Notes from June 28, 2012, Meeting of the Dudley Vision Advisory Task Force

The meeting focused on a few key topics: 

  1. Project Progress Updates
  2. Coordination with other Projects inDudleySq. and Vicinity
  3. Proposed Uses of Public Space in the new Facility

 1. Project Progress Update

  • Shawmut Design & Construction, the Construction Manager, has opened a field office across the street from the project site (22 Warren Street).
  • A Design Development Submission from the Design Team is expected by June 29th.
  • Relocation of businesses is proceeding, with a few remaining businesses that will be vacating by July 17th.
  • Salvage, stabilization and demolition activities will be underway soon at the Curtis Block andWatermanBuildings.
  • Asbestos abatement at theFerdinandBuildingis substantially complete.
  • An upcoming meeting with the Boston Landmarks Commission on July 24th will take place to present the latest designs.
  • Construction barricades are up around most of the site perimeter.

 2A. Coordination with other Dudley Sq/ Vicinity Projects
Irene McSweeney of Boston Water and Sewer Commission presented a look-ahead schedule for its planned work in the streets of Dudley Square.  Project notice information is located on the Commission’s website:http://www.bwsc.org/notices/public_notices/DUDSQ_PROJECT%20OVERVIEW.PDF

 Selected Highlights: Warren Street Commencement:  mid-July 2012, and Washington Street Commencement September 2012.

 2B. MBTA Dudley Station Improvements
Mahendra Patel, Project Manager, and Karen Burns, Deputy Director of Bus Operations of the MBTA provided an update on the progress of the Station Improvement Project.  Preliminary schedule indicates project completion September 2013.

 2C. Boston Transportation Department (BTD)
Pat Hoey of BTD reported that the Dudley Transportation Action Plan Design Phase would be commencing in the coming weeks, and there would be more to report in September 2012.  Questions from the Community were raised about parking solutions for the Dudley Area.  The project team noted that there is ongoing study of parking options for the Dudley Municipal Facility.

There were questions and encouragements from the Task Force and Community Members related to adhering to and exceeding hiring goals for local, minority and women workers on all projects. 

  1. Proposed Uses of Public Space in the new Facility
    There was a discussion of proposed uses for the community space in the completed Dudley Municipal Facility.  Carleton Jones, Boston Public Schools (BPS) Executive Director of Capital & Facilities Management explained that the BPS would be meeting to discuss the appropriate approaches and processes for managing the public and community space in the facility.  No commitments have been made yet. 

The next meeting is scheduled for July 12th, 2012.  The agenda will be to provide a presentation on the latest design of the facility.

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