The first Tuesday of every other month is when the South End Forum, a coalition of local neighborhood associations, meet for updates and presentations about the nuts and bolts of what is going on in your neighborhood. Chaired by Rutland Square Association’s Stephen Fox, the Tuesday, June 4 event will provide updates about the Long Island Bridge project'; the latest ups and downs of the Alexandria Hotel; Shattuck Hospital developments; and a variety of local events sponsored by South End organizations. Utility staff from Eversource, national Grid and Viola will be there together with Chris Osgood, Chief of Streets and Chris “Buddy” Christopher of the Inspectional Services department. Seating is limited.
6:00 PM: Introductions and Association Announcements:
Intro of new Forum representatives and guests, association announcements of upcoming events, invitations, fund-raisers, and special interest notices. The Forum will not meet in July or August. The next meeting will be (T) Tuesday, September 10.
6:05 PM: Brief Forum Announcements and Updates on Initiatives by Working Groups:
Update on Forum Working Group with Boston Water and Sewer Commission to change existing policy to create maintenance equity between public and private alley abutters. First meeting with Mayor, BW&SC staff, Chief Osgood, and Forum representatives. Follow up meeting sponsored by the Mayor is planned
Update from the Forum's Working Group on Addiction, Recovery, and Homelessness.
Updates on Roxbury Post Office contact list, South End Branch Library renovation funding, Library Park renovation work this summer, and current SE Transportation Planning Initiatives.
Brief introduction to the focus and work of "Speak for the Trees" organization from Executive Director David Meshoulam, followed by brief Q&A
6:15 PM: South End Public Safety Profile: Captain Sweeney will discuss the current South End public safety profile.
6:30 PM: Brief Presentation by New Boston Ventures team of Tubman Placeresidential, community, and commercial space development for the parcel currently occupied by USES owned Tubman House at Mass Ave and Columbus . Brief Q&A
6:45 PM: Brief Presentation by LIHC of their proposed residential development on Worcester Street:LIHC are the current owners of Tremont Street's Concord Houses and this property is currently gated open space, a parking lot fronting on Worcester Street. Brief Q &A
7:00 PM: Panel Discussion with representatives from Eversource, National Grid, and Veiola. As follow up to Boston Water and Sewer's construction plan presentation at the last Forum meeting, this is an opportunity to learn of plans for the South End by these key utilities in the coming months. Also discuss a neighborhood alert and notification protocol beyond individual customer phone or email notifications
7:15 PM: Dialogue with Chief of Streets Chris Osgood and his team:Topics to be covered will include the following in addition to Q&A
New Waste Hauling Contractor has been selected for the South End, replacing Sunrise Scavenger.The city has proposed that trash and recycle pick up times will start at 6 AM rather than the current 7AM thereby totally undercutting a five year effort by South End neighborhood association to reduce overnight put outs by neighbors.
Pilot Collapsible Container proposal is about to get underway.
Update on selection of new Transportation Commissioner.
Tremont Street Safety Redesign update
7:40 PM: Presentation and Q&A with BPDA's Chris Busch of a Proposed Flood Resiliency Overlay Districtto include specific design guidelines to promote flood resiliency in new neighborhood development and building retrofits.
7:50 PM: Brief discussion of the South End's new Massport CAC seat: With the South End now having formal permanent representation on the CAC, South Enders will need to become more engaged in using CAC on line information and tools and begin to assemble key South End concerns to be brought to the CAC and from there to Massport and the FAA. Next CAC meeting is 4 PM on June 13 at the Transportation Building at Park Plaza. Meetings are open to the public.
8:00 PM: Adjourn