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Letter: Preserve CANA 3 as Open Space?

Peter Dodds suggests a community garden might be a better use for the plot than the 17-home plan currently slated for it.

To the readers of the Charlestown Patch, 

I live on Park Street next to the undeveloped piece of land that is bordered by Park and Warren streets, known as CANA 3. The site is owned by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

There is now a plan to develop this site with 17 townhouses and this has been under discussion for some time.

As the City of Boston is now giving serious consideration to expanding the concept of "urban agricultural sites" in open spaces, it occurred to me that the Charlestown Community might want to support an initiative to have CANA 3 be incorporated into this program.

The site could be given to community gardens, with agricultural and floral themes and could also include an open space for all members of the community to enjoy.

Thus one of the remaining open spaces in this part of the city would be permanently dedicated to the enjoyment and use of our community and visitors.

Cynics might say that this is a a self-serving effort on my part. I will readily agree that if I could choose, I would prefer the site to be left undeveloped and thus avoid the additional congestion and disruption that development would certainly bring.

I must stress however that I can clearly see the attraction and benefit that would accrue to the community if the site can be left undeveloped, the chain fence removed and this sunny and open space dedicated to active, open use by the community.

The purpose of this letter is to try to measure the interest of the Charlestown Community in supporting such an initiative.

Without strong, active, vocal support I have to say that it is unlikely that such an effort will have any chance of success, so your comments will be most useful and welcome.

Peter G.R. Dodds
Park Street, Charlestown.

Kasey Hariman March 23, 2012 at 03:52 PM
If anyone is interested in some more additional history of the spot, Helen O'Neil wrote a great column on the area: http://charlestown.patch.com/articles/warren-green. So, which do folks prefer for that spot? A larger park with gardens and landscaping, or condominiums?
Seamus O'Sullivan March 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Classic NIMBY here. If you want open space, you have the training field about 20 seconds away and a park across the Rutherford ave. intersection. There is no lack of outdoor space in Charlestown.
Joseph March 23, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I'm guessing Mr. Dobbs is also opposed to the development of 40 Warren Street?? Using the green space argument is a weak ploy on your part sir. Once Rutherford Avenue is redesigned, Charlestown will have ample green space. Space that will benefit a far greater number of residents than this particular lot. G'day.
PGRD March 24, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Thanks you for your comments; I readily admit to " NIMBY" syndrome, as I openly confessed in my original letter and it is my guess that at least 99% of the population has probably adopted NIMBY at some time. It is only human nature. CANA 3 is a nice piece of open land that offers a number of opportunities for use by the community, not offered by either the Training Field or City Square. There will be additional permanent congestion and a number of public parking spaces will be lost. I wanted to make sure that the community has the opportunity to contemplate the impact of the permanent loss of this very pleasant, attractive open space. Peter Dodds
Dan March 25, 2012 at 07:12 PM
How about leaving the fence up and make it a proper dog park, it's just big enough. We really don't have any spaces for dogs to run around off leash in C-Town (proper dog park). If we could find a second spot on the other side of town like this our dogs would be ecstatic! I really don't see anyone building there anyways, between the cost of building being higher as part of the tunnel passes under part of the property and the lack of much of a basement parking will have to be at grade level. if not on the street. Are you willing to have a little barking next door?
PGRD March 25, 2012 at 11:54 PM
As long as people pick up after the dogs I have no problem with that, whatsoever.
Dan March 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I don't think that would be a problem. As we would have a bag station or two with a trash bin and make sure to get someone to take care of it every trash day. PGRD are you willing to help sway the rest of the neighbors and the city? Hopefully other dog owners will see this posting and pipe up on volunteering their efforts to make it happen.

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