ESNA Minutes -
December 6, 2006
meeting: Jan 3, 2007
is open. Submit topics to John McLachlan at
14, 2006 next meeting at USES (Tubman house)
cards now available for buses/T. Tokens can be turned in for a Charlie
card. For more information on the Charlie Card, go to: www.mbta.com
End Holiday Market: Dec 9-10, 10AM-6PM
incidents: yard/alley break-in between Union Park and Waltham St; Butcher
Shop having trash problems/valet problems
Neck Art Presentation: Bob Wells and Anne McQueen (co-chairs
of Neck Art Project)
Shauna Gilley Smith (primary artist working at Martha Schwartz).
Collaborating with Franz Cormier and Michael Kip Kelly. Well known
landscape designers and architects.
on Washington St in Peters Park near Project Place. The location is right
at the edge of what was once water and land. Project Place has a
commitment to return the space (which is now a construction zone) as they
found it. They will restore the land and replace the bleachers for the
- 3 burms
(landforms that rise/swoop). One side is green (soft greenery -
pachysandra), one side is blue. Top ridge will be lit with blue led light
strips at night. Very subtle lighting.
will have a raised edge.
have approvals on a preliminary basis from landmarks and parks. Need $75,000 for the artwork and $25-50,000
needed for additional landscaping. Maintenance upkeep will include a
maintenance endowment. Boston Art commission will select a conservator to
review the plans to determine how much money is needed to be raised.
of highest point is about 5 ft when standing in the park. From the
sidewalk it is effectively lower.
will be signage describing the significance of the art
to start construction in spring 07.
came to ESNA asking for our support letter to Brownfund presentation.
7 Dwight Street: Kim Rosen, Kevin Canavan (owners)
for approval of construction of two decks on their building
- 20 ft
x 7 ft to be flush with building next door. Supported by 2 beams coming
down to the ground that do not get in the way of parking or access.
be built on land owned by the condo association
of support from abutters
continuity reasons” they want 7 ft even though landmarks are limiting decks
floor owners (Trahn) object because they feel it will block light into
are concerned that the amount of light in their apartment will be
reduced. Canavan/Rosen said that they have spoken with architect
regarding the issue of light and they determined that the unit only gets 2
hours of direct sunlight so Canavan/Rosen don’t feel the Trahns will be
feel it was “assumed” that Canavan/Rosen got approval from them. It had
been discussed in condo association meetings and the Trahns did say they
were open to Canavan/Rosen putting up decks but had not seen any plans on
what they would look like and the potential affect it would have on their
property and light. There was not a formal “approval” or vote on the
decks being constructed.
first saw the plans on 12/4. Canavan/Rosen said they have been available
for up to 2 months but just shared them with the Trahns on 12/4. They
supplied no reason for not sharing them sooner.
are also concerned about value of home.
offered to hire an appraiser of the Trahns choice to review appraise the
value of their unit both pre/post construction of decks and also offered
them full access to parking during construction time. Canavan/Rosen asked
that the Trahns find someone who could do it this Friday or Saturday
because they do not want to postpone their appeal.
date is Tuesday, Dec 12. They applied to schedule the appeal 4-9 months
ago. Procedurallly, they did
not give abutters adequate time to review plans or prepare for the appeal
and they did not give ESNA enough time to properly review prior to the
are still asking to move forward and asked ESNA to vote on the proposal
Vote – The membership unanimously agreed: We are not taking a
position on the proposal at this time due to the fact that direct
abutters in the building have not come to an agreement.
Athens II: Beer and Wine Sales – Anna Antonios
Councilor Sam Yoon: Q&A with the councilor and his staff