Unfair to say voices weren’t heard
As the Union Park Street representative to the BRA Harrison-Albany Corridor Advisory Group (AG), I’m surprised to learn that there are so many "surprised" residents who claim that they were not aware of the planning activities. With over 16 meetings over a two and half year planning process, how can they claim that there wasn’t an opportunity for their voices to be heard? Ad the representative for the Union Park Street area, I was vigilant about keeping my community informed about our activities and solicited feedback and invited interested constituents to attend any of the meetings--none of them were conducted in secret or behind closed doors. All meetings were open and anyone was invited to attend.
In addition to the many emails from the BRA, I saw notices in the local and abutting community newspapers and on the BRA website.
There were also comments made about how the BRA treated the visitors who attended meetings. The BRA was open, inviting, and engaged with this entire process. They met, or offered to meet, with individuals who were concerned, they brought those concerns to the larger committee, and took the many competing needs into account as they drafted, redrafted, and redrafted again, our exciting new plans for the area.
I for one would like to commend the BRA and my constituents on the AG for their hard work, open and honest communication, and a planning process that while grueling was worth the effort.
Union Park Street