A new Charlestown building boom is underway, with developments proposed throughout town and particularly for the Rutherford Avenue corridor. Height and design decisions made today will affect our town for years to come.
CPS is working to make sure these developments are appropriate to Charlestown’s unique character. This is part of a long tradition of advocating for good design and appropriate development, beginning with our founding in 1967 to stop the destruction of the post-Revolutionary houses of Thomson Triangle through urban renewal.
Here’s what CPS has done recently:
During 2016 we continue to advocate for the right type of construction projects in charlestown. A number have included the Redevelopment of the old projects on Bunker Hill Street, the waste disposal facility on Rutherford Ave and a continuous stream of developers who want to overbuild on small particles.
In 2014 we continued to advocate against the construction of the Casino. This has taken many forms including letters to our representatives, mailings, and literally standing out on corners with signs
In late 2013 the emergence of a casino development on Charlestown’s border with Everett galvanized many neighborhood organizations – CPS included – to prevent degradation of our historic neighborhood’s quality of life and already iffy traffic congestion at Sullivan Square. CPS remains involved.
• in 2012 we joined other Charlestown organizations and residents to advocate successfully for the greenscaped, pedestrian-friendly Surface Option for the revitalization of Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square.
• in 2012 CPS was a lead organization in opposing the expansion of the 40 Warren Street garage. This opposition led to a rare denial of the project with prejudice by the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals. The project is currently re-emerging.
• in 2006 we successfully opposed the location of a 240 foot electronic billboard on the wall of the TD BankNorth Garden. The electronic billboard had the potential to distract drivers and disrupt views from the Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, the Town Hill National Register District, City Square Park, Paul Revere Park and the new Charles River Basin Parks.
• in 2004 we successfully opposed a proposal to locate a US Department of Homeland Security Detention and Removal Facility in City Square next to a heavily-populated residential neighborhood.
DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE
The CPS Design Review Committee is a resource for Charlestown residents, reviewing development plans and advocating for good design that respects Charlestown’s heritage.
Members are architects, preservationists and community activists. Although it’s not a legal authority, the DRC offers advice and sends recommendations to the Boston Zoning Board, Boston Redevelopment Authority and Charlestown Neighborhood Council.
Developers and homeowners can bring plans or concerns to the DRC for free advice. The DRC meets on the third Monday of the month at 7:30pm at the Mary Colbert Apartments, 20 Devens Street.
CPS is fortunate to hold a seat on the Charlestown Neighborhood Council (CNC). Our representative helps to make sure that preservation and development concerns are heard in CNC deliberations.
A vital part of our mission is to make sure that development in Charlestown respects our unique history and architecture.
CPS sends out Preservation/Development Alerts about important issues, what our position is, and how you can make your views known by attending community meetings or contacting Boston or Charlestown officials.