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Elected officials issue letter on buffer

Dear Friends:

The Boston Conservation Commission heard the people of East Boston last week and granted a two-week delay of their decision on a buffer between the neighborhood and Massport's proposed Green Bus Depot. However, the fight isn't over. We will continue to insist that local residents be included in the planning process.

Thank you for your efforts on this matter and on all issues that affect the quality of life for East Boston families and working folks. The letter that I - in concert with Sen. Anthony Petruccelli and Rep. Carlo Basile - submitted to the Commission is included below. I will continue to work to make sure that government listens to its citizens.


Salvatore LaMattina
District 1 City Councilor


March 23, 2011

Chris Busch
Executive Director
Boston Conservation Commission
Boston City Hall, Room 805
Boston, MA 02201

Dear Mr. Busch:

The neighborhood of East Boston has always been a vital link in the commercial development and transportation infrastructure of eastern Massachusetts. As a result, the community's residents have absorbed a significant chunk of the inconvenience posed by the presence of Logan Airport and the harbor tunnels. Because their quality of life is greatly affected by construction and development at the airport, the families and working people who call East Boston home ask only that their voices be heard in the planning stages of such projects and that their concerns be addressed with all due seriousness in the eventual outcome.

We have been supportive of the proposed East Boston-Chelsea Bypass as a way to lessen congestion on local streets and make traffic between the two locations flow more easily and more safely. We also support the proposed Green Bus Depot, a move that will reduce vehicle trips through East Boston and Chelsea. It is imperative, however, that the North Service Area Edge Buffer Path be included as part of this project. The buffer was agreed to by Massport, there was mitigation money set aside to build it, and community groups have developed a plan and introduced that plan to local residents. Massport's proposed buffer is a row of trees between the depot and the MBTA train tracks - and this is clearly not sufficient.

A path that helps extend the East Boston Greenway to connect Constitution Beach with Bremen Street Park and Jeffries Point would create a place for walking, jogging, biking and skating in one of the city's most densely settled areas while adding a narrow but necessary buffer between the airport and residential areas. We, therefore, request that the commission mandate that Massport meet with community groups and residents to discuss the buffer and Greenway extension. Residents deserve to be part of the process on this matter.

Salvatore LaMattina
District 1 City Councilor

Carlo Basile
Representative, First Suffolk

Anthony Petruccelli
Senator, First Suffolk & Middlesex


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