The Community Alliance of Mission Hill (CAMH) met virtually on Dec. 15 for its monthly meeting. On the agenda was an update on student parties, as well as two properties. Around 30 people attended.
Last month we reported on an effort to document loud student parties and to hold landlords accountable. Dave Greenup, member of the MH Problem Properties Task Force, provided a year end summary of the project.
The task force selected three problem properties to place on the Citywide Problem Properties List. A property must receive four or more complaints within one year to be on the list. If the property owner does not address the issue within one week, the constable is brought in and a patrol car is stationed in front of the property. Other penalties could involve a lien being placed on the property, or the City acquiring the property.
Greenup reported that building owners and management companies are continuing to comply with demands, including drastic measures when necessary.
CAMH members expressed gratitude for Greenup’s ongoing efforts to curb what they view as an “escalating situation.” However, they were concerned that police patrols could be in short supply. Moreover, they suggested that officers write separate reports for each incident. They also want universities to educate their students about behavior expectations.
CAMH urged residents who witness loud parties to call 911 and to email a report to [email protected], including any photo or video evidence.
127-129 Fisher Ave.
MH Residents Maggie Cohn and Richard Gioardano plan to construct an additional house and garage on the site of their two-family home. The single-story addition would allow them to remain on the property as they age. The couple needs permission to build on the lot. CAMH members supported the project and its minimal impact. Abutters were also supportive. The project now needs to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
55-57 Delle Ave.
Three years ago, a fire devastated these adjacent brick townhouses, built in 1885. The owners were recently reimbursed by insurance and hope to rebuild their one-family home to a two-family. The historic exterior will be preserved, with changes occurring inside. The plan is to winterize the property to prevent further damage. CAMH members expressed no concerns regarding the project, and appreciated the historical preservation aspect and the opportunity to retain long-term neighbors. The project is set to go before the Zoning Board of Appeals.
CAMH meets remotely on the third Wednesday of every month. The next meeting will be on Jan. 19. To attend, email [email protected] for the Zoom meeting link.