January 11, 2021 LANA Meeting

LANA will meet at 7 pm on Monday, January 11th, 2021 via Zoom.  Please register by Eventbrite (link is below).  Everyone is welcomed. Agenda items include:  

  • Zoning variances
    • 34-36 Guernsey
    • 15-17 Arborough Road.  
  • Amendments to the LANA Bylaws (Click on links below to see the original bylaws and proposed changes)
  • Net Zero Energy and Climate Change.  Brief presentation by James Michel, founder of the Boston Clean Energy Coalition.  
  • Community Choice Electricity – Your Questions Answered – Presentation and Q&A with Aidan Smith, Boston’s Community Choice Electricity Outreach Coordinator. 

Please register no later than 6 pm of the day of the meeting to get the Zoom link.  We are trying to avoid Zoom bombers.  Thanks.  All are welcome.

Boston City Council Supports LAND grant and Endorses Saving 108 Walter for Open Space

Councilors O’Malley and Arroyo sponsored a resolution supporting the recently awarded LAND – Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity – grant to the City of Boston from the state.  The grant provides funding to help the City purchase the largest privately owned parcel, 108 Walter Street, in the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild area for permanent use as open space.  The resolution passed unanimously.  

Thank you, Boston City Councilors, for your support!

Sign the Petition for 104-108 Walter Street

We need your help and support to get the City to take the final actions to acquire 104-108 Walter Street before the end of 2020!  Please sign the petition and voice your support.  Get your friends and neighbors to sign it, too.   You can sign the petition at change.org by clicking here:  Petition · Marty Walsh: Support for Open Space, Climate Resiliency, & Affordable Housing at 104-108 Walter Street · Change.org

Governor announces LAND grant for the Roslindale Wetlands

Governor Baker announced on November 5, 2020 that Boston will be receiving $387,005 grant from the Local Acquisition for Natural Diversity (LAND) program administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  This money will help purchase 108 Walter Street, the largest unprotected parcel in the Roslindale Wetlands.  See: Baker-Polito Administration Announces $8.7 Million to Support Local Parks, Land Conservation | Mass.gov  for additional details.  

LANA and the Roslindale Wetlands Task Force worked closely with the City of Boston on this successful application.  Senator Mike Rush and Representatives Ed Coppinger and Nika Elugardo helped support the LAND grant application. City Councilors Arroyo, Campbell, Essaibi-George, Flaherty, O’Malley, Mejia, and Wu all registered their support as well. 

LANA meeting – November 9, 2020

Zoom recording of November 9, 2020 meeting.

LANA Bi-monthly Board meeting – Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7 pm.

LANA will be holding its bi-monthly board meeting on Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7 pm.  This will be a virtual meeting on Zoom. We are asking people to register via Eventbrite.  You will then be emailed the Zoom link in late afternoon a couple hours before the meeting.  We are asking people to pre-register so that we can avoid Zoom bombers. All are welcomed to attend. 

Highlights of the November LANA Board meeting include:

  • State Representative Nika Elugardo will be joining us to update us on legislative issues.  
  • Beacon Academy who recently acquired 814 South Street will be introducing themselves to LANA and the neighborhood. 
  • Brief discussion on a resident’s requested zoning variance at 1504 Centre to enable interior improvements. 
  • Update on the future of 104-108 Walter Street for affordable home ownership and protection of Roslindale Wetlands.  

Click here to access the agenda for the LANA board meeting. If you have questions or wish LANA to address an issue, please email:  longfellowarea@gmail.com.

COVID-safe candy distribution for Halloween

One of our neighbors in the LANA area created a form for people to fill out if they will be doing COVID-safe candy distribution for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. They will use the form to generate a map that folks can download or print so they can know where to find houses to trick or treat at that are taking precautions. Only fill out if you will be giving out candy. The form is here: https://forms.gle/VkuYNHTf4wadN2W38

104-108 Walter Street Community Workshop/Charrette II- Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7 pm

Attend the online community workshop to see alternative site plans based on the ideas and comments from participants in the Oct. 1 community workshop. 

We’ll explore how to best balance the goals of advancing equity with the creation of up to four units of affordable home ownership, largely on 104 Walter, and climate resiliency with the conservation of open space, largely on 108 Walter.  

Advance registration is required and ends one hour prior to the event. 

LANA thanks the Kuehn Charitable Foundation and CEDAC for their support.

Roslindale Wetlands Discovery Walk – Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2 pm

Come see the Roslindale Wetlands in the fall and learn about 104-108 Walter Street, the largest remaining privately-owned section of the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild. The City is receptive to acquiring this property for protecting the wetlands and creating several (up to four) units of affordable homeownership. Come explore the area and see what it’s all about in expectation of future community meetings to help shape the future of this important piece of land.

Gather at the corner of Selwyn and Robken Road.  Please wear your mask and practice social distancing.  Sturdy shoes are advised.  

Future of 104-108 Walter Street by the Roslindale Wetlands Site – Online Community Workshop

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The Longfellow Area Neighborhood Association (LANA) and the Roslindale Wetlands Task Force (RWTF) are hosting two community workshops to explore the future of 104-108 Walter Street, which is now for sale.  LANA and RWTF have been urging the City to purchase the property to permanently protect the largest privately owned parcel in the designated Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild area (largely 108 Walter) and to create up to four units of affordable home ownership, largely on 104 Walter.  We want to share what has been happening and get your input and comments. 

Thursday, October 1 at 7 pm.  LANA and RWTF are hosting a virtual community workshop, which will be an introduction and discussion about the future of 104-108 Walter.  We want to let you know what’s been happening and hear your questions and ideas.   Please click here for free registration.  Links to the virtual workshop will be sent to you.