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Monday, August 27, 2012

Committee on Housing and Community Development to Meet on Thursday

The Committee on Housing and Community Development will be meeting on August 29th and on their agenda is a request that the Director of SPCD report in writing to the committee on the results of the meeting with the Magoun Square business owners and the Ward Five Alderman, to discuss parking and other issues affecting the decline in business in Magoun Square. This item was originally submitted by former Ward 4 Alderman Walter Pero over two years ago.

An in-house meeting took place in April that included city officials, business owners, the alderman and I. Many creative ideas were discussed to help improve the economic state of Magoun Square including making it more accessible to Tufts students and creating funding for storefront improvement efforts. You can read a recap of that meeting here.

The meeting is set for Wednesday August 29th at 6pm in the second floor committee room of City Hall and is open to the public, but is not designated as a Public Hearing. There are other important items on the agenda, as well. You can find those mentioned below.

The agenda also includes:
  • 192484: Discuss in Committee That the Director of SPCD provide this Board with the status of the lots on South Street and plans for an alternate location for an off leash dog park in Ward 2.
  • 193456: Discuss in Committee That the Director of SPCD (Housing) inform this Board what affordable housing opportunities are available for single individuals and if singles can enter the affordable housing lottery for two bedroom units.
  • 193572: Discuss in Committee That the Director of SPCD provide this Board with the final agreement with FRIT pertaining to the disposition of Yard 21 and inform this Board whether any covenants with IKEA or FRIT apply to future purchasers of the IKEA site at Assembly Square.
  • 193585: Requesting approval of the Union Square Revitalization Plan, per MGL c121B s48 and 760 CMR 12.00 et seq.

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