Positive reaction to Art Park plan; BRA sets deadline

January 29, 2014
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The reaction was mostly positive during a Jan. 23 meeting held by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) on the plan to turn City-owned land between Parker and Terrace Streets into community gardens and residential and retail space.

The BRA has set a Feb. 7 deadline to comment on the project.

Mission Hill resident Joe Barry said he was originally against building anything on the site, but that the “very good project” won him over.

“I think the majority is for it,” he said.

About 40 people attended the meeting at the Tobin Community Center.

Sebastian Mariscal Studio, Inc. (SMS) plans to redevelop the land between Parker and Terrace Streets, also called the Art Park site, into 44 apartments and more than 50,000 square feet of green space.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) have been working together for almost two years to redevelop the Art Park site. The Art Park is an area with murals, mosaic footpath tiles and colorful furniture. The park would be dismantled, but some elements might be incorporated in the redeveloped site.

The BRA is accepting public comments at TylerN.bra@cityofboston.gov or 617-918-4349.

For more information on the project, visit bit.ly/1ff6S3T.

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