We'd like to inform our membership of the recent proposed changes to ACNA's by-laws. In completion of an effort that began in 2015, the ACNA Board made certain changes to the Association's By-Laws to improve their clarity, simplify the way the Association conducts business, and to make the neighborhood association stronger. In particular, the by-law changes clarify the criteria for being a member or director of the Association; clarify what constitutes notice; simplify the membership fees; create staggered terms for Board members, and modify the neighborhood boundary to be more inclusive. A full summary can be found here. We will discuss further at our Annual Meeting on April 3, 2019.
Commencing this summer, the MBTA will be performing construction adjacent to the Green Line Fenway Station. Large steel doors will be installed at the entrance to the Green Line tunnel next to Fenway Station to protect the subway from potential future flooding. Construction of flood prevention measures will occur over the next 16 months, commencing this summer.
For further project information, including regularly updated schedules of construction activities, please see the MBTA website: https://www.mbta.com/projects/fenway-portal-project.
On May 13th, 2017, Mayor Walsh and other Boston officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the $7M project that will renovate Audubon Cirlce.
The project is expected to complete Spring 2018. Contractors are currently ahead of schedule and have begun to install permeable soil along the edge of the street that will help keep the street trees in good health.
ACNA hosted its annual holiday party at Sol Azteca on December 9th. Neighbors showed up in good cheer and shared a memorable night together.
The Boston Transportation Department (BTD), with input from the Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association (ACNA), has been working for years to redesign Audubon Circle, improve traffic flow, increase safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, and beautify the intersection for residents and visitors. Funds for the redesign have been provided by both the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts.
The newly designed intersection will include four small garden areas at each corner that will contain native plantings, benches and a low wall topped by a light cap. These design elements will help to enhance the circular design already present in the architecturally significant buildings surrounding the Circle. The gardens are designed to be environmentally friendly and will utilize a water capture system that directs rainwater into the garden areas.
ACNA has agreed to maintain the gardens for at least 10 years and local developers including Children’s Hospital, Samuels Associates, and Chestnut Hill Realty have made significant contributions to a Circle maintenance fund. These funds will be used for plantings, general upkeep and repair of various components of the garden areas when needed.
This past June the project passed a major milestone when the City of Boston Public Improvement Commission approved the project, allowing BTD to finalize design plans and put the project out for bid. While an exact date for breaking ground has not been set, hopes are construction will begin in Spring 2016 if not sooner.
Stay tuned for more updates from ACNA!
In an effort to broaden their amenities to their customers, Regal Fenway is applying for a liquor service license to the city of Boston.
The ACNA Board voted to write a letter of recommendation that they be granted such a license.
After a devastating fire in 2014, in which 877 Beacon Street was nearly destroyed, the owner is now making plans to convert the building from office space to residential.
If you have any questions, require additional information or would like to be added to the Project Contact List, please email the projectmailbox at MuddyRiver@usace.army.mil