Urban Farm Hearing in Codman Square, May 23

Boston City Hall (May 19, 2011) – Boston City Councillor Charles C. Yancey and the Boston City Council’s Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at The Great Hall, 5 Norfolk Street [sic] in Dorchester, to scrutinize the City of Boston’s proposal for establishing agricultural gardens on four Dorchester parcels. [The Great Hall is located at 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA].

Yancey ordered the hearing following complaints from community residents concerned with the project. Opponents of the agricultural project, during a community meeting last March in Dorchester, cited the city’s failure to notify the parcel’s abutting residents, and the city’s plans to design raised garden beds to avoid costly testing for soil contaminants. Some opponents even voiced suspicion over who would be managing the gardens.

Proponents of the agricultural project promoted local community benefits such as economic opportunities, access to low-cost fresh produce, and increased healthy food supplies for local stores.

Councillor Yancey, during the meeting, announced that he had already introduced a public hearing order to consider process, public safety, and the community’s opinion regarding the urban agricultural project. “I don’t think any land should be cultivated without community support,” he said.

The proposed parcels for farming include a 19,970-square-foot lot between 94 and 116 Ballou Avenue in Dorchester, an 18,625-square-foot lot at 23-25 Tucker Street in Dorchester, an 11,443-square-foot lot at 131 Glenway Street in Dorchester, and an 8,810-square-foot lot at 18-24 Standish Street in Dorchester.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and testify. If you know of others who may be interested in the hearing, kindly notify them.

Written comments may be made part of the record and available to all Councillors by sending them by e-mail, fax, or mail to arrive prior to the hearing. Please use the contact information below for all purposes related to this hearing.

Salvatore LaMattina, Chair

Committee on City, Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs

Liaison:            Juan Lopez

Address:          Boston City Council, One City Hall Square – Fifth Floor, Boston, MA, 02201

Telephone:       617 635-3041              Telefax: 617 635-3734

E-mail              juan.lopez@cityofboston.gov

Broadcast:        Comcast Channel 12, RCN Channel 82 (Live)

Webcast:          www.cityofboston.gov/citycouncil/live.asp



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