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Mayor selects community members for the Uphams Corner Working Advisory Group

Posted by Patrick Rosso  July 30, 2012 12:05 PM

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The 15-member group that will help guide and assist the Boston Redevelopment Authority during its Fairmount Indigo Planning Study was selected by Mayor Thomas Menino on Monday.

The Uphams Corner Working Advisory Group, made up of residents, business owners, and stakeholders will help develop a long-term strategy for the corridor that stretches from South Boston to Hyde Park, specifically looking at opportunities for development in Uphams Corner.

“I am confident that the Uphams Corner Working Advisory Group will have a significant impact on the City’s efforts to identify how to best grow this key community along the Fairmount Indigo commuter rail line,” Menino said in a statement.

The Fairmount Indigo Planning Study, which officially kicked off in February, is the largest planning study undertaken by the BRA and will target specific areas along the 9.2-mile corridor to concentrate resources and spur development.

The Uphams Corner Working Advisory Group will work to specially address issues in Uphams Corner and is just one of three areas that will be specifically targeted by the study. The other two areas have yet to be named.

The Working Advisory Group is not the only resident advisory group that will oversee the project. The 25-member Community Advisory Group, which met for the first time in June will also be reviewing the project and providing input on behalf of the corridor as a whole, which runs through South Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.

The Uphams Corner Working Advisory Group will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, August 8, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. The location has yet to be determined.

The 15-member committee is listed below:

• Lisa B. Alberghini, President, Planning Office for Urban Affairs
• Aldelina Alves, Resident, Upham’s Corner Health Center
• Judy Beckler, St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
• Courtney Curran, Resident
• David Davenport, Jones Hill Neighborhood Civic Association
• Alex Dosouto, Business Owner
• Andrew Forster, The Salvation Army
• Christopher Jones, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
• Andrea Kaiser, The Upham’s Corner Community Center
• Max MacCarthy, Upham’s Corner Main Streets
• Paul Meehan, Property Owner
• Yaz Mohammad, Business Owner
• George Papadopoulos, business owner
• Joan E. Tighe, Resident
• Dahria Williams-Fernandes, business owner

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