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  • Charlesview approved

    Posted on January 15th, 2010 Matt No comments

    Although it isn’t all we wanted I’m somewhat glad its done.  Let’s demolish some empty buildings!  And actually replace them with new buildings!

    Charlesview apartments approved

    Boston Business Journal – by Mary Moore

    The Boston Zoning Commission on Thursday approved a mixed-income development proposed by nonprofit builder The Community Builders and Charlesview Inc., the governing board of the Charlesview Apartments.

    The new Charlesview Residences in Allston will includee 240 rental units and 100 owned units.

    full story

    Also mild kudos to Harvard for coming up with creatives uses for an empty VW dealership… time to go to Play It Again sports for some cheap skates since its BYO-skates.

    Also also don’t forget to vote Tuesday.

  • Come out Oct 5, not tomorrow, for Charlesview

    Posted on September 22nd, 2009 Matt No comments

    Let your voice be heard!

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    RESCHEDULED Community Meeting – The Charlesview Redevelopment / PDA #74
    From: Rourke, Jay

    TOMORROW NIGHT’S COMMUNITY MEETING FOR THE CHARLESVIEW REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009 AT 6:00PM AND WILL BE HELD AT THE HONAN ALLSTON LIBRARY. THE CITY’S CHIEF PLANNER, KAIROS SHEN, WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THE MEETING BUT HAS A CONFLICT TOMORROW EVENING. I APOLOGIZE FOR THIS CHANGE IN SCHEDULE AND HOPE TO SEE YOU ON OCTOBER 5TH.

  • Next Charlesview Meeting 9/23

    Posted on September 4th, 2009 Matt No comments

    From Jay Rourke:

    On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 6:00pm the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s will conduct a community meeting, at the Honan Allston Library, 300 North Harvard Street, to discuss the Charlesview Redevelopment/Development Plan for Planned Development Area #74 proposal. The project is undergoing Large Project Review and Planned Development Area Review pursuant to Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code.

    The proposed project will provide a total of two hundred and sixty (260) rental units, inclusive of the two hundred and thirteen (213) replacement units at the existing Charlesview Site, along with an additional forty-seven (47) new rental units, and one hundred (100) new homeownership units.

    The Brighton Mills site will have twenty-five (25) individual buildings, including twenty (20) town homes, two (2) row houses, and three (3) mid-rise buildings. Building heights on Brighton Mills site will range from 2.5 stories at the neighborhood edges of Litchfield Street and Holton Street transitioning up to 3.5, 4, 5 and 6 stories for the mid-rise buildings that front Western Avenue. The Telford Street site will have a single building that steps-up from 6 to 8 stories at its uppermost corner.

    The proposed project also includes nearly 23,000 square feet of commercial/community space that will be housed in the proposed mid-rise buildings adjacent to the south side of Western Avenue.

    The proposed project will include a total of five hundred and twenty-one (521) parking spaces, including one hundred and eleven (111) surface parking spaces and two hundred and sixty (260) spaces in an underground garage on the Brighton Mills site and one hundred and fifty (150) spaces in an underground garage on the Telford Street site.

  • Support Positive Change in our Neighborhood!

    Posted on August 22nd, 2009 Matt 2 comments

    Community Artwork

    Art is always controverial, but its better than mindless graffiti and blight.

    Miles suggested flowers. Walsh suggested a skyline or clouds. Instead, in the weeks to come, the mural will fade to a blank wall.

    …a blank wall that will become quickly blighted.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/08/21/allston_x_men_theme_mural_soon_must_fade_to_blank/

    http://allston02134.blogspot.com/2009/08/say-goodbye-to-lincoln-st-mural.html

    This is where I break from some of the long time residents and where I try to be more pragmatic for the good of the community.  Whether you love it or hate it, its an improvement and its removal will not help our community.

    Support the new Corner Cafe coffee shop

    A new not for profit cafe has opened near the corner of Western and North Harvard St were Stadium Convenience and more recently a Boston Housing Police substation were located.  During a walk to Harvard Square I noticed the new shop.  Walking over to investigate I found that it had just closed.  The workers there were nice enough to open up and let us buy some ice cream.  They also showed one of my friends their refrigerator packed with pastries from Finale.  Would a chain store reopen after hours or be staffed by such courtious people?  I think not (no comments about some of the staff at Bruegger’s at Shaw’s)

  • Important Charlesview meeting this Monday

    Posted on August 22nd, 2009 Matt No comments

    We need to come together as a community and hammer home what the new Charlesview has to look like:

    1. Better integration with the community

    2. More public green space

    3. More small retail space

    4. Less density

    The latest proposal in July is much better than the one proposed last year, but it can still be better yet.  We deserve better.

    Repost:

    Press Release:

    August 24th: “Integration, Not Segregation!”
    Community Rally and March for a better Charlesview Plan
    Tell the BRA and Harvard “Enough is enough!” Preserve our Diversity, No
    Segregation Between Rich and Working People!

    Rally at 5:30 in Barry’s Corner (N. Harvard and Western Ave) at 5:30, walk
    together to the 6:30 meeting about the Charlesview Plan at the Career
    Recourse Center across from Brighton Mills McDonalds on Western Ave. We
    will also hold a picket during the meeting.

    After months of conversations with the community, the BRA, Harvard and the
    Charlesview board have decided to ignore the overwhelming opinion of our
    neighborhood and Charlesview tenants that the new Charlesview should
    reflect the rest of North Allston/Brighton. We want to preserve our
    diversity with a mixed income complex!

    The BRA/Harvard/Charlesview Board’s Plan is to build a complex that will
    house affluent tenants in market rate, waterfront housing, while sticking
    the lower-income residents in a separate area by the Brighton Mills
    parking lot.

    This plan flies in the face of their own studies:
    (Charlesview developers:) “Our experience has shown that, where the market
    is ready, public housing residents, working poor families, and market rate
    renters and owners, of different races, will live side by side in a high
    quality housing development, with first-rate program supports, culturally
    sensitive staff, and broadly appealing community activities.” This is a
    publication by The Community Builders, the Charlesview Development Group,
    titled “Resident Success in Economically Integrated, Socially Diverse
    Housing”
    http://www.tcbinc.org/what_we_do/resident_success/Ford_MIMR_Resident_…

    (Harvard:) This blog post cites several Harvard studies about the
    importance of integration and the damaging effects of economic
    segregation.
    http://allston02134.blogspot.com/2008/09/abnnfs-motivation-regarding-…