Pier 5 Association is making extraordinary progress to reactivate this public property as an landmark waterfront national park providing healthful recreation, cultural events and historic views from the Head of Boston Harbor.
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Heavyweight Use – Private Profit Development
More public cost, Massive public disruption lasting years, More area traffic disruption, More private isolated wealth, all compounding ecological and socioeconomic loss.
Private / Public Project oversight auditing.
Haphazard Project Cadence will span several years.
Staged Loading & Transport of enormous volumes of construction waste.
Disposal of enormous volumes of construction waste.
Damage Risk to adjacent structures, foundation / slurry wall during demolition and reconstruction.
Structural studies are needed to determine the impact of Pier 5 construction including even partial demolition and structural additions to Pier 5 and its impact on Flagship Wharf.
Services Risks and Limitations – an over-water project with vulnerable access, permanent water, sewer, electrical and other services.
Regulatory issues and Significant Studies are required before any further consideration of Pier 5.
Environmental Impact Study (EIS) including harbor floor core borings in consultation with the DEP and the EPA to determine pollutants and mitigation requirements for wildlife and ecological protection.
Noise and Air Pollution Study through construction and in perpetuity.
Emergency access Studies are needed for fire and police forces. Over densification significantly limits on-land access emergency services.
Transportation Studies – Congestion studies to determine impact/disruption during and following construction.
Parking – Scarcity – Recent developments have claims on scarce parking.
Public Transportation – Decline – Upcoming proposed elimination of service for the Navy Yard Water Shuttle and lack of corresponding public transportation intensifies the public access problem.
Extreme Flood vulnerability is compounded by densification. This unmitigated imminent vulnerability affects everything in the area. Post hoc costs will include Municipal damages, repairs, loss of public and private property, loss of use, life loss, loss of property value, loss of services, decreased effectiveness of public outdoor space, increased maintenance budget.
Other State and Federal stakeholders permitting and regulatory interest have not been identified or considered by the BRA. (Dept of Navy, Coast Guard, Interior and National Parks, NOAA Coastal Zone Management, Fishing and Wildlife, EPA, DEP, Mass Dept. of Environmental Resources, Public Health, Mass Dept of Recreation and Conservation, etc).
Lack of financial feasibility of each project private development proposal during 2021. It is apparent because none of the developers has included contingencies for environmental issues including hazardous waste, protection of adjacent structures and uses and emergency and public access to the development which come at an increased cost have not been factored in.
Access. Limitations on the use of Tidal lands under M.G.L.c. 91 for water dependent uses only and the associated exclusion of public from East and West sides of Pier 5 and inaccessibility of the end of Pier 5 through a maze of housing units. Elimination of Pier 5 public marine dependent uses.
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