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.
ASCA October 25th Meeting - 6:30-7:45 P.M.
Meeting will be held at 240 Old Colony Ave. (Washington Village) and virtually on 'Zoom'. For 'virtual' attendance please register in advance. Click the Zoom link below.
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 !
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 Development and kudos to John Piekutoski, and guys, for all your hard work to make this happen. And thank you to Samuels, for your patience, while it did.
We’d also like to acknowledge recent donations to our Beautification/Holiday décor initiatives:
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
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.
Cannonball Cafe News !
Opening Soon! At 383 Dot Ave. "We bring the revolutionary history back to South Boston and provide a welcoming atmosphere where you’ll become part of our family we’ll forge a community".
Tatte Bakery & Cafe News !
"It’s been a long journey to get to this day! Opened October 20th, 2021! 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."
Coffee with a Cop
Pappas Way News & Events
ASCA Meeting 10/25/21 @ 6:30
You are invited to Octobers ASCA Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 25, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Green Stratus Corp. will hold a virtual meeting on 10/14/21 at 6:30 p.m. relative to it's proposed Cannabis Establishment
Please click the link below for Zoom Meeting info
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 time
Until the spill over from 'Mass Cass' is cleaned up, we can not entertain a business like this in our neighborhood !!!
Please, 'Care About The Square' and voice your opposition to our elected officials
Kathleen Joyce, Cannabis Board email@example.com
Mayor’s office: firstname.lastname@example.org and Edward.email@example.com
Councilor Flynn: firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilor-at-large Flaherty: Michael.email@example.com
Councilor Baker: Frank.Baker@boston.gov
Councilor-at-large Mejia: Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Councilor-at large Essabi-George/Mayoral Candidate Essabi-George: Annissa.email@example.com
Councilor-at large Wu/Mayoral Candidate Wu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senator Collins: email@example.com
Representative Biele: firstname.lastname@example.org
So. Boston Farmers Market
The South Boston Farmers Market operates on Mondays from 12 pm-6 pm, at 446 West Broadway, June - October.
Local man honored with Carnegie Medal
Andrew Sq. 'Walk Tour' 9/8/2021
Many thanks to Councilors: Ed Flynn - Frank Baker - Michael Flaherty - Representative David Biele - BPD Captain Joseph Boyle & C6 Officers in attendance
212 Old Colony Ave Dev. Proposal
The BPDA is hosting a public meeting, 10/19/21 @ 6:00-7:30 to discuss the Small Project Review Application
33-39 Ward Street
The BPDA is hosting a public meeting 10/26/21 for a Notice of Project Change (NPC) for the 33-39 Ward Street project
44 Ellery Street
The BPDA will host a Virtual Public Meeting - October 13, 2021 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Redevelopment of five acres in South Boston’s Andrew Square into a mixed-use development spanning six blocks
Update: 09/10/21 - Please click a link below.
On The Dot
On The Dot and 505 Dorchester Avenue Development will be located at 475-511 Dorchester Avenue.
BPDA Aricle 80 - IAG & Public Review Meeting 9/22/2021 - Click link to view a recording of meeting.
323-365 Dorchester Avenue
The redevelopment 5 acres of land into a mixed-use development that will include 4 buildings
Update: The Boston Civic Design Commission will meet virtually on 9/21/2021 at 5:00 PM. - Click link to register
'Iron Works' formerly Cole Hersee
10 - 80 Old Colony Ave.
National Development references the areas historical significance at their two city block redevelopment in Andrew Square
The projects moniker 'Iron Works' harkens back to the neighborhood’s rich history, and impact in the Civil War
Mary Ellen McCormack Dev.
Large scale redevelopment proposal moves forward - LOI Filed - 6/14/21
267 Old Colony Ave (Trimount Place)
Proposal is for 55 housing units, 3 commercial retail spaces and 60 parking spaces.
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
Newmarket Interactive Workshops
Help us design the future of Newmarket. Join us for the first in a series of interactive workshops where you will have the opportunity to share your experiences, ask questions, and 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 in Newmarket.
Click link below to register.
The Boston Mayoral Candidates
The election to choose the next mayor of Boston will take place Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.
Boston City Council Race
Mayor Kim Janey
October update from City Councilor Ed Flynn:
City Councilor Michael Flaherty
Update from State Senator Nick Collins
Mass. State Representative David Biele
October update from So. Boston Community Liaison Haley Dillon
Coming Soon !
At 383 Dot Ave. "We bring the revolutionary history back to South Boston and provide a welcoming atmosphere where you’ll become part of our family we’ll forge a community".
Castle Island Brewing Taproom
10 Old Colony Ave. So. Boston, Ma.
Grand Ten Distilling
383 Dorchester Avenue, So. Boston, MA 02127
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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 email@example.com 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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"Residents of Liberty Place are desperately seeking a fence."
Now you see it...
Now you don't !
Mass. and Cass Crisis Continues
Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins proposes to convert empty detention center into temp housing
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.
*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:
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.
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.
Proposal For a Retail Recreational Cannabis Dispensary at 558-560 Dorchester Ave. - (The Connection)
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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 time
Andrew 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 !!!