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Fenway CDC looking to improve neighborhood with help from residents

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  March 14, 2013 09:22 AM

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The Fenway Community Development Corporation wants to hear from more residents as it continues with its grassroots planning initiative to expand and re-envision its Urban Village Plan and help improve the neighborhood.

The organization is hosting a community meeting Tuesday, March 19 at St. Cecilia’s Parish Hall in the East Fens to discuss what neighborhood issues are concerns for residents so it can revise and expand its Urban Village Plan through the community-led initiative.

St. Cecilia’s is located at 18 Belvidere Street. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Urban Village Plan is a long-range, resident-initiated vision for the Fenway neighborhood created in 2000 as a proactive community response to the Red Sox proposal to expand Fenway Park and has guided much of the Fenway CDC’s work and is referenced by developers and city officials, according to the organization.

Fenway CDC works to build and preserve affordable housing and protect the neighborhood’s economic and racial diversity as well as its long-term vibrancy. Topics to be discussed at the meeting may include rental rates, trash, institutional expansions, community space, accessibility, or any other issues residents would like addressed.

The upcoming meeting is the second of three meetings the Fenway CDC is hosting for the community. A previous meeting was held last month at Fenway Health in the West Fens and a meeting in the Longwood Medical Area is scheduled for April.

The Fenway CDC is also asking residents to complete a survey online covering housing; institutions; growth and development; jobs and business community; transportation and access; and environment, open space and community space.

To learn more, RSVP to the meetings, or request a paper survey, residents can contact Fenway CDC’s community planner Lilly Jacobson at ljacobson@fenwaycdc.org or (617) 267-4637 x16.

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