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CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN PLANNING AND RENEWAL ACTIVITIES
OF THE BOSTON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY



VOLUME II




A COMPENDIUM OF NEWS ARTICLES, MEMORANDA AND CORRESPONDENCE
REFLECTING CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT IN WORKABLE PROGRAM RELATED
ACTIVITIES - JANUARY 1, 1970 - DECEMBER 31, 1971




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Ct he said that when a 'Vrvman K'^*'-/. ^'-^"I^S^t
proposal IS made for eiec^ rirdTh^n v.^ paiS'tor "h^



linariahh offered lo it and
nian.\ people ll\iiic In the
area wiicre it would he eon-
stnuled want It buUt
somewhere else.
Opposition to the ITslory
tor the elderly vas
e\en stronger than at the



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profit in excess of
Kcency continued.

;;hmrd w.Tnl to do



cveryiiiiiig iiit-y i.uuiu ivj c\(.n siiui't,".! vt.cni - — —

purchase a small house in the previous CI'.A hearing, and^ m t.
area which would be devalued thr turnout was grealcr. -I ^
If the 17story building for the in addition to Councilor.-'-on"- 'J.
elderly Is erected. -CNeil. city officials who ap

Councillor Albert L. O'.Veil pcare.ld F. O'Lcaiy and
en the petilion in the Councilloi Joseph F. Tiniilty.
Boslindalc municipal building,; Representative Michael Paul
jFceney and Joseph P. Kearney
lot Ward 18 appeared against
itlie application, and .Stale
'Senator San'.uel Har.-non. v'-ho
jis ill. was recorded in op-
[position.

Residents who spoke In
•■oppcbilion to the application
■\\ere Ronald Ttamonl of 15



The rents for the lOn
dwelUnc units bi the
bulldlnR for llie elderly
Vould be SJO per inoulh per
Bpartnient, Including all un-
tUilles except telephone.

Attorney James F. Sullivan,
counsel for Development Cor
poration of America said
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••\\,-.en the BP.A was
established by the Legislature.,
the powers given you weic rot U
intended that you would ever

go into Roslindalc or ">'''^ Har'ry-s' Quarry aiea be :;
Park and create such unhap-,^-"'' -< '



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.Mr. (jori.ian rc; - .-...^
that the entire C5 acres



piness for the people. It was



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good reason to pirasant View st reet. Peter
believe tall vertical buildings Saran ot Farrar avenue. Marie
lor the elderly provide them Oymcnt, Mrs. Beatrice B.
•*\-ith great sccunty. 'Tie said >,i'f|io. John Ashburn. L.
the service area of the building
vould be below



regional

. , , „, "(h^ school. In answer to

not the 'pt'^nt ° ^,'f' question, he cst.nated ■

.Legislature. Vou should resist 1 ^^^^ ,,.,3 j„ .

;ihis, Keep the '""^'^"^""^ s-udents in the h.gh schc.:.
'respect the people ot Boston



ground and
that the excavation for the
elevator would increase the
cost of the building by $9800.



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An%ina of 38 Pleaiant View
'treet. Patiick J. Riordan of 41
Hradlee street, and Phihp
Park.

Ueprcsentallve Feeney,
who opposed the peltilon,
paid lil;:li Irihiile to Ihe
Uoslon It e d e V e I o p m e n t
Authority for what It 1ms
done for Ilostnn and at the
name lime proijoscd Unit Ihe
Barry'!, tjuarry Iw niadc Into
a picnic jrround. ; ,- J;^ i-^'.-Ji^.



hold tor
•asserted.

D've rir-::
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Rcp. teeney^^^^i^^^^ (ac-ities (or t.-..



, -,> T, -■.,, school students Lc es:a -
,n pfT?P.»n'; i -' . '-w -;,,t ,0 the School.
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RoslEndale tower Projects Hii

. . _■ i_..:lj;-„ T>rnnnnPntS Said J



By BOnERT IIANNAN

Small homeowners In
Roslindale prolcslcd jcslcr-
day at City Hall aga.n-.i rl'i"^
(or a 17-slory tower tor eld-
erly public houiinc tennnls
and an 11-story development
(or moderate and low income
(amilics on d miins HiRh-
way, opposite Calvary Ceme-
tery.

Urging low-rise for the eld-
erly, they said the towers,
higher th.in any structure for
miles around, would destroy
the area of single and two
(amily homes.

But the sponsoring Develop-
ment Corporation of America
said the towers would scr^-e a
critical need for housing in
the area and Imrpove a
••blighted" part of the long-
abandoned Barry's Quarry

tract. I "5 ^

THE SPON'SORS are a - >:in~

"tte r.n^n^. F.cric veln'.'mPiU



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As suth, evplalnrd /\Uy.
Jamc? P. Sullivan, the de-
veloper could have wnlvcr on
present zoning laws restrict-
ing building heights to 3') feet.
Tt,e hearing, originally
scheduled as a routine ses-
sion, ran over 2'/, hours be-
fore being continued until 2:30
p.m., nee. 18, at the BRA's
ninth floor conference room,
City Mall. . . ,

Actually, the BRA had set
two separate hearings on the
two towers. As It T,a5, the
agency never got to take up
the second building formally,
although opponents voiced o'o-
jection to both.

CHAIRMAN Patriclt J. Bo-
cantuso said the BRA will
consider at Its next meeting
the scheduling of public ses-
sion on the other matter at



Poslindale munlclapl buildi
some evening.

Tlie two buildings IM units
In the elderly housing tower
and 3M more In the low-mod-
erate inrome block-would be
roisiroicled behind the
pre'^enl Bradlee's shopping
center at Cummins and
American Legion Highways.

Allyn Ecclestnn, partner in
the proposed C. A. Associates
to build the lowers, said the
elderly one would rise H
stories above grade, and three
below, taking residents to the
shopping area stores.

He and architect Marvin
Goody said the high rise pl.->n
Is the only one feasible tor
construction on the Icdgey
area and actually Is safer and
more convenient for elderly
residents.

BUT ABUTTERS on
Plcasanlview street, which
would he near the second
tower, said the new projects
I v.'ould bring congestion to the
area and attract crime.

Several, including city coun-
cil members and all the lcgi5-
lators from Hyde Park-MaJ-
tapan-Roslindale Ward '.8
warned that the congestion
v.ould drive out middle class
home owners and cause the
neighborhood to decline.

"This Is a form ol harrass-
ment." s'ald senior Boston leg-
islator Michael Paul I-eency.
"Let them build homes m
empty areas of Roxbury and
Dorchfster where homes are
needed. V.'c have our homes.

"Put low-cost housing there
and every one of them will
need a gun to go to the
jlore," he said.
Resident Joseph Toltoloml.
' 30 Pleasantview St.. said
water pressure In the area,
llready Inadequate, v.ill be ]
worsened by the develop-
ments.

NEIGHBOR Rose D'Amroso
leared that the developments
would only be the first ot
many high rise structures In

the area.

And William MeDonnugh ot
West Roxbury said "ifs a big

tii ilcsl" 10 Re' " ^f"""^"' "'"
A ittlui »nd override zoning



Proponents said some 51
acres ol the tS-acre tract
owned by Redevelopment
Corr.oratlon of Conneciicut. a
DCA subsidiary, is proposed
lor city Liking for a South-
west Regional Campus high
school to serve Jamaica
Plain. Matlapan. Roslindale.
Hude Park and possiWy West
Roxbury. BRA Director
Robert T. Kcnney said the
towers will not conllict with
school plans.

Need for housing for the
elderly in the area was voiced
by Robert E. McKay, execu-
tive director. Citizens Housing
and Planning Assn.. and by
Andrew M. Olins- director of
planning and development for
the Boston Housing Authority.



PUNS CALL tor the entire
$4,235,000 tower tor the elder-
ly' to become "leased public
housing" lor a 4fi-year period.
Originally, it was to have
been built as a "turnkey" pro-
ject and purchased by the
housing authority. But this
would have required hearings
before the city's loning appeal
board to get vari.inccs.

DCA activities osewherc
were brought into the contro-
versy City Councilman-elect
Joseph M. Tiemey ot Roslin-
dale said the corporation has
had dilliculties gctiing cartili-
calion tapartmcnis built m
Lowell because ol rooting
leaks.



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: Meeting on Schoo
■.Site Thurs. Night '

■ • ^Ko'^lindalp nnd ^Vest no\l>i i ry civic leaders nnd

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lion i>roi c(l< in !hc l';nkunv nr.M. I.KC :\ hu-v ^i ln-iliile

_lljl.rin" tlir l"-M l".» vci'l - fhte .-ire sciiic ..f Ihe lienr-

Sncs nml n-xidJ"'-;' io"n.:n_': ii|.. .

Anicelinc uill lie hdd in^ Rn slindalp lilh Schno l
'at S p.m. lnmnrro"\v mgTTl (Tluirs.lT^vI^SIZIIIZnjFe
'cTioIce of linrrv's Qiinrrv in Ho-^limlnlc as ll ie ^'I'Jgcsl -

ctfTTlFTof ilie'conlcnipl.iledjli:^^ soiillnvc^lcrn (li^lric(

Tiigll sclK mnVliich »n..NI_yivc Wi".! i:n\lHirv. l{nsTin-

i S?le amt" I'o resl Hills •>._» Ml ng n\],or iip.nthv areas.

A public licnrin^ wjll beheld ^ , ,.„

by the city's Board of Appeal 2 ' ^^

Wck from next Monday ■ May

3 at 10:30 a.m. on a revised .

pt-tltion for x-ariations from

the building code lo allow the

crr-clion of an apartment

house for elderly persons at '

KOO Wastiinplon stTcct. rear

Rockland street, in West Kox-

burj'. 1

A hcarintr also has been set '

by t>o Board of Appeal for

9;30 a.m. on the moimng of

Tuesday, May 11. on an ap-
'pMcation for zoning \'arianccs

to allow the erection of a
. I'A'tvslory nursery at 1000

VFW parkway in West Rox-

bury, across the street from

a. section of SL Joicph'.s



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Cemetery.

The nn««tnii nr(lp\r!oiM nerit
Authorit y llo.iril, \sWu U - nh.
nii ^*. an niUi^crx' rfi (unip'ri.
^a,\ini\ In -.
the hili;h( of Ihr l.uililin^"

■ will lint lie iin issue iit (lie
Mny 3 he.irinj; .sime lliire

•lilrsrnlly j^ „„ hricht

■ r uonlil he em leil



In order to keep the rents at a
level -the elderly poisons can
-nfford to pay.

Oriciii.Tl pbns. \Uiiih prn.
v.iliil for an 11 story
liiiililiiit', called for leb
ai'.TrdiH'iUs.

The West Roxinjrv Civic'
,A,;ocjation criticized the HHA
for approvioK the cMei ly plan
apparently ohjectin"



jPiincipaly to the density cf 131
U| ailments now heini; sought.

P-''C Association, incidrnlally,

The piinrlpal Issue will hc'"''''^'"'' ""^ Bairy'.s Qiiariy
- ■'■- ■ ■ ,sile for the new hiph school

I liairy'.s Qiiaiiy Is at Cum-
iinms highway and the
Ameiican Lc(;ion Hijlmay in
liojlindalc. I



the drnsKy of apartments
^^l.leh will 1,0 allovrcd at the
location. The pclitjoneis aic
tccl


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