SAND member Jon Seward, along with SONAB (Save the Old Northern Avenue Bridge), has filed for the designation of historic landmark status to the Old Northern Avenue Bridge. A hearing today at City Hall will consider the merits of this appeal. SAND members support the landmark status and have opposed the demolition and redevelopment plans for a retail complex crossing the Fort Point Channel recently proposed by Forest City Enterprises and selected by the BRA.

Mr. John C. Bowman, Chairman
Boston Landmarks Commission
City of Boston Environmental Department
City Hall 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02201
Dear Mr. Bowman:

The Seaport Alliance for a Neighborhood Design (SAND) is a community group based in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston. Our members, including many Boston-area residents and business owners, have been integrally involved in the planning of the Fort Point and waterfront districts. A chronicle of our work on behalf of our members is well documented on the SAND website at www.seaportalliance.org.

SAND members overwhelmingly support the application of landmark status to the Northern Avenue bridge. We are especially interested in protecting the bridge from demolition as we feel it is one of the few remaining structures lending character to an area recently energized with new development. I have attached a detailed statement of our position submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority earlier this year.

Should you require further exploration of this issue with our community, we would be delighted to schedule and publicize a public hearing in Fort Point, perhaps at the Childrens' Museum or at the 300 Summer Street Atrium. Please feel free to contact me.

Best regards,

Steve Hollinger

on behalf of:
The Seaport Alliance for a Neighborhood Design
300 Summer Street
South Boston, MA 02210


cc: Ellen Lipsey, Executive Director

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