Meeting for Art Park project rescheduled

The City has rescheduled the community meeting for the Art Park project for March 6. The original meeting for Feb. 7 was postponed because of the weather.

The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Mission Church Parish Center. A back-up date of March 14 at the same location and time has also been scheduled in case of another postponement.

The project was approved in 2014 by the then Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals after a two-year community process. But it had been held up as Mission Hill residents Kathryn Brookins and her husband Oscar filed a lawsuit against the Sebastian Mariscal Studios (SMS) and the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals over the variances for the proposal. A motion to dismiss that lawsuit was granted last year and the City and SMS have been working on the proposal since.

The City first began exploring redeveloping the Art Park site in 2012. The site is City-owned land between Parker and Terrace streets that formerly contained murals, mosaic footpath tiles and colorful furniture, and community gardens that were operated by local residents. Locals were initially against the City’s plan, but many were eventually won over during a two-year process with the community benefits the project would provide, including a community garden.


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