Notes from Feb 3 Meeting

After considering possibilities for the Alexandra, the meeting voted the following: “CSANA would endorse the restoration of the Alexandra Hotel as a boutique hotel for the neighborhood with community engagement opportunities”

Considering safety concerns and the recommendation of abutters, we agreed to request Boston Transportation Dept sign Comet Place for one-way traffic entering from Northampton St and exiting to Shawmut Ave.

Charlotte Fleetwood, Boston Transportation Dept, presented Vision Zero, a program to eliminate fatalities on Boston’s streets. She described a number of measures that might be quickly implemented to make streets safer for driving, walking, and cycling. To add your concerns to the map, go to Visionzeroboston.org.

New restaurant at Tremont & Mass Ave: Douglas Williams envisions a neighborhood restaurant, “Italian influenced/American executed”.At our March meeting, he’ll ask our support for a full liquor license. He hopes for a May 1st opening.

Responding to South End forum’s question – given that the South End has more than its share of services for those on the margins of society, shouldn’t new services must be located in other neighborhoods? we tend to agree that it is time for others to step up. But we also support these services and, before voting a position we need to see specific language proposed for the Forum vote. We also considered what could be done within our own neighborhood, and committed to reaching out to strengthen relationships with organizations here within the Chester Square Area.

Sgt. Taxter distributed a detailed accounting of recent BPD activity; noting that engaging with your phone may make you/your phone an easy target. To assist in neighborhood watch efforts, he also described a common illegal/drug transaction (a “meaningless ride” where a person gets into a car and gets out nearby).

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