this time period. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid to high 90s.

As part of our everyday effort to deliver reliable energy to our customers and communities, we want to let you know beginning Monday, August 1st, crews will continue work on our property at 45 Ellery Street as part of the Andrew Square to Dewar Street Reliability Project. See below for details and work hours.

Please be assured that this work will not interrupt your electric service, and all people working on this project are Eversource-approved contractors and carry proper identification.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns and I will be happy to help!

Thank you,

Leah

Leah Gymziak
Eversource Project Services

Illegal fireworks pose significant dangers to your safety !

They do not belong in our communities.

What does the Boston Parks Department say they need? More staff! For project management when parks are being renovated, for seasonal maintenance, and to organize cultural programs in parks.

On the Dot 475-511 Dorchester Ave 'DPIR Filed

Draft Project Impact Report filed on March 16 2022

BPDA comment period is currently open.

Mayor Wu Declares Heat Emergency, Opens 16 BCYF Cooling Centers To All

We hope to see you at our ASCA meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be facilitated in-person at 'Washington Village' located at 240 Old Colony Ave (corner of Old Colony Ave and Dorchester Street) and on ZOOM.

Virtual attendees please use the link below. (Registration Required)

Whether you are new to this group, or a long-time member we appreciate your participation. There’s a lot going on in the neighborhood…some good, and some not so good - and we encourage your involvement so that we can work towards a safe, healthy and vibrant neighborhood. There is much work to do!

ASCA Community Meeting

The 'On-The-Dot' team will give an update of their development proposal. Monday, April 4th, 6:00 p.m. at Washington Village – 240 Old Colony Ave, and virtually on ZOOM.

We hope to see you at our ASCA meeting on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be facilitated in-person at 'Washington Village' located at 240 Old Colony Ave. (corner of Old Colony Ave and Dorchester Street) and virtually on ZOOMIf you are joining in person, please observe any Covid-19 - City of Boston mandates.
Virtual attendees can register using the link below. (Registration Required)

“We are working hard and the space is really starting to come together. We are targeting an open date for the second week in May. We will feature our sandwiches, salads and smoothies in the deli area. We have great prepared foods and charcuterie display case. The bar is going to feature great cocktails and wine list with some interactive food items"

Boston To Offer Textile Collection Program

For more info, or to schedule a pickup, please click the links below.

Thank you to the guest speakers, elected officials, and all those in attendance!

Below are links to the meeting recap and topics. Iron Works & Moakley Park Developments

Boston Fire Department Safety Programs


Moakley Park Cleanups Begin

Park cleanups are held the fourth Saturday of every month from March through October, except May. All necessary tools, including gloves, pickers, bags, sharp containers, and safety instructions will be provided. A volunteer session is 2 hours long, beginning at 9 a.m. Registration link below.

Events

Neighborhood Cleanup

Working to unite neighbors through engagement in the clean up effort.

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”!!!

ASCA Neighborhood Cleanup

Thank you to those who attended ASCA’s monthly clean-up on June 6th.

We appreciate your efforts, Mary, Greg, Finnbar, Declan, Todd, Scott, and the folks from Core Cares.

Our next cleanup is on July 11th at 6:00 p.m.



Holiday wreaths in The 'Square'

Thank You to our community partners and 'good neighbors', the Development Teams of ; Core Investments - National Development - Samuels & Associates

Andrew Square Beautification Update

Washington Village bushes have found a new home in Dunkies planters – and the boxwoods that now frame the SBNDC parking lot on Preble Street !

We’d also like to acknowledge recent donations to our Beautification & Holiday décor initiatives:

Benefactors :

Andrew Square Developers:
Malcom Barber and Niall Dowdall
ASCA Members:
Chelsea and Kris Laliberte, Ryan Long, Dana McLaughlin and Matt Abraham, Mary O’Neill, Kathleen O’Toole and the South Boston Chippewas Club,Nancy Coyle, William Davis, B/Spoke Studios, Michaela Rudis

Some good news from our Beautification Chair, Mary Moore: Parks & Recreation will be donating 200 daffodil bulbs for Andrew Square planters! Mary, Greg, Finnbar and Declan will be looking for some folks to join them for some gardening to get them in the ground, so watch for notice and details.

As you know Washington Village has started therefore the landscaping on the corner of Dorchester Street and Old Colony Ave., that we’ve enjoyed for the last several years, had to be removed to make ready for construction.While Linda Zablocki tried valiantly and exhausted all avenues to save the Blue Spruce Trees, she was unable to do so – but we are thrilled that she was able to arrange for the relocation of all the bushes. HUGE thanks to David Pogorelc from Core Investments & Samuels & AssociatesKudos to J&J Services, for your hard work to make this happen.

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Development News

Development Committee Web Portal

Developers: Please use this online portal to submit your Andrew Square Development Proposal. (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 Statements 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.


15 Earl St. / 170 Old Colony Ave. Development Proposal

DEMOLISH EXISTING STRUCTURE AND ERECT NEW 4 STORY, 4-UNIT BUILDING W/GARAGE AND FRONT BALCONIES

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 Rogers Street Development Proposal

Convert existing 2 story - 2 family to 4 Townhouse Units


475-511 Dorchester Avenue (On the Dot)

The redevelopment of 9.1 acres of land located along Dorchester Ave. in South Boston into a multi-building, mixed-use development

323-365 Dorchester Avenue

The redevelopment 5 acres of land into a mixed-use development that will include 4 buildings totaling 1,073,000 square feet.

Mary Ellen McCormack Dev.

The redevelopment of the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing community in South Boston


Boston Plots ‘Complete Streets’ Upgrades for
Andrew Square Neighborhood

Zoning Board of Appeal

Additional Proposals & Development News


Boston Water & Sewer Commision

South Boston Sewer Separatio Project

The impacted area is from Broadway to Andrew Square and the Expressway to Telegraph Hill, the goal is to remove as much stormwater as possible from the existing combined sewer system.

Washington Village

For updates and pertinent info, please visit...


35 Woodward St. Abutters Meeting

Monday, January 10th, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m.

The ASCA board will be meeting at the ‘Washington Village’ office at 240 Old Colony Ave. If any ASCA members would like to join us in participation, the doors will be open at 5:00

Variances Required


33-39 Ward Street

212 Old Colony Ave Dev. Proposal


So. Boston Dot. Ave Transp. Plan

Our next step in the PLAN: South Boston Dorchester Avenue planning initiative is here. Our Transportation Plan is ready for recommendation to the BPDA board for adoption.

353-361 Dorchester Street

Development Proposal

Newmarket Interactive Workshops

Help us design the future of Newmarket. The PLAN: Newmarket Design Lab will be an interactive, collaborative workshop focused on creative problem-solving and human-centered design methodology. Your ideas will help shape land use recommendations, the future of employment, and jobs

Click link below to register.


37 Jenkins St. Abutters Meeting

Monday, February 7th, 2022 5:30 p.m. 37 Jenkins St.

LOCATION CHANGE !
Meeting will be held at the Washington Village Office, located at 240 Old Colony Ave. and virtually on Zoom. Click link below.

Proposal: Convert an existing 1.5 story single family with no parking, to a 4 story 2 family with 2 parking spaces.

'Iron Works' formerly Cole Hersee

10 - 80 Old Colony Ave.

National Development references the areas historical significance at their two block redevelopment in Andrew SquareThe projects moniker 'Iron Works' harkens back to the neighborhood’s rich history, and impact in the Civil War


Political Corner

Poll Workers Needed

The Elections department needs poll workers in Chinatown, Charlestown, the North End, Fenway, East Boston, Downtown, Beacon Hill, South Boston, the Seaport, the South End, and the Back Bay.

Learn more at...


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


Local Businesses

C Street Pop-Up at 'Iron Works'

C Street Pop-Up at Iron Works is a sustainably-crafted pop-up experience with an inclusive, diverse and local mix of food, drinks and shopping.

Our friends @ironworksbos have opened the C Street Retail Pop Up Village - a curated a vibrant mix of bespoke retailers you don't want to miss! The C Street Pop-Up is a one stop shop for everything local from eyewear from @solarflairoptics , food from @ebo.grocery , activewear from @pynrs_ , blooms and bubbly from @thewildoneboston , jewelry from @garciacristinastudio , art from @thisisanoriginalworkofart and @annawhithamco , gifts and goods from @ingoodcoshop , and beauty and self-care from @buttahbeauty! Whether you’re looking to pick up the perfect gift, meet up with friends for drinks, or just enjoy some outdoor summer fun,

Tatte Bakery & Cafe News !

"We are thrilled to be a part of the neighborhood and open our cafe in the middle of our bakery space. Come meet our team, enjoy our pastry and food, and sip a latte watching our talented bakers at work."

Pickleball South Boston

Located at 'Iron Works' - 20 Old Colony Ave.

"An enormous South Boston venue pairs pickleball with enviable bar snacks."

"At PKL, Boston’s newest (and only) giant pickleball venue, newbies and veterans of the badminton-like sport can have a great time running around and hitting balls, or lounging with a cocktail, or relaxing over slower-paced games of shuffleboard and cornhole — or a combination of all of these. It’s an added bonus, then, that a talented Boston chef is overseeing the food menu and showcasing the best of local sourcing, elevating bar snacks to a new level."



Cannonball Cafe

Cannonball Cafe; the latest addition to the Andrew Square scene. Stop in and try the coffee and delicacies.

Meet the bar manager getting creative at GrandTen

"I love people that tell me they hate gin because by the time they're leaving, they're drinking bee's knees and buying bottles of our gin." Story & website link below

Telegraph Hill Kitchen & Bar is open!

Located at 289 Dorchester St. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.


Fresh Boston Opening Soon

Located at 232 Old Colony Ave

Local chef honored by James Beard Foundation

Mei Mei - Coming to 'Ironworks' at 20 Old Colony Ave.


Click on a Calendar Event for Info


Online registration coming soon !

If you would like to become a member now, or renew an existing membership:

Click the link below to download the ASCA Membership application

Please fill out completely, and return to Pattie McCormick at pmccormick@bgcb.org Make check payable to: Andrew Square Civic Association

Mail to: ANDREW SQUARE CIVIC ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 455
South Boston, MA 02127

Alternatively; applications and payments will be accepted at all scheduled ASCA meetings


Neighborhood Watch & Public Safety

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Boston can rebuild its bridge to Long Island

"The Supreme Judicial Court has ruled, upholding a state decision to allow the project despite implacable opposition from the city of Quincy."

Boston Police Department

Mass & Cass Public Safety Update

“ASCA APPRECIATES ELECTED OFFICIALS CALL FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS SPIKE IN DRUG PROBLEMS AND CRIME IN ANDREW SQUARE”

"Boston ‘city-wide warrant sweep’ called for by politicians as Mass and Cass."


Boston Fire Prevention Education

Boston Police Safe Exchange Zones

Street Cleaning. Info and sign-up for street notification on COB website. Don’t get fined!

Dorchester Ave. Bridge will close for the summer.

Starting Monday, June 6th.

South Boston Public Safety Community Meeting - June 13

Sponsored By:

Council President Ed Flynn, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Councilor Frank Baker, Councilor Erin Murphy, Congressman Stephen Lynch, State Senator Nick Collins, State Representative David Biele


About Us

The ASCA has been serving the Andrew Square neighborhood for decades. This association recognizes and affirms the diversity of our neighborhood as the foundation of a healthy, vital, and dynamic community. The mission of the Andrew Square Civic Association is to improve the quality of life in our neighborhood, and serve as a forum for volunteerism, discourse, and cooperation. We work closely with residents, local businesses, and government officials to address our common issues.

ASCA Mission Statement On Development

ASCA’s goal is to address the current quality-of-life and climate change issues in our core residential neighborhood by supporting responsible development. The once industrial area of Dorchester Ave. will bring large scale mixed-use development, and this makes it vitally important that we adhere to zoning regulations in our residential area as they greatly impact our community. We are also conscious of the need to design and develop projects in ways that mitigate the impact of climate change and adapt to future environmental conditions.

WE SUPPORT:

*Maintain the modal setback, and if it has been recently changed, we must provide sidewalks large enough for multiple people to pass, baby carriages/wheelchairs to access. Wider sidewalks also allow for all the barrels on trash day AND space to bank snow in the winter. This also provides room to follow Parks & Rec guidelines in hopes of planting more trees. Second-floor overhangs, and bay windows, have been given much liberty over the past several years and should also adhere to modal set-back as they interfere with pedestrians walking experience during inclement weather. For example, if the modal setback is five feet, a project’s second-floor overhang should adhere to the five-foot setback, not the building envelope. And while our older attached buildings do not conform to required side/yard set-backs, we should not continue to follow this pattern set 75 to 100 years ago when they were built. New construction should adhere to setback guidelines for front, rear and side yards.*Provide adequate parking for a neighborhood that has seen a breaking point when it comes to insufficient parking. Strictly enforce the current ratio of 1 parking space per 1 bedroom unit, and more parking spaces if there are multiple bedrooms. We are open to considering alternative parking options, such as parking lifts, for projects to achieve the desired parking ratios.*Maintain some historical character and stability in the neighborhood by supporting BPDA/ZBA protocol on height and FAR (floor area requirements). These codes were recently update, with MUCH input from the community, and they should be respected.*Regarding open space and trash, it is imperative that projects provide open space as defined by zoning requirements. Personal space (decks/balconies) should not be included in open space calculations. Andrew Square is in a flood zone. We need open/green areas to address: climate change, resiliency and flooding that is already occurring in our neighborhood. Open space is also important to curb dogs, for trash/recycling bins (unless there is plenty of room for these inside a garage). Trash has become a problem in the neighborhood as residents do not have enough receptacles. This has created an on-going problems with rodents.*In general, we do not support large roof decks/decks and prefer smaller balconies preferably inserted in building. However we review outdoor space on a case-by-case basis and our support depends upon the circumstances of a proposed project with location and impact on abutting neighbors.*With the goal in mind of preparing our community for all aspects of climate change, projects should include features that increase our neighborhood’s resiliency to rising sea levels and flooding (as mentioned in reference to open space), lessen the urban heat island effect, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through safe walking, biking and public transportation options.

Andrew Square has done more than its fair share of increasing the housing stock in Boston. ASCA has worked hard with city agencies over the years to identify areas of significant growth on Dorchester Ave, Old Colony Ave., Anne Lynch homes at Old Colony, and more recently Mary Ellen McCormack Housing Development. It is imperative that we protect our residential neighborhood.We look forward to working with all parties, in particular the ZBA/BPDA, to assist us in our efforts to be intentional and support responsible, sustainable development – the type of development that will promote an equitable and healthy neighborhood.

Information from 2020 Boston Census:

Population Growth:
South Boston had 35,660 residents in 2015, 5% of Boston’s population
South Boston grew by 25% from 2000 to 2015, faster than the city’s growth of 10% over the same period.
Vehicles:
70% of South Boston households in 2015 had a least one vehicle, compared to 65% of all Boston households.
The ratio of vehicles to households in South Boston was 1.02 in 2015, higher than Boston’s ratio of 0.91
Pets per household:
While we cannot confirm number of pets per household via 2020 census, suffice it to say there are many households with dog(s).

Data collected from ASCA survey on parking/transportation (December 2020): 65 people responded

6 do not have cars – 27 have one car and no parking – 16 have one car and off street parking – 7 have 2 cars no parking - 4 have 2 cars with 1 parking spot – 3 have 2 cars with off street parking for both vehicles – 2 have 3 vehicles with one parking spot
1 bikes to work - 13 take the MBTA to work – 3 retired
6 residents mentioned prior to covid they took the MBTA, but will no longer do so. – 4 residents commented they will no longer use Andrew Station due to safety issues.

September 2021


Community Anouncement

Proposal For a Retail Recreational Cannabis Dispensary at 558-560 Dorchester Ave. - (The Connection)

***Please Read and Sign The Pettition in Opposition***

Simply Click The Black Button at The Bottom of Page

ASCA Viewpoint

We are not opposed to the business, we are opposed to the location of this business in Andrew Square due to the egregious conditions at this timeAndrew Square is located at the crossroads of “Methadone Mile”, and well known for the numerous methadone clinics, recovery and rehabilitation programs, and homeless centers in the vicinity, as well as the resulting problems residents of the area encounter on a daily basis. It is a site of frequent overdoses, and our neighborhood has seen an increase in crime, including residential break-ins, motor vehicle break-ins, robberies, assault and property damage as a result.Our local businesses have also been negatively impacted as well. Addiction is an overwhelming problem in our neighborhood, and in an effort to combat the issue, we have many social service agencies doing their utmost to assist those afflicted with this disease.As ASCA does recognize and respect that the proponents have every right to garner support for this business endeavor, we feel very strongly that there are more suitable locations.In response to similar requests, we suggest a more densely populated business district as an alternative, where customers may obtain services, and safely return to their residence or business. Sadly, residents of our many small streets and private ways have been targeted by those who sell or purchase prescribed medications illegally. We firmly believe that these businesses should be located away from residential communities, as well as recovery and rehabilitation We do not oppose cannabis (marijuana) dispensaries or the services they provide. However, we feel strongly that a business of this nature would not add value nor improve the area but would only add to the myriad of problems and would likely have a negative impact on those who are trying to overcome addiction.Until the spill over from 'Mass Cass' is cleaned up, we can not entertain a business like this in our neighborhood !!!


Petitions & Surveys

MOAKLEY PARK

Come get to know South Boston’s waterfront park. With ball fields, playgrounds, basketball courts, and water play, Moakley has something for everyone.

In March, we kicked off the Phase 1 Community Process for Moakley Park. Thank you to all who attended. AND there's still opportunities to participate! Phase 1 includes the northernmost part of the park and includes the following areas: Operations and Maintenance Building, baseball field, community plaza, picnic overlook, and a portion of the coastal flood barrier system.

As a next step, share your voice in the future direction of Phase 1 by letting us know how the community would like to use this area of the park in the future.

Please fill out this short survey. To learn more about this project visit our website at www.boston.gov/parks/moakley-park.

South Boston Neighborhood Corporation

Please sign the petitions below. Thank you for your support

Petition to restore Saint Patrick's Day Parade route

'Boston Park Advocates'



Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority - 'MBTA'

To report crime on the T (MBTA), download app “MBTA SEESAY"


Congressman Lynch trying to get the MBTA back on track

MBTA to reduce service on Red, Blue, and Orange, lines

City Council President Ed Flynn - Opposition to South Boston MBTA Bus Route Changes

Dear neighbors,

Thank you for reaching out to me on your concerns regarding proposed changes to bus service in our community.

Please find attached letter to the MBTA from Councilor Flaherty and I joining our state colleagues, State Senator Nick Collins and State Representative David Biele, in strong opposition to the proposed changes to the Number 7 and Number 11 buses.

Please join us in making your voice heard by also submitting comments to the MBTA on this issue by doing the following:

Filling out the Better Bus Network online survey:

Sending comments to the MBTA via email at; - betterbusproject@mbta.com or Calling: 617-222-3011

Additional information can be found here:

Thank you,
Ed

The MBTA is making changes to bus routes To see how it will impact your commute please give your input below


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

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.

Sincerely,

Lydia Hamilton Polaski, ASCA Liaison to the MBTA

cc:
South Boston Elected Officials
Linda Zablocki, ASCA President
Pattie McCormick, ASCA Vice-President

Senator Nick Collins and Rep. David Biele release a statement voicing their concerns about the MBTA bus route changes.

Andrew Square to Dewar St. Reliability Project Start of Construction

To our Andrew Square neighbors,

This email is to inform you that construction for Eversource’s Andrew Square to Dewar Street Project is expected to begin on Monday July 25, 2022, when our contractor, Bond Brothers, will mobilize material and equipment, and begin excavation work at the Andrew Square Substation located at 45 Ellery Street in Boston, MA. This phase of work will take place within the existing substation fence line and is expected to take approximately 6 weeks. We have mailed the below notification to our list of neighbors, and our Project website will be updated as our work progresses. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to set up a time to discuss this Project further.

Thank you, - Leah Gymziak Eversource Project Services - leah.gymziak@eversource.com

ASCA reaches out to Eversource - Concerns at Ellery St Substation


Andrew Square Power Outage 6/30/22 - Eversource response.

Very early this morning, we experienced an event on a circuit in the Andrew Square neighborhood. The event was a result of a fault on equipment in the manhole. We quickly brought in a generator to provide temporary power to the residents. A generator can take anywhere from 3-6 hours to order, deliver, and connect to the system. We do our best to have generators on scene as quickly as possible. The affected customers will remain on generation while our operations team work on permanent repairs.

The affected customers will experience an additional outage when the generator is taken down and the load is picked up permanently and placed back on the system.

A notification was sent to affected customers when the initial outage occurred during the early morning hours. The notification was sent via the customers preferred method of communication. The affected customers will also receive a follow up notification when they are taken off the generator and placed back on the system.

If you lost power and did not receive a notice, please sign up to get them at: