Task force reports uptick in daytime student parties

The Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) met on April 20, where it heard an update regarding problem properties and considered two petitions. Around 35 members of the public attended.

Problem Properties

CAMH Working Group member Dave Greenup discussed his group’s collaboration with the Mission Hill Problem Properties Task Force (MHPPTF). According to him, there have been several recent reports of loud daytime parties, including several on Calumet Street.

A video showed some 80 students dancing to loud music in the backyard of 95 Calumet St. on the afternoon of Patriots Day, April 19. The video was sent to Northeastern University officials and City Councilor Kenzie Bok.

Homeowners want to know what the City and universities can do to curb the behavior and whether or not large outdoor gatherings require permits. One resident suggested that colleges offer up their campus for such events “so residents of Mission Hill can enjoy their weekends at home.”

Greenup encouraged impacted residents to continue to document and report loud parties.

1619 Tremont St.

The former Flann O’Brien’s will soon be Yellow Door Taqueria. The owner wants to transfer the old pub’s liquor license to the new restaurant and create outdoor seating. Eighty-eight percent of those in attendance voted for the proposal. CAMH will submit a letter of support to the Boston Licensing Board, which will consider the proposal on May 25th. 

1558 Tremont St.

The owner of the old funeral home at 1558 Tremont St. wants to tear it down, along with the adjacent parking lot, and build a seven-story residence. The building would include 109 rental units (down from 139 in the original plan). There would be ten parking spaces and reserved parking for local businesses.

Meeting attendees expressed several concerns about the proposal, including the excessive height and density, its potential impact on traffic and trash, and its lack of parking and delivery spots. Residents also noted the scarcity of owner-occupied homes in Mission Hill that could attract longer-term residents.

Developers said they would consider the feedback and return to CAMH with a revised plan for a four-story building that would fit in with the neighborhood. Residents can provide additional input on the BPDA website until May 23.

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