August Meeting Agenda

Chester Square Neighbors
Agenda for Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 at 7pm
Hampton House, 155 Northampton St

  • Introductions
  • June meeting minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Friends of Chester Park
    – report on the fundraising and plantings effort
    – Movie night at the park in September
    – Planning for Fall cleanup and plantings
    – repair requests to submit to Parks Department
  • Presentation: 784 Tremont St – an LLC proposes zoning change to include “lodging house”, thereby allowing use for nightly rentals with no on-site management/hospitality.
  • Events
    – Stoop parties
    – September move-in campaign: stoop parties, door-hangers, decals, etc.
    – Updates:
    – August 27, 9:30 am, Zoning Board of Appeal, Hearing Room 801, Boston City Hall: Another LLC requests seven zoning variances in order to subdivide the property at 527 Mass Ave and add a new building, with twice as much floor space as existing buildings in the Northampton St row. The proposed building would have both front and rear decks.
  • Melnea Cass Boulevard reconstruction – inadequate response to safety issues and destruction of tree canopy. See Friends of Melnea Cass Boulevard’s Facebook page to review project info and sign petition.
  • Shawmut Ave Community Day – Shawmut Ave from Lenox to Kendall will be closed for street play Saturday August 17, 12n-3pm. Volunteers needed for dunking booth, bike rodeo, and more.

  • Next Chester Square Neighbors’ Meetings: Wednesdays, Sept 4, Oct 2

June Meeting Agenda

Chester Square Neighbors
Agenda for Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 7pm
Hampton House, 155 Northampton St

  • Introductions
  • May meeting minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Friends of Chester Park Spring cleanup and planting: May 19th @ 9 am
  • 2019 stoop parties (guide for hosts and calendar to sign up) HH July 10?
  • New initiative for project notifications: Request / require developers to post info on project site.
  • New Boston Ventures presentation re: 566 Columbus Ave/USES
  • CSN brand
    • We strengthen relationships between neighbors, increase trust and mutual support.
    • We are called South End, Roxbury, and sometimes both (bisected by Mass Ave)
    • Our residents are as diverse as any in the city and our bylaws are inclusive (all who live or work here are welcome to participate fully).
    • 85-90% of our neighbors are tenants; most of our voting attendance is home owners.
  • Outreach – Most communications are by email to those who have signed up. Can we do more to make ourselves known? More stoop parties? More door-hangers?
  • Decals for front doors? Other ideas?
  • Parklet in parking space? PARK(ing) Day 2019, Friday, Sept 20
  • Trees ($10k Alexandra mitigation), inventory with Speak for the Trees
  • Updates
    • Shawmut Ave festival
    • Melnea Cass Boulevard

Next Chester Square Neighbors’ Meetings: Wednesdays, August 7, Sept 4

Summer Stoop Parties are Back!


An easy way to meet neighbors! Can you host? What does it take?

⦁ Front steps &/or sidewalk
⦁ Water & another beverage (CSN has large decanters)
⦁ Snacking food (small table available to borrow)
⦁ Welcome to passers-by (CSN has a banner)


⦁ Balloons, sidewalk chalk, games can make it fun
⦁ Invite others in your building to help, if you like
⦁ Folding chairs are sometimes good (Be sure to leave room for people to pass by.)
⦁ Some use a car to reserve parking space for expansive feel
Enjoy the company of your neighbors passing by on their way home. It’s a low-key event. And watch the schedule for other stoop parties on your street or neighboring streets

Let’s see if we can do a stoop party every week, and at least one on each street/block. Choose a date and time (typically 2 hours or so, weekday evening, maybe 4 or 5 to 7 or 8) using the form below, or reach out to Sara to sign up or answer any questions.

Photos from 2018 Stoop Party