The owners of the old Forbes Lithograph property on Chelsea Creek have completed an initial meeting with the Conservation Commission that signals the beginning of a new process on the property.
City Planner John DePriest said the owners, Yihe of China, came before the Con Com at the end of last month for a very technical determination of the property.
“It is the beginning of a process there,” he said.
The Con Com hearing regarded a determination of where environmental areas exist, such as coastal flooding areas, tidal flats and salt marshes. Knowing that, he said, gives them a better idea of where they can construct and what they would possibly have to mitigate.
There were no development plans included in the package filed with the Con Com, and that’s something that everyone is waiting to see.
A few years ago, Yihe filed a gargantuan development project that included skyscrapers, hundreds of residential units, hotels, restaurants, retail facilities, public open space – and all with one entrance and exit into the Mill Hill neighborhood.
It was quickly dispatched despite some of the best architects, engineers and lawyers working on the project.
Since then, nothing has come forward, but it seems like the process is now starting again.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino has said he expects Yihe to file a residential project that is much smaller than the previous project. He said he expects that in the summer.
by Sue Woodcock
Film crews descended on Revere Beach Boulevard and Bill Ash’s Lounge at the end of last week. Crews were filming a television pilot for Showtime called, “City on the Hill” and a scene called “The Approval.”
Crews have also been filming in Malden. Star actor Kevin Bacon (Footloose) is tagged to be a part of the show although he was not in Revere.
The scenes are set in the late 1980s or early 90s and the show is supposed to be a “cop-type” drama.
The Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR) closed down Revere Beach Boulevard from just before Shirley Avenue to Revere Street. One scene being shot was along the boulevard starting at the Bandstand and traveling down to the State Police Barracks. The shot, captured from a camera mounted to the top of a blacked out Porsche Cayenne (rented out for two days at $40,000, according to a crew member.) The scene being filmed showed an armored car truck being followed by a minivan.
All the vehicles being used are late 1980s and 90s models. There was an old Lincoln Continental, a Jeep Grand Wagoner with wood paneling and an old Volvo.
The outside of Bill Ash’s Lounge was transformed to the “Ebb-Tide” a restaurant/bar type of place. Last Wednesday afternoon about 20 electricians and crew members were inside the dive redoing all the lighting.
The crew was very tight-lipped about what they were working on and unknowing members of the public who just wanted to go for a walk, were redirected away from the filming areas.
No word on when the show will air.
Today marks the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration – a day that many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. More than 20 million people participated in that 1970 celebration and those efforts eventually lead to the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts a few years later.
In 1975, the General Court created the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering – the precursor of today’s Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) – and built upon a healthy state, community and citizen partnership that still protects our natural resources and the public health.
Over the last 40 years, the state-municipal-citizen partnership has been a key component of our statewide efforts to ensure clean air and water for our citizens, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
Massachusetts and MassDEP are leaders in many environmental protection efforts, but we would not be able to claim that mantel without the help and cooperation of our partners. And I would especially like to highlight the important work of local officials, frequently volunteers, at the local conservation commission, board of health, drinking water board or sewer commission levels.
Local governmenats really are on the front lines when it comes to environmental protection and the safety of the public health. Local residents may not even think of their municipal officials or the kind of work that they do as important for the environment, but it is quietly happening every day.
For instance, municipalities are often responsible for the public water supply, providing clean and safe drinking water to citizens and operating drinking water treatment facilities. This involves compliance with state and federal safe drinking water standards. There are currently 1,725 public water systems statewide, with 313 water systems providing water to residences and businesses in cities and towns, and another 159 systems that supply well water to individual schools, town buildings and businesses.
Communities often operate sewer systems and wastewater treatment facilities, making sure that wastewater discharges operate in compliance with our laws.
Conservation commissions are responsible for implementing the Wetlands Protection Act. Commissioners make decisions based on consistency with the Act and our wetlands protection regulations, ensuring that development does not come at the expense of our precious natural resources.
Local officials also partner with MassDEP and the Commonwealth to provide comprehensive recycling programs, cleanup and redevelop Brownfields and contaminated land, oversee septic systems, handle nuisance issues, such as noise, odor and dust, dredge municipal harbors and navigational channels, build and repair sewer and drinking water facilities through low-interest loan programs, help reduce energy use in public facilities, and provide expertise in addressing emergency situations during toxic spills or environmental disasters.
The partnership list is long and extensive and these programs and others like them are critical to maintaining a clean environment and the high quality of life expected by every resident in the Commonwealth. I want to thank local officials for their important work in making our shared mission a reality.
I look forward to building on our many years of collaboration, strengthening those community partnerships and promoting increased understanding about how we can work together to ensure continued protection of the environment and the public health.
Martin Suuberg in the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which recently announced the creation of a new Office of Municipal Partnerships and Governmental Affairs