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City Hall Meeting Outcomes

posted May 21, 2018, 5:10 PM by Deb Beatty Mel   [ updated May 21, 2018, 5:26 PM ]

On May 16, four representatives of the Roslindale Wetlands Task Force met at City Hall with property owners Brendan and Greg Feeney and Michael Ahern. The gathering was facilitated by City Councilor Tim McCarthy and his chief of staff, Lee Blasi.

The Task Force requested that the owners hold off for six months from any further actions to advance the project with the city so that potential alternatives can be explored to preserve the land as green space. The owners indicated that they would consider our request to hold.

As a follow-up to the meeting, the Task Force presented the signed petitions to the owners, which includes more than 1,100 signatures from our online petition as well as pen-and-ink signatures from abutters and nearby residents. We also presented a composite map that overlays a 2005 wetlands delineation with the most recent development proposal (below).

Full letter to the owners is attached as a PDF and also available via Dropbox.

wetlands composite map

April and May Cleanups Scheduled

posted Apr 18, 2018, 4:55 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

Help us clean out invasive plants and trash and tune up the perimeter trail. We have four cleanups scheduled over the coming weeks:

  • Saturday, April 21, 2:00-4:30 pm at 44 Selwyn
  • Sunday, April 29, 9:30 - noon at 44 Selwyn
  • Saturday, May 5, 2:00-4:30 at 43 Hazelmere
  • Saturday, May 12, 2:00-4:30pm at 43 Hazelmere
We are teaming up with Boston Cares for these days of service. Get outside, explore the wetlands, and help improve the neighborhood. Youth volunteers are welcome!

Can You Help Us Gather Signatures?

posted Mar 25, 2018, 3:02 PM by Deb Beatty Mel   [ updated Mar 25, 2018, 3:05 PM ]

The Roslindale Wetlands Task Force has been canvassing the neighborhood to distribute information and gather signatures on the petition against the proposed condominium complex at 104-108 Walter Street. We invite interested neighbors to help in this campaign at whatever level they are able and with which they are comfortable.
 
The online petition regarding 104-108 Walter Street has 1,076 signatures as of this writing. Many of you have already signed it electronically. It has been a striking success and had a real impact. But we believe the fight is only beginning. We think that hundreds of “hard copy” signatures from neighbors along the wetlands perimeter and nearby streets would significantly strengthen the community’s hand in its opposition to the developer’s proposal. Friends and even currently uncommitted people in city government have told us we are right to think that.
 
There are several ways you can help while fixing your time contribution at the level that works for you.  For example:

  1. Email us to tell us you wish to sign the paper version of the petition. Please include your address. We will arrange to get your signature at your home. With each of these four options, it will be easier to arrange If you include your telephone number in addition to your address.
  2. Email us to say you will try to secure however many signatures of friends, adult family members, or residents of your street as you choose. Each signature helps, so there is no minimum figure. With options 2-4 we will arrange to deliver a blank petition or petitions to you.
  3. Email us to say you will canvass for signatures on your entire street.  If you would like to do more than that street, specify those you have in mind. 
  4. Email us to join Task Force canvassers for a scheduled session covering local streets.

We realize that not everyone is in a position to work against the proposed development in this particular way. Others may only have been waiting to be asked. We thank everyone for whatever support they do provide. All of it is important.

Recent rainstorm demonstrates wetlands' importance

posted Mar 3, 2018, 12:06 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

During yesterday's rain-soaked nor'easter, a steady flow of water could be seen down Primrose Street heading straight for the low-lying Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild, where the wetlands could do what they do best: serve as a holding area for all that water until it can be absorbed into the ground. 

Far from being an exceptional circumstance, this situation occurs regularly. Similar conditions were observed after heavy rains in 2010 and after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

   

This Boston Water and Sewer map shows the contours of the area as well as the BWSC stormwater management infrastructure installed beneath the driveway of 104 Walter Street.

Online Petition Launched to Oppose Development Near Wetlands

posted Feb 21, 2018, 5:30 PM by Deb Beatty Mel   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 5:32 PM ]

Neighbors of the Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild are collecting signatures on a petition to voice their opposition to a proposed development adjacent to the wetlands behind 104 Walter Street.

Urging the city to adhere to its commitment from 2005, the petition voices the neighbors' desire to protect the Roslindale Wetlands and to keep these adjacent parcels as open space. The wetlands are a haven for wildlife including dozens of bird species, and many local residents enjoy walking along the perimeter trail. The area also serves to collect rainwater runoff from the whole neighborhood, providing a safeguard against flood damage to nearby homes.

Renewed Development Threat

posted Feb 17, 2018, 11:39 AM by Deb Beatty Mel

In the early 2000s, a developer proposed to construct up to five two-story condominium buildings (10 units total) on the property at 104-108 Walter Street, including a paved driveway network. This lot abuts the 10-acre Roslindale Wetlands Urban Wild. The community organized against this proposal, citing impact on the wetlands habitat, water and flooding, effects on property values, parking, and traffic/traffic safety. At that time, the City supported the neighborhood in its vigorous opposition and obtained a partial land transfer from the owner, promising the neighborhood that there would be no such development (see attached Roslindale Bulletin article). 

However, coming up on 15 years later, the owner/developer has resubmitted a proposal for what appears to be virtually the same development on the same portion of their remaining land. The attached PDF shows more detail.

This matter will be addressed at the LANA meeting on March 12 at 7:00 p.m. Stay tuned for further announcements. 

104-108 walter proposed development

The buck is back!

posted Jul 9, 2015, 4:47 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

Our antlered friend has made another appearance in the wetlands. (Photo by Rob Torres)


Stag Party

posted Jun 16, 2015, 6:13 PM by Deb Beatty Mel   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 6:09 PM ]

This impressive stag made a visit to the Roslindale Wetlands, perhaps to take advantage of the abundant greenery for his meal.


Trail Maintenance Day Set for May 9

posted Mar 23, 2015, 5:05 PM by Deb Beatty Mel

Think spring thoughts and plan to join with a team of volunteers from the Boston Bar Association for a day of trail maintenance in the wetlands on Friday, May 9, from 9:00 to noon. We will help remove invasive plants and spiff up the perimeter trail. Mark your calendars and meet us at the end of Hazelmere Street!

Wild grapes

posted Jul 6, 2014, 3:54 PM by Deb Beatty Mel   [ updated Jul 6, 2014, 3:57 PM ]

Spotted on an early July morning


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