February 22, 2011
Attendance: Andrea Howley, Pamela Bender, Michael Reiskind, Jesse Abair, David Baron, Red Burrows,
Francesca Fordiani, Jeremy Harold, Ben Knappmiller, Orion Kriegman, Steven Lussier, Emily Wheelwright,
Jesse White, Jay Zoldak.
Other Attendees: Vineet Gupta (Boston Transportation Department), Kate-Marie Roycroft (Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’ office), Heather Perez (Councillor Felix Arroyo’s office), Fernando Mercedes (Councillor Matt O’Malley’s office),
Patrick Rosso (Boston Bulletin), Chris Helms (Jamaica Plain Patch).
Called to Order at 7:13pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain by Andrea Howley.
1. Introductions: Members of the JPNC introduced themselves.
- The second Forum on the Hi-Lo change to Whole Foods will be on Monday, February 28 at 7:00pm at the J.F.Kennedy School, 7 Bolster Street.
- There will be a meeting on the new crossing planned for Eliot Street & Jamaicaway on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00pm at the Arnold Arboretum Hunnewell Building. Hosted by the Mass. Department of Conservation & Recreation.
- The monthly MBTA Board meeting will be on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:00pm at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza. This is a critical meeting for the funding for the Arborway Yard.
- There will be a Route 39 Corridor Improvement meeting on Wednesday, March 2 at 6:30pm at the Agassiz School.
Hosted by the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
- Councillor Matt O’Malley will host a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, March 7 at 6:30pm at the Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre Street.
- The Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) will be meeting on Thursday, March 10 at
7:00pm at the State Laboratories, 305 South Street.
3. Neighborhood Input:Centre/South Streets Corridor Transportation Plan – Vineet Gupta, Director of Planning at the City of Boston Transportation Department (BTD) gave an update about the planning effort started by the City in 2009 for the section of Centre and South Streets from Jackson Square to Forest Hills. It is a joint effort by the BTD, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services. The idea is to develop guidelines for the whole Corridor, and create concept designs for three significant areas in the Corridor. Mr. Gupta handed out Vision Guidelines for the Corridor and the concept designs for the three areas: The Mozart Park-Jackson Square (area one) proposal was developed after an extensive walk-through with merchants. The Hyde Square (area two) proposal will not have any loss of parking and buses will be accommodated. There were questions about whether the plan looked at traffic changes related to a Whole Foods Market coming to the area, and whether the capacity of the rotary can cause bottlenecks. Mr. Gupta said that they do not have any data on changes for the Market, but will do a renewed study when it is available. He said that the planned constriction at the rotary should not change the capacity in Hyde Square. The Monument (area three) proposals did not have as much consensus and so two alternative concepts are still on the table. There were questions on parking loss, whether buses and fire trucks can make U-turns in the new proposals, the look of the “apron”, and whether there would be a new traffic signal in both proposals. There was also a question on the height of the new crosswalks, whether they can be even height with the sidewalks. Mr. Gupta said that idea is still in the design – but not everywhere, just where it is feasible. Mr. Gupta also handed out the bicycle plan for the Corridor which was implemented in the Fall of 2010. The draft report on the concept phase will be out in March. Then Mr. Gupta will finish a final report and hire new consultants for the next phases to bring the concepts to fruition and then construction. There is no construction funding yet, and they are now budgeting for the remaining design phase. The first meeting of the new phase will be in July 2011.
4. Minutes: The minutes from the previous (January 25, 2011) JPNC meeting were then handed out. There were changes to the attendance section of the minutes: The names of Francesca Fordiani and Peggy O’Connor were removed, and those of Ben Knappmiller and Jesse White were added. Motion by Red Burrows to approve the minutes
from the January 2011 meeting. Seconded by Jesse Abair. Passed 14-0-0.
5. Scheduling of Future Business:
- Francesca Fordiani spoke about planning for a second special meeting/forum on the recent violent incidents in Jamaica Plain. The first planning meeting on January 10 had thought that a second forum combined with a resource fair would be a good idea. The second planning meeting on February 17 was attended by folks from JPNC, JP Walk for Peace, Beantown Society, JP Violence Intervention and Prevention Collaborative, and the So. JP Health Center. The youth groups did not like the idea of a forum, and they also thought that there are a lot of resources that are already known or can be connected to the needed people. Resources can be connected to folks by building relationships. To have a public event we must choose the right topic. Youth jobs is the most important issue for the youth. Francesca Fordiani said the planning group will meet again on March 10 at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center.
Andrea Howley mentioned that the JPNC promised to have a followup meeting on this issue for the whole community. Orion Kriegman asked for a forum with a resources available so that the community can feel connected to the institutions which help reduce violence. Perhaps we can use our website as an information tool. Perhaps the institutions can benefit with more volunteers and money. Dave baron asked if the police were involved. Some members called for the JPNC Youth Committee to be reconstituted. Are we dealing with two issues – community healing and youth affairs?Fernando Mercedes said that we need to reestablish family values and jobs for families. Kate-Marie Roycroft said that Jamaica Plain could use an overall youth umbrella agency (like Mission Hill’s which meets once a month). Heather Perez has been working on their annual youth summit. Orion Kriegman repeated that people want to be basically informed about what is going on and what resources are already out there. We also need to have better connections to the Latino community. Francesca Fordiani’s committee will continue planning and add Orion Kriegman to help with planning an information forum.
6. Committee Reports: