Recent news that the temporary North Washington Street Bridge and resulting pedestrian detours will be around for at least another 13 months has sparked outrage from vulnerable road users. I decided to take a closer look at the current conditions.
The Neighborhood Council held its October meeting on Monday night.
North Washington Street Bridge
MassDOT sent representatives to discuss the delays with the North Washington Street Bridge project. This was generally the same presentation that was given to the Resident's Association last week and covered here. MassDOT confirmed the following:
1972 WGBH news story about "hanging around" the North End
We hung around because it gave us a sense of belonging. In our little piece of turf - our self-assigned chunk of sidewalk - that was our country club. For members only.
In the rain, in the sun, on the weekday, on the weekend - we were there. Somebody was always there.
Tonight's community input meeting on Baystate Herbal Solutions' proposal for a dispensary at the former 7/11 will likely feature lots of discussion on the proposed location's proximity to the Eliot school on Charter Street. Specifically, whether the pot shop falls within the 500 foot buffer zone prescribed by the Code of Massachusetts Regulations on Adult Use of Marijuana.
The North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council and Residents Association have both sent letters to the Zoning Board of Appeals expressing their opposition to the (now approved) Cross Street Hotel Project.
Both letters discuss quality of life issues including traffic and noise as well as concerns about the granted zoning variance for Floor Area Ratio.