BOSTON – With the unprecedented development boom of the South Boston Waterfront over the last decade and more, Council President Ed Flynn, Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty and the South Boston Elected Officials have advocated for several years on the critical need for more public infrastructure to accommodate this population expansion, including new public safety facilities. Last year, Council President Flynn and Councilor Flaherty successfully secured $13 million for the design and construction of a new EMS station, and this year, Mayor Wu’s Administration announced $4 million in the FY24 Capital Plan for the programming and design of a new Fire Station in the South Boston Waterfront.
Due to this rapid growth, Council President Flynn, Councilor Flaherty, and the South Boston Elected Officials have long called attention to the need for basic city services and public safety resources in the area – such as Police, Fire, EMS and a public library; however, the omission of public safety resources has become exacerbated by dozens of life science and other proposals in planning stages throughout the District. Moreover, concerns about the ability of first responders to reach an emergency in the area during rush hour traffic have persisted. Mayor Wu, then a member of the City Council, joined Council President Flynn and Councilor Flaherty on a hearing order regarding basic city services at the South Boston Waterfront.
“We have long said that our neighbors in Fort Point and the South Boston Waterfront deserve the same access to basic city services as any other neighborhood. We are proud that there will be $4 million in the FY24 Capital Plan for a new Firehouse in the South Boston Waterfront,” said Council President Flynn. “Thank you to Mayor Wu, the South Boston Elected Officials, and our neighbors for your advocacy over the last several years on this critical public safety issue.”
“With the influx of new residents and visitors to the South Boston Waterfront and Fort Point area, it was important to prioritize public safety with a new firehouse in order to provide the very best emergency services to the people of Boston,” said At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty.
For more information, please contact Council President Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and [email protected].
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
13 million for an EMS station where the ambulances stay on the road 90% of the time and only 4 million for the Fire station?