Friday, May 17, 2013
Charlestown residents were asked their thoughts on the development of parks and other open space in the area once Rutherford Avenue is reconstructed.
Though the completion of the Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square roadway project is possibly a decade away, the city is asking Charlestown residents to begin looking at what they want the land around the new corridor to look like. Ted Schwartzberg, a neighborhood planner with the Boston Redevelopment Authority, led a meeting at the Schrafft’s Center cafeteria Thursday night that kicked off the “Sullivan Square Disposition Study” process—an approximately eight-month review of what the community would like to see done with new parcels created by the roadway project as well as an overall vision of the finished corridor. The BRA in March awarded the disposition study to consultant team Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge, and the process will …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The city has suggested changing one-ways between Medford and Bunker Hill in response to Allston Street residents' concerns about speeding on their road.
[UPDATED Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10:47 p.m. Editor's Note: In the original version of this article, the CNC member leading the meeting was misidentified as Paul Clausen. Clausen was not at the meeting; instead, it was Precinct 5 representative Richard McCarthy who led the meeting.] When Allston Street residents raised concerns about vehicles speeding down their one-way street, the city responded with a plan to reverse the direction of two other one-way streets nearby, to help ease traffic flow between Medford and Bunker Hill streets. But the plan comes with a new set of problems. According to Boston Transportation Department procedure, for the change to take effect, the Allston Street residents must convince more than half of their neighbors on …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Do more questions remain about the underpass or surface options, or are you ready to see the project move forward?
The Boston Transportation Department hosted a final public meeting last Thursday, Dec. 6 on the design options for the Rutherford Avenue and Austin Street intersection. Now city officials expect to make a decision—surface option or underpass reconstruction—within the next three months. So what do you think: Was the meeting productive? Do you feel that anything new was presented at the Dec. 6 meeting? Was anything said to change your mind? Or are there questions you feel still haven't been answered regarding either option for the project? Is it time to move on, or should the issue be further discussed? Take our poll below and then tell us your thoughts in the comments section.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The Boston Transportation Department plans to make a decision on what to do with the Austin Street intersection within the next three months.
Charlestown residents who turned out for one final community meeting on the Rutherford Avenue corridor project Thursday night argued passionately for their sides—revisiting old concerns and raising new questions, too. But whether they were for keeping the underpass at Rutherford and Austin Street or supported bringing the roadway to the surface, nearly everyone seemed ready to move forward, urging city officials to make a decision soon. Hosted by the Boston Transportation Department, the public meeting was held at the Knights of Columbus hall on Medford Avenue and drew a standing room-only crowd, with many surface option supporters wearing green stickers that stated their views. BTD Commissioner Tom Tinlin moderated the meeting, which was …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Boston Transportation Commissioner Thomas J. Tinlin and consultants from Tetra Tech presented the plan to the community last night.
Officials from the Boston Transportation Department and consultants from Tetra Tech presented what they billed as a third, “hybrid” option for the redesign and redevelopment of the Rutherford Avenue/Sullivan Square corridor to the Charlestown Neighborhood Council’s transportation committee and roughly 100 residents last night at the new Knights of Columbus hall on Medford St. Representatives from the offices of Rep. Mike Capuano and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina also attended the meeting, where residents heard a new proposal that melds elements of both the “surface” and “tunnel” options into a new, “hybrid” plan, featuring the removal of the underpass at Sullivan Square, while the Austin Street underpass would be rebuilt. The plan …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
BTD to present third, "hybrid," option for the future of Rutherford Avenue.
The Transportation Committee of the Charlestown Neighborhood Council will host a meeting with residents and senior representatives of the Boston Transportation Department tonight at the new Knights of Columbus at 545 Medford St. tonight at 7 p.m. The meeting, to discuss plans for the redevelopment of the Rutherford Avenue/Sullivan Square area, is the latest in a series of hearings designed to put a development plan in place that residents can embrace. Two options have been floated over the past several years, and it appeared the “surface option,” which would eliminate the underpasses on Rutherford Avenue, was poised to win out, but following a backlash from some in the community, including state Rep. Michael Capuano, the City of Boston has…