January 25, 2011
Attendance: Andrea Howley, Pamela Bender, Michael Reiskind, Karley Ausiello, Steven Backman, David Baron, Red Burrows,
David Demerjian, Ben Knappmiller, Orion Kriegman, Steve Laferriere, Steven Lussier, Emily Wheelwright, Jesse White.
Other Attendees: Henry Allen (CPCAY), Allan Ihrer (CPCAY), Kate-Marie Roycroft (Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez’ office),
Heather Perez (Councillor Felix Arroyo’s office), Fernando Mercedes (Councillor Matt O’Malley’s office),
Valerie Frias (Councillor Matt O’Malley’s office), Marco Torres (Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services),
Peter Shanley (Jamaica Plain Patch).
Called to Order at 7:15pm at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain by Andrea Howley.
1. Introductions: Members of the JPNC introduced themselves.
- The Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) will be meeting on Thursday, February 10 at 7:00pm at the State Laboratories, 305 South Street.
- State of Our Neighborhood Forum will be held on Tuesday, February 15 at 6:00pm at the English High School, Williams Street & Amory Street.
3. Neighborhood Input:
Community Planning Committee for the Arborway Yard (CPCAY) – Henry Allen and Allan Ihrer from the CPCAY gave a presentation about the thirteen-year fight to get the MBTA to build a permanent facility at the Arborway Yard. Henry Allen said that when it is built, there will be 8 acres of surplus land given to the City as land for community uses such as affordable housing, open space or small businesses. The JPNC and the City of Boston have been key supporters of this struggle. The temporary facility has been in place for seven years – it was built only to last for five years. The process has now reached a critical stage in the funding: the design is 90% complete and the project is shovel-ready. But the Arborway Yard’s funds ($200 million) were removed from the MBTA’s Capital Investment Plan (CIP) for 2010-2015 and also 2011-2016. April’s Board Meeting is the critical vote to get the funding request restored. Henry Allen asked for organizational support in this fight, as well as individual signatures on an on-line petition (http://www.jpndc.org/news.html). Allan Ihrer then summarized the history of the process, with the Bartlett Yard history affecting the Arborway yard, nw creating a new blight. rp. Liz malia and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz have filed legislation for state funding of the project, but the strategy is to flood the Mass. DOT Board with letters, attend Board meetings leading up the April vote, and have public events at the Arborway yard such as block
parties and standouts.
4. Minutes: The minutes from the previous (December 14, 2010) JPNC meeting were then handed out. Motion by Red Burrows to approve the minutes from the December 2010 meeting. Seconded by Emily Wheelwright.
5. Scheduling of Future Business:
- The Hi-Lo Supermarket is closing and being rented by the owner to Whole Foods. It is proposed that the JPNC hold a first community meeting to figure out the community needs with this change. The meeting attendees may discuss whatever they want, including zoning, permitting and employment issues. No Whole Foods representative will attend the meeting. It will be held at the John F. Kennedy School auditorium on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:00pm. Motion by Steve Laferriere to choose Tuesday, February 8 as the date for this meeting. Passed 14-0-0. The Neighborhood Council’s Housing & Development Committee (H&DC) will plan the meeting and outreach to the neighborhood. The JPNC Executive Committee should hand off the tasks to the H&DC. There will be a planning meeting on Monday, January 31 at JP Licks at 7:00pm.
- The Mayor’s Office has organized a meeting for employees of Hi-Lo. It will explain the resources available, such as unemployment payments, job search and ABCD heating assistance. Whole Foods has promised to interview laid off Hi-Lo employees. The meeting will be on Friday, January 28 at the Connolly Branch Library from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The employees are being reached through aggressive flyering. There was a bit of a problem with Knapp Foods helping to reach out to former workers.
- The members spoke about planning for a second special meeting/forum on the recent violent incidents in Jamaica Plain. The first forum set some ideas into motion. There is a lot of resources out there, especially grief counseling. Francesca Fordiani said the planning group will meet in early February.- Planners from the Centre/South Streets Corridor Transportation Plan will be asked to come and present an update at the February 22 meeting of the JPNC. - CoolJP is asking for time at the JPNC’s February or March meeting to give a presentation on how reduce energy use and carbon footprint. They are trying to get residents to sign up for energy audits through Renew Boston. The JPNC asked them to come to the March 29 meeting.
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