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C. ENVIRONMENTAL DEFICIENCIES (Check and complete one)


\yj No change in descriptions given on Form H- 6101. Urban Henvudl Area Data,

Block J «ii>>xTii» toil fnr thin prnJArt. nn 10

| J See following descriptions


CONDITION


DESCRIPTION OF EXTENT TO WHICH CONDITION EXISTS

(Cive source of information. If additional ipaee is required,
continue on a plain theet and attach to thit form)


1, Overcrowding or improper location
of itracturei on the land


cee. Cr.vou.i High School
Survey and Planning Application
Code Wo. R-102


2. Excessive dwelling unit density


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3. Conversions to incompatible types of
uses, such as roominghouses among
family dwellings


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4. Obsolete building types, such as large
residences or other buildings which
through, lack of use or maintenance
" have a blighting influence


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&, Detrimental land uses or conditions,
such as incompatible uses, structures
in mixed use, or adverse influences
from noite, smoke, or fumes


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6. Unsafe, congested, poor ly des igned,
or otherwise deficient streets


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7. Inadequate public utilities or

community facilities contributing to
unsatisfactory living conditions or
economic decline


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8. Other equally significant environmental
deficiencies


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DATA
(Complete this pap,c only if project arc\ tn.ci


I0JECT

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1 C e a u i I
t.'C been
', and ma


AREA

i clearance and conscrvat ion r.r.r. t ions )




D. PRESENT CHARACTER, CONDITIO!! OF BUILDINGS, AND PROP

(Areas shall be shovn to nearest tenth of an ac r e. ' T" t " I
accounted for, excepting only any interior areas lihich h
are identical lith those in Urban Bcneval Uanual, Ch. 3-
Defic i eneiei")


hin perimeter boundar ie s of the project shall he
excluded from the project area. Ueaningt of terms
terial in Ch. 3-1 under the heading "[tailding




ITEM


ACREAGE


CONDITION OF
BUILDINGS


ACPEAGE

BY
PROPOSEO
LAND USES




TOTAL


BY PRESENT CHAR/iC.T!


or PROPOSED




IMPROVE ii




ACOUISIT ION


TOTAL !
BUI LDINGS


NUMBER
WITH

DEP-I- •
C 1 E N C 1 E S


} •


WITH

BLOGS. OR

STREETS


W/01 HER

iMPROVE-r

M t N T S


u:j ; IM-
PROVED


TO BE

ACQUIRED


NOT

TO BE

ACQUIRED




TOTAL


129.2


100.2


.


•- _ ;■>


57.3


71.9


652


600


__




1, Streets, Alleys, Public
RightB-of-Way, Total


37.6


35.1


1
". 2.5


9.U


28.2






__




a. Major Transportation


l.U


l.U


!!!!!!!!




l.U




;::::;:::::::::::{:


__






1


(1) With Federal
(Highway Aid


;i:i::i:!i:!::::::


■:::::::::::::::;:j:


: • ' :'.'■'■


pjiliiiiii


iiiiijiijllljiiji


:■"•-.', ],..


__


1

i


(2) Without Federal
s.. Highway Aid












I i-" : ■:.!•"•


|


'


1


b. Other Streets, Alleys,
Public Rights-of-Way


?6.2


33«7^




9. if


26.8




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j




2.<5






1


2. Residential, Total


57.1


37-9


•' .9


18.3


31.1


26.0


^63


. Hk3





l-.^s


■Wvflk Dwelling Purposes


38.6


21.3


" .1


17.2


25.^


13.2


kXL


kok





v


b. Related Public or
Semipublic Purposes


18.5


16.6


.8


l.l


5.7


12.8


52


39





>


3. Nonresidential, Total
•V) „j.<*


3^.5


27.2


1.9


5.4


16.8


17.7


189


157





I


a. Commercial


18.0


15.7


.0


1.7


6.8


11.2


13U


llU


.is




b. Industrial


10.6


9.2


.5


-9


5.9


h.7


he


35


y "


1


c. Public or Semipublic
(institutional)


5-9


2.3


.8


2.8 '


k.l


1.8


9


, 8





d. Opon ot Unimproved
Land Not Included in
3a, b, or c above




















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j


E. CONTEMPLATED TREATMENT




I


S ITEM


TOTAL NUMBER


NUMBER TO BE
CLEARED


NUMBER
DESIGNATED FOR
REHABILITATION


NUMBER TO BE

RETAINED

WITHOUT

TREATMENT


NUMBER

FOR WHICH

TREATMENT NOT

YET DETERMINED


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I. Area (in Acres) of Parcel* With
Buildings


65 VI;


26o2


m 1





38.9


1 .


2. All Buildings


652


360


-


= 1-v-


292




a. Residential Buildings


U63


nflo







180.«




b. Nonresidential Buildings


189


77







' 112


K


3. All Dwelling Units


1061


632








U29


ij


a. In Buildings With Deficiencies


1050


62U .







U26




b. In Standard Buildings


11


8








3





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DATA ON CLEARANCE AREA, OR CLEARANCE SECTIONS OF PROJECT AREA


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F. PRESEHT CHARACTER, CONDITION OF BUILDINGS, AND PROPOSED LAND USES

(Areas shall be shown to nearest tenth of an acre. Meanings of terms are identical with those in Urban Renewal
ilanual. Ch. 3-2; material in Ch. 3-1 under tfct heading "Building Deficiencies"; and criteria in Ch. 10-1 for
"Clearance and Redevelopment")


F


ITEM


ACREAGE


CONDITION OF BUILDINGS


ACREAGE
BY

PROPOSED
LAND
USES




TOTAL


BY PRESENT CHARACTER


BY PROPOSED
ACQUISITION


TOTAL

BUI LD-

INGS


NUMBER
WITH
DEFI-
CIENCIES


NUMBER
STRUC-
TURALLY

SUB-
STAND-
ARD RE-
QU IR ING
CLEAR-
ANCE


NUMBER
NARRANT-
ING
CLEAR-
ANCE TO
REMOVE
BLIGHT-
ING in-
fluence:




IMPROVED


UN IM-
PROVED




WITH
BUI LD-
INGS OR
STREETS


WITH
OTHER

IM-
PROVE-
MENTS


TO BE

AC-
QUIRED


NOT TO
BE AC-
QUIRED




TOTAL


57.3


36.1


1.5


19-7


57.3


— —


36 ll


337


298


57


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1. Streets, Alleys, Public
Rights- of-Way, Total


9.1*


8.7




.7


9.h


:;
















a. Major Transportation












.


:::::::::j|;j;inJ!!;i;:::!i::i:::: [:::::::::::::: ::::::j:||!||;












-




(1) With Federal
Highway Aid












W ] M jo^;i;:;iiSBIp|Blllil


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(2) Without Federal
Highway Aid


I:::::::::::::::


::::::::::::::
















__




b. Other Streets, Al leys,
Public Rights-of-Way


9.h


8.7




• 7


9.h


MM










mm




2. Residential, Total


31.1


16.2


•5


Ik.k


31.1


MM


287


275


2k6


32


-.




a. Dwelling Purposes


25.h


11.5


.1


13.8


25.^


MM


265


260


236


28


__


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b. Related Publ ic or
Semipublic Purposes


5.7


k.l


.k


.6


5.7


mm


22


15


10


h


mm




3. Nonresidential, Total


l6.8


11.2


1.0


k.6


16.8


;:


77


62


52


25


__




a. Conroercial


6.8


5-9





.9


6.8


„_


hi


36


30


17


__




b. Industrial


5.9


h.6


.h


.9


5.9




27


2k


21


6


__




c. Public or Semipublic
(inst i tut ional)


k.l


.7


.6


2.8


k.l





3


2


1


2


-




d. Open or Unimproved
Land Not Included in
3a, b, or c above


__









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: ": : ' : -:-




G. CONTEMPLATED TREATMENT




ITEM


TOTAL NUMBER


NUMBER TO BE
CLEARED


NUMBER
DESIGNATED FOR
REHABILITATION


NUMBER TO BE

RETAINED

WITHOUT

TREATMENT


NUMBER

FOR WHICH

TREATMENT NOT

YET DETERMINED




1. Area (in Acres) of Parcels With
Bui Id ings


27. h


27. h


__


__


__




2. All Buildings


36U


3$h


__


__


-.




a. Residential Buildings


287


287


__


__


...




b. Nonresidential Buildings


77


77


-


__





>\


3. All Dwelling UnitB


632


632


MM


Mwm


_ —




a. In Buildings With Deficiencies


624


62h


._


;:


— —




b. In Standard Buildings


8


8


__


_-


_-.





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DATA Oil CONSERVAT


ON


■AREA, )




1 r j


SECTIONS OP PROJI - ■ A .




M. PRESENT CHARACTER, CONDITION OF DUIUDIHGS, AND PROI USES

(Areas thill be shown to nearest tenth of an arrr. Utah in ft of terms are Identical vith those in Vrbin Renewal
Manual, Ch. 3-3; material in Ch. 3-1 under, the heading "fraittiliig [)e fie i ene i e s" ; and criteria in Ch. 10-1 for
"Clearance and Redevelopment" )




ITEM


ACREAGE


CONDITION OF BUILDINGS




1


TOTAL


BY PRESENT CKAI \CT.EfI


' CV PROPOSED
ACQUISIT ION


TOTAL
BUILD-
INGS


NUMBER
WITH
DEFI-
CIENCIES


NUMBER NUMBER
STRUC- flARR/.MT-
TURALLY ING

SUB- CLEAR-
STAND- ANCE TO
ARD RE- REMOVE
QUIRING BLIGHT-
CLEAR- ING IN-
ANCE r LUENCET


ACREAGE

BY
PROPOSED

LAND

U5ES




Improved


UNIM-
PROVED




WITH
BUI LD-
INGS OR
STREETS


WITH
OTHER

Im-
prove-
ments


TO BE
j AC-
QUIRED


'NOT TO
BE AC-
QUIRED




TOTAL


71.9


61+.1


1.3


6.5 [ -


71.9


288


263


30


_


-




1. Streets, Alleys, Poblic
Rights-of-way, Total


28.2


26. k




1.8 I -


28.2


;;;;;:::;;;:;;;;








_














a. Major Transportation


l.k


l.k




)


l.k


j :.;: i 1 .. :•:.:•


_




NIIIiHiiiiii


- J -




(1) With Federal
Highway Aid


:::::::::::::•■:








Illllllli; iMv-:


_




(2) Without Federal
„ Highway Aid






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iiiillliiili:;




_




b. Other Streets, Alleys,
Public Righta-of-Way


26.8


25.0




1.8




26.8








::*::!::!::


_




2. Residential, Total


26.0


21.7


.%


3*9;




26.0


176


168


17


_





*


v«!3iV Dwelling Purposes


13.2


9.8




&


-


13.2


ik6


ikk


16





_




b. Related Public or
Semipublic Purposes


12.8


11.9


.k


.5'




12.8


30


2k


1





_




3.< Nonresidential, Total


17.7


16.6


.9


.8'





17.7


112


95


13


_


„ ,




a. Commercial


11.2


9.8


.6


.8




11.2


87


78


7








b. Industrial


a. 7


U.fi


-:1






4.7


1Q


n


6








c. Public or Semipublic
(institutional)


1.8


"1.6


.?.




1.8


6


6




"




d. Open of Unimproved
Land Not Included in
3a, b, or c above








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-






1


;;;:::;:;;;:;|:;:. :;;•;;::::;;:




1. CONTEMPLATED TREATMENT






" X 1 TEM


TOTAL NUMBER


NUMBER TO BE
CLEARED


NUMBER
DESIGNATED FOR
REHABILITATION


NUMBER TO BE

RETAINED

WITHOUT

TREATMENT


NUMBER

FOR WHICH

TREATMENT NOT

YET DETERMINED




1. Area (in Acres) of Parcels With
Bui ldingn


37.7


-


-


-


37-7




2. All Buildings


288 .


~


-




! '288 .




a. Residential Buildings


176


-


-




176 -




b. Nonresidential Buildings


112


-


-


-


112




3. All Dwelling Units


»I29


-


-


-


.1+29


I


a. In Buildings With Deficiencies


1*26


-


-


-,


426




b. In Standard Buildings


,3


-


-




3



GPO 6S9-I73



SURVEY AND PLANNING APPLICATION BINDER NO.

PROJECT NO. MASS. R-

Campus High School Urban Renewal Area SUBMISSION DATE:

Boston Redevelopment Authority
Boston, Massachusetts



ATTACHMENT TO FORM H-6101 CODE NO. R-102

The project area contains six major environmental deficiencies.

(1) Overcrowding or improper location of the structures on the land

Many residential and non- residential structures do not meet standards set
by the City's new zoning ordinance which went into effect in January, 1965*
Lot areas and widths, usable open space, and front, side, and rear yard
requirements are generally below code standards. Residential buildings
frequently cover 60% to 80$ of their lot areas, which exceed that permitted
by the zoning code. In addition, many residential buildings are located on
interior lots, on the rear of parcels behind other structures, or other-
wise have restricted access, which is a definite safety hazard in case
of fire or other emergency

Similar problems exist with non-residential structures. The typical place-
ment of these buildings prevents effective use of any open space that does
exist for parking, loading, and deliveries.

(2) Obsolete building types, such as large residences or other buildings which
through lack of use or maintenance have a blighting influence

Many of the retail and industrial facilities were constructed more than
sixty years ago and now functionally obsolete. The type of construction,
mechanical equipment, general layout, and loading and servicing arrangements
lack adaptability to contemporary industrial and retail requirements.

Redevelopment Authority surveys indicate that approximately 11 percent of
the buildings in the project area are vacant and abandoned.. Most of these
buildings are poorly maintained or have been destroyed by vandals, and
consequently they are unsafe and hazardous. In addition, major fires have
gutted other buildings, further blighting the neighborhood. As there have
"Ween no economic incentives to improving these buildings, many have become
foreclosed by the City for non-payment of taxes . A total of kl buildings
in the project area (6.4$. of all buildings) have been inspected and
condemned by the City of Boston Building Department or the Office of
Neighborhood Improvement as unsafe and dangerous and/or unfit for human
habitation.

(3) Detrimental land uses or conditions such as incompatible uses, structures
in mixed use, or adverse influences from noise, smoke or fumes

A numWer of heavy commercial, industrial and mixed-use structures have
encroached upon the residential areas of the project. These uses generate
truck traffic, noise, dirt and unsightliness which have contributed to the

Mass. R- / Campus High School / R-102 1 of k



deterioration and spread of blight in this area. Inadequate customer and
employee parking, as well as the lack of off-street loading facilities also
have had an adverse effect.

Many structures in mixed residential-commercial use are found in the project
area, particularly along the major streets. A number of these commercial
uses are now vacant and unmaintained, thus adversely affecting the surround-
ing area.

(k) Unsafe, congested, poorly designed or otherwise deficient streets

Information supplied "by traffic engineering consultants indicates that
few streets in the area have roadways wide enough for major traffic volumes,
and that there are a number of complex intersections, few continuous streets,
and an inadequate system of collector streets. Many streets are operating
at or near capacity. Major intersections are chronically congested under
present conditions, resulting in a tendency for motorists to use secondary
streets or even local streets to circumvent problem locations along arte-
rials.

The most seriously confused street pattern exists in the immediate vicinity
of Dudley Square. Dudley Street itself is a major crosstown street and is
severely congested and operating at capacity (10,000 vehicles per day).
The heavy use of this street by buses, together with the lack of adequate
curb loading stations and on-street parking, contribute to the problem of
congestion. The Roxbury Crossing area also is a major problem area;
congestion and poor alignment of the streets entering Roxbury Crossing
limit the capacity of this intersection.

(5) Inadequate public utilities or community facilities contributing to
unsatisfactory living conditions or economic decline

a. Schools

A study of the public schools in the City of Boston prepared by
Harvard University indicated that the four elementary schools in the
project area are obsolete and in deteriorating condition and recommended
that they be abandoned. All of the schools are of Type IV construction
(wood frame, floors and roof) and are hazardous to the safety of their
occupants .

The William Bacon School was built in 1897 and suffers from age and
lack of maintenance. Exterior walls are cracked; deteriorating brick-
work and crumbling mortar in the basement permit water seepage; the upper
floors show evidence of leakage; and walls and ceilings are cracked and
lack paint. In addition, basement toilet rooms are unsanitary and
illumination is substandard.

The Dillaway School , built in 1882, is located in a blighted neighborhood
next to elevated tracks and is surrounded by heavy traffic. Foundations
and walls show evidence of leakage, toilet facilities are unsanitary,
and lighting is inadequate. The hand-fired coal boilers are controlled
by an obsolete control system.



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The Dudley School , built in 187^, is located on a site characterized by
heavy traffic along its front, limited land area, and inadequate outdoor
play space. Exterior walls are cracked, causing interior leakage; class-
rooms are dark; ventilation is substandard; and basement toilets are
unsanitary.

The Asa Gray School was built in 1877 and is located in a commercial
district. The building is in general disrepair; walls and ceilings show
evidence of leakage; the exterior needs repointing; lighting is sub-
standard, resulting in dark and hazardous corridors and stairs; and base-
ment toilet facilities are unhealthy.

b. Parks and Recreation

None of the public parks in the project area are usable by the area's
residents. The Madison Park is in dilapidated condition, and is hazardous,
and entirely inadequate for recreational purposes. Discarded rubbish
and broken glass characterize much of this park area. The smaller
Vernon Street park area is unmaintained and is closed much of the year.
The King Street Play Area is closed due to its dilapidated condition
and useless equipment. A fourth recreational area, formerly a school
site and playground on Bartlett Street, is likewise unusable because of
its deterioration.

c. Municipal Buildings

Police Station No. 10 at Roxbury Crossing, built in the 1870' s, and
the Roxbury Municipal Court, remodeled from an old school in 1901, are
both functionally obsolete and in poor repair. These two facilities are
scheduled for replacement by a consolidated police station and court
building to be located in the proposed Civic Center to be developed at
Dudley Square under the provisions of the Washington Park Urban Renewal
Plan.

d. Sewerage and Water

Information supplied by engineering consultants indicates that most
of the area above Linden Park Street is served by separate sanitary and
storm drainage systems and that below Linden Park Street these systems
are combined. Most of the mains are over 60 years of age. Storm
overflows in the Old Stony Brook Conduit contain some sewerage discharge
and contribute substantially to the pollution of the nearby Fens Pond
and Charles River Basin.

The consultants also found that a large percentage of water mains l6"
and larger were laid prior to 1900 and are considered to have lost more
than 50$ of their original carrying capacity. A 2k" main on Roxbury-
Dudley Streets is nearly 100 years old (l868) and is considered to be
badly tuberculated. In addition, eight main failures have been
reported in the area between 195 k and 1962.



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(6) Other equally significant environmental deficiencies

A large part of the project area (20 percent) contains vacant and
unutilized land. Years of vigorous building code enforcement and the
consequent demolition of derelict and unsafe buildings, together with
the threat of the Inner Belt Highway construction, have reduced this
area to a virtual wasteland. The demolition of buildings unfit for
further occupancy has left unsightly gaps in the area which are often
used for the dumping of refuse and abandoned automobiles. Records of
the City of Boston Building Department indicate that a total of III
buildings have been demolished in the past two years. Within the whole
project area, approximately 360 buildings have been demolished since
1931 and the parcels have remained vacant.



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EXHIBIT "A"

BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION

CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL URBAN RENEWAL AREA

The Campus High School Urban Renewal Area is that certain tract of land
situated in the City of Boston, County of Suffolk, Commonwealth of Massa-
chusetts, and bounded generally as follows:

Beginning at the intersection of the southerly sideline of Sterling Street
and the easterly sideline of Warwick Street;

Thence running southeasterly along the southerly sideline of Sterling Street
extended to the easterly sideline of Shawmut Avenue;

Thence turning and running southwesterly along the easterly sideline of
Shawmut Avenue extended to the southerly sideline of Roxbury Street;

Thence turning and running southeasterly and northeasterly along the
southerly sideline of Roxbury Street to the westerly sideline of Wash-
ington Street;

Thence turning and running southwesterly along the westerly sideline of
Washington Street to the northerly sideline of Bar tie tt Street;

Thence turning and running northwesterly along the northerly sideline of
Bar tie tt Street extended to the southerly sideline •£ Dudley Street ex-
tended to the southerly sideline of Roxbury Street;

Thence turning and running westerly along the southerly sideline of
Roxbury Street extended to the midline of Columbus Avenue;

Thence turning and running due north to the westerly sideline of Columbus
Avenue and thence along the westerly sideline of Columbus Avenue extended
to the midline of the right-of-way of the mainline of the New York, New
Haven and Hartford Railroad;

Thence turning and running northeasterly along the midline of the New York,
New Haven, and Hartford Railroad right-of-way to the extended northerly
sideline of Ruggles Street;

Thence turning and running southeasterly along the northerly sideline of
Ruggles Street extended to the easterly sideline of Columbus Avenue;

Thence turning and running northeasterly along the easterly sideline of
Columbus Avenue to the westerly sideline of Weston Street;



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Thence turning and running southeasterly along the vresterly sideline of
Weston Street extended to the easterly sideline of Cabot Street;

Thence turning and running northeasterly along the easterly sideline «f
Cabot Street to the southerly sideline of Cabot Place;

Thence turning and running southeasterly along the southerly sideline of
Cabot Place extended to the easterly sideline of Warwick Street;

Thence turning and running northeasterly along the easterly sideline of
Warwick Street to the point of beginning.



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EXHIBIT "B"
CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL
EARLY LAMP ACQUISITION AREA



Beginning at the intersection of the southerly sideline of
Tremont Street and the easterly sideline of Ruggles Street;

Thence running northeasterly along the southerly sideline of
Tremont Street to the intersection of the westerly sideline of
Weston Street;

Thence turning and running southeasterly along the westerly
sideline of Weston Street extended to the easterly sideline of
Cabot Street;

Thence turning and running northeasterly along the easterly
sideline of Cabot Street to the intersection of the southerly
sideline of Cabot Place;

Thence turning and running southeasterly along the southerly
sideline of Cabot Place extended to the easterly sideline of
Warwick Street;

Thence turning and running northeasterly along the easterly
sideline of Warwick Street to the intersection of the southerly
sideline of Sterling Street;

Thence turning and running southeasterly along the southerly
sideline of Sterling Street to the westerly sideline of Shawraut
Avenue ;

Thence turning and running southwesterly along the westerly
sideline of Shawmut Avenue to the northerly sideline of Roxbury
Street;

Thence turning and running northwesterly and southwesterly along
the northerly sideline of Roxbury Street to the intersection of
the westerly sideline of Shailer Avenue;

Thence turning and running northeasterly along the westerly
sideline of Shailer Avenue to a point which is the intersection
of the southeasterly parcel line of the property located at 12
Linden Park Street (now or formerly owned by Henry Royal) ;

Thence turning and running northwesterly along the southerly
parcel lines of the properties respectively located ats



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EXHIBIT "B"
CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL
EARLY LAND ACQUISITION AREA



Beginning at the intersection of the southerly sideline of
Tremont Street and the easterly sideline of Ruggles Street;

Thence running northeasterly along the southerly sideline of
Tremont Street to the intersection of the westerly sideline of
Weston Street;

Thence turning and running southeasterly along the westerly


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