To develop or not to develop.
In a blink of an eye, the Old Colony Avenue is rapidly transforming from old warehouses and factory buildings into residential developments complete with restaurants and retail. The old South Boston is hardly recognizable. Some residents think that this area of the neighborhood should be developed while others are strongly against it.
The large scale, much anticipated, Washington Village has leveled Crown Linens and a vacant block is ready to be developed. Across the street – the old Stadium restaurant is turning into condos and now a developer has proposed replacing the Notre Dame Education Center located at 200 Old Colony Ave. with a six-story building complete with 55 residential units, 26 parking spots and 9,500 square ground-floor space for the education center.
An abutters meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 12pm at the Washington Village office (240 Old Colony Ave.) A doctored/altered abutters meeting notice complete with the official seal of the City of Boston is circulating on social media – in particular the Southie Community Bulletin Board (no surprise there). This new altered flyer has all the original content of the memo generated by the City of Boston but added to it are fear-generating phrases like “Where are you going to park!!!” “More congestion!” “Snow Emergencies!” “Moving Trucks!” and the classic “More Traffic!” It also goes on to encourage residents to show up and oppose the development. The original notice from the City of Boston just encourages residents in the neighborhood to attend, learn more and make their own judgement.
Needless to say, we have a feeling that abutters meeting will be a doozy.
What do you think?