Noise in the City’s Community Noise Lab was
developed by researcher Dr. Erica Walker to take a more creative look into the
relationship between neighborhood noise issues and corresponding health
Walker has partnered with volunteers in the neighborhood to take part in some lab based experiments on how individuals respond to noise by measuring brain waves, stress and cardiovascular changes.
Researcher Dr. Erica Walker is gearing up for her noise study in Chelsea and is looking for volunteers.
The study also sought Chelsea residents
willing to place sound monitors in their homes for one year to test neighborhood
At a meeting last week Walker said the study
is moving into forward and will start collecting data on how noise impacts
residents’ daily lives.
“The Community Noise Lab are gearing up to
conduct a sound monitoring study in Chelsea this fall, starting on Friday,
September 20,” said Walker. “Community members have expressed interest in
allowing us to place a sound monitor in their homes and we are reaching out to
start making arrangements for this to happen.”
Walker said she and MHHM intend to monitor
noise in Chelsea for one-year in both a “hot” and “cold” season.
“During each season, we would like to place
a sound monitor in an accessible, secured location on a resident’s property,”
she said. “Potential locations could be a balcony, porch, roof, yard, or any
location that works. The sound monitoring station will be outside and will need
no electrical inputs.”
Walker stressed that the equipment does not
“We will need to leave the sound monitoring
station with community volunteers for one-week,” she said. “You can participate
in as many one-week sessions as you would like to throughout the year.”
If you live in Chelsea and want to
participate Walker said residents can start by filling out a brief form that
can be found at https://form.jotform.com/91614289131153.
“A member of the Community Noise Lab team
will reach out to you to make arrangements to place a sound monitor at your
home,” she said.
Walker, who earned a ScD (Doctor of Science)
degree from Harvard, has been interested for several years on how noise impacts
health. Walker said she wants to bring her Community Noise Lab to Chelsea and
begin engaging the community on how noise impacts their daily lives.
“When I first started out I sort of assumed
what the noise issue (in the city) was and what the impacts were but I quickly
realized this is going to take a community effort,” said Walker. “So I’ve been
grappling with what I want this Community Noise Lab to be. Typically in
academia we do a top down approach to studying these issues but I wanted to try
something different and try a bottom up approach.”
The bottom up approach, explained Walker,
will start with no assumptions on how noise impacts residents living in
Chelsea. However, Walker will collect real time noise monitoring data using
sound measuring technology as well as an app that residents can download to
their phone. Through the NoiseScore, an in-house smartphone app, residents can
also participate and can register a noise event and provide notes on how the
event made them feel both physically and mentally.
“I always use this example; imagine you are
waiting for a bus at a bus stop and you can hear the bus coming and you can
hear when the brakes start squeaking,” said Walker. “But even if you put your
fingers in your ear you can still feel the vibrations of that sound in your
body, the rumbling in your chest even though you are blocking out the actual
sound. So there is a complete picture of sound that is not only heard but felt
physically and I’m interested in how both those aspects of sound affect
research on the impacts of community noise is funded by a grant from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation. The two-year, $410,000 grant will fund a real-time
sound monitoring network, which consists of a series of eight rotating sound
stations; upgrades to Community Noise Lab’s smartphone app, NoiseScore, which
allows residents to objectively and subjectively describe their environmental
soundscape and map their responses in real time; a laboratory-based experiment
examining the neurological underpinnings of noise exposure; and a series of
community engagement activities ranging from sound walks to podcasts.
•Route 1 Northbound: Approaching the
Tobin Bridge from Boston, the workzone begins in the right lane. 2 of 3 travel
lanes will be open during daytime hours (5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and at least 1
travel lane will be open during overnight hours (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.).
•Route 1 Southbound: Approaching the
Chelsea Curves from the North Shore, the workzone begins in the right lane at
the Carter Street off-ramp. Just beyond the Carter Street on-ramp, the travel
lanes shift to the right. 2 of 3 travel lanes will be open during daytime hours
(5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) and at least 1 travel lane will be open during overnight
hours (10 p.m. – 5 a.m.).
•Ramps: As of Monday, July 15, the
Fourth Street Off-ramp will be closed for 2-3 months.
•Local Streets: Orange Street under
Route 1 will close temporarily on Saturday, August 17, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
From Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23, Spruce Street between Sixth Street
and Everett Ave will be CLOSED overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for bridge work
with traffic detoured one block to Arlington Street. The Spruce Street
temporary reconfiguration and Carter Street workzone will remain in place until
•Most work will occur in during daytime
working hours (6 a.m.–2 p.m.) on weekdays. Some work will take place during
afternoon (2 p.m. – 7 p.m) and overnight hours (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.) and on
Saturdays (6 a.m. – 2 p.m). Overnight work on the Tobin Bridge will occur
on Friday, August 18 (9 p.m. – 5 a.m.).
Summary of Work Completed
•In the two weeks prior to August 11, crews
continued work on the bridge deck, cured concrete, repaired steel, bridge deck,
and joints, installed dust containment systems, power washed and excavated
support column footings, and placed concrete columns.
Description of Scheduled Work
•Route 1 Northbound: Repair steel,
waterproof bridge deck, and lay asphalt. Additionally, bridge deck removal will
continue on the right side of the workzone through the Chelsea Curves.
•Route 1 Southbound: Paint new
•Underneath the Structures: Replace and
paint steel; continued installation of dust containment systems; power wash and
paint columns and support beams; excavate, drill, and grout around support
columns; erect steel; place new concrete columns, and ongoing material
Drivers should take care to pay attention to
all signage and move carefully through the work zone. Police details, changes
in lane markings, temporary controls such as barriers and traffic cones,
signage, and other tools will be used throughout the project to control traffic
and create safe work zones.
The contractors are coordinating with local
event organizers and police to provide awareness and manage traffic impacts
during events. For your awareness, during this look-ahead period, the following
events are scheduled:
•Red Sox (Fenway Park): 8/16 at 7:10
p.m., 8/17 at 7:10 p.m., 8/18 at 1:05 p.m., 8/20 at 7:10 p.m., 8/21 at 7:10
p.m., 8/22 at 1:05 p.m.
Events: 8/14 at 8:00 p.m., 8/15 at 7:30 p.m., 8/16 at 7:30 p.m., 8/17 at 7:30
Google Maps will begin displaying available
Lime scooters in more than 100 cities around the world. On Android devices,
users will be able to see if a Lime vehicle is available, how long it’ll
take to walk to the vehicle, a price estimate of the ride, battery range, along
with total journey time and ETA in the Google Maps app. iOS availability for
this feature will launch in late August.
In the Metro-Boston area, Lime riders have
taken close to a half million rides on its bikeshare program and over 60,000
rides on its scooter program. Lime bikes are available Arlington, Bedford,
Belmont, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Newton, Quincy, Watertown, and
Winthrop. Lime scooters are available in Brookline.
“This integration will help unlock an even
easier way to explore their cities and reduce commute times,” said Scott
Mullen, Director of Northeast Expansion at Lime. “Lime believes in the gift of
time, and our scooters offer a convenient and fun way of cutting through
Metro-Boston congestion. We’re excited that this partnership with Google Maps
provides the opportunity for Lime to connect people to their destination faster
as scooters continue to become a core part of the transportation ecosystem in
the Bay State.”
If available, users will see Lime vehicles
as an option from their biking, walking and transit tab if they’re traveling a
relatively short distance that may also be accessible via scooter. Google Maps
will show information about the nearest Lime, such as: if a Lime vehicle
is available, how long it’ll take to walk to the vehicle, an estimate of how
much the ride will cost, battery range, total journey time and ETA. Users
can tap on a Lime in the Google Maps app, and Google Maps will show
information about the selected vehicle.
Finally, Google Maps will show a walking
route to the selected Lime vehicle and bicycling route for the rest of the
journey in the biking tab.
“Whether you’re planning your daily commute
or traveling to a new city, Google Maps is making it easier to weigh all your
transportation options with real-time information,” said Vishal Dutta,
Product Manager, Google Maps. “In addition to showing you the best biking
and transit route in Google Maps, you’ll now be able to see if Lime scooters or
e-bikes are available, how long the trip will take, and the most efficient
route to get there. From Stockholm to Sao Paulo, you can now use Google Maps to
locate Lime scooters to get you to your destination.”
first surfaced in Google Maps in December 2018 and the two companies expanded
the partnership to 80 more cities in March 2019.
Bruce Harrison has been a championship coach
and a champion for Chelsea’s youth since his days in the Chelsea Youth
Basketball League at the old Chelsea High gymnasium on Clark Avenue.
For the past 12 years, Harrison has been a group leader at the Chelsea REACH after-school program led by Executive Director Linda Alioto-Robinson.
REACH Executive Director Linda Alioto-Robinson thanks Bruce Harrison for his 12 years of outstanding service.
“We help students to stay in school,
graduate, go to college or trade school, or get a job,” said the 57-year-old
Harrison, a 1981 CHS graduate, the father of three children and grandfather of
Harrison announced this week that he will be
leaving REACH to take a position in the Chelsea school system.
“I’m going to be working in school
security,” he related. “I’m sad about leaving. I like the REACH program and
helping kids. But I’m doing it for my family.”
Robinson-Alioto said that Harrison was a
valuable member of the REACH staff.
“We’re going to miss Bruce a lot – he’s the
best group leader ever,” lauded Robinson-Alioto. “But we’re all happy for him
for his new job. It’s a full-time position and he’s a father and a husband and
you need a full-time job. REACH was just part time, so we’re happy for him and
we’re happy that he’ll still be in Chelsea.”
Harrison was busy with REACH Monday running
the annual Lemonade Stand fundraiser at the Stop & Shop store. Proceeds
went to REACH and the St. Luke’s Church Food Pantry. Sean O’Regan and his
brother, James O’Regan Jr. donated the supplies for the lemonade stand.
Harrison has coached in the Chelsea Youth
Basketball League for many years. He led the Bucks team to multiple
championships alongside assistant coach Leo Robinson. Many observers felt that
“Brucie” was at the top of the list of legendary coaches of the 1980s that
included Larry Notkin, Steve Selbovitz, Gerry Godin, Ronald Robinson, Mark
Zamansky, Steve Fried, and Dave Drinan.
Harrison was honored at an event earlier
this year as the Boston Boys and Girls Club “Volunteer of the Year” for his
coaching efforts at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club (JGBC), Chelsea.
Josh Kraft, CEO
of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and the former executive director of the
JGBC, made the presentation to Harrison at the ceremony held at Fenway Park.
City Councillor Luis Tejada will be a
spectator at the fifth annual Let It Fly Basketball Classic Saturday at Jordan
Boys and Girls Club.
“I wouldn’t miss it,” said Tejada. “The
directors [Kyle Umemba and Cesar Castro do such a great job running this
Tejada said the whole atmosphere at the
tournament is exciting. “It’s like one of these urban scenarios that you see on
TV with the whole basketball game going on and everyone is yelling and
screaming, but having a good time. It’s just a fantastic atmosphere.”
Tejada said the event always draws an
enthusiastic crowd, “but it’s safe, it’s protected. The police are there.
Everybody is there just to have fun and raise money for our Chelsea High School
students. It’s a win-win-win situation all around, so it’s definitely one of
those worthwhile events to attend.”
Tejada, a past tournament sponsor, said he
will also be bringing his children and nephews to the Jordan Boys and Girls
Club. “My kids love basketball and my nephews play in basketball leagues, so
we’ll all be heading over to watch it,” he said.
Tejada said he’s looking forward to seeing
Chelsea Black Community (CBC) President Joan Cromwell at the tournament. Joan
is the mother of Co-Director Kyle Umemba.
“Joan and I grew up around the same time in
Chelsea,” said Tejada, who is 1986 Chelsea High School graduate. “Joan is
amazing. She’s all over the place, always helping out and it’s always, ‘what
can I do to improve our area?’ “She is just a beautiful person. It’s just an
amazing Chelsea family that is here to help our residents and our neighbors.
They’re one of these Chelsea pride families. When you speak of Chelsea and
families that you’re proud of, they’re right at the top.”
begins at 10 a.m., with games continuing all day until a champion is crowned.
There are refreshments, musical entertainment, and raffle drawings. Admission
to the games is free.
Juno Bonhomme moves quick around the defender during games for The Movement at Highland Park last Friday, July 26th. The youth summer league is as strong as ever, with games – and a positive scene – taking place every Tuesday and Friday.
One might have seen the colorful paint job
on the gazebo at Bellingham Square and wondered what it was all about.
Well, it’s more than just a colorful paint
Rather, it is the first step in what business and City leaders hope will be a coordinated plan for the downtown business district – a plan that has already gained the confidence of state government with Chelsea getting two $20,000 grants to further the project along.
TDI Fellow Carlos Matos, Chamber Foundation President Sergio Jaramillo, Councillor Leo Robinson, and new CHISPA BizLab coordinator Deise Paraguay in front of the newly-painted gazebo in Bellingham Square
Carlos Matos, a fellow assigned to Chelsea
from the MassDevelopment Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) program,
said the gazebo was just the first piece of several placemaking initiatives
they hope to achieve with the Chamber, a new business lab dubbed CHISPA BizLab,
and the Chamber Foundation – among many other partners.
“The gazebo was the beginnings of this
placemaking and focusing attention on the downtown,” he said. “It’s bright and
like the things you’ve seen in Boston. We studied it and these are designs that
will resonate with residents of Central America and South America in shape and
color. They will also appeal to everyone because it adds color and vibrancy to
“The initiative is working well so far,”
said City Manager Tom Ambrosino. “Hopefully, progress will continue in our
efforts to revitalize the Downtown.”
Sergio Jaramillo, who is a long-time Chamber
member and the new president of the Chamber Foundation, said they hope to use a
coordinated approach to bring life to the downtown, help businesses and make
downtown Chelsea a place to be.
“Our desire is to have Chelsea be a
destination point for the region – just like Chinatown and the North End and as
it is becoming in East Boston,” he said. “We want to have Chelsea be that place
they want to come to because of the activities and food and quality of life
that is here…Jay Ash was great for building up the coffers of the City again
and building up Everett Avenue. I think now we are on the cusp and ready to do
the other half of the city.”
Added Matos, “There are great opportunities
on Everett Avenue and the question is now how do we transform them from
isolated goals to a greater economic impact and draw them to the downtown for
that greater economic impact. That’s the challenge we’re working on now.”
An extension of the gazebo branding effort,
now being dubbed ‘Chelsea Centro’ as a test run – complete with bags and
buttons as promotional tools, is a $20,000 grant from the state that will bring
the same bright color scheme to Luther Place – where the successful Night
Market has been held twice this summer.
The parking lot/market will be painted in
bright colors, and also be painted to accommodate basketball or street soccer –
giving it many different opportunities for activation. That will be
supplemented by murals on the walls in the same color scheme, and sun shades to
protect from the summer heat. That grant is supported by a $55,000 matching
grant from the Chamber, which will also help to provide programming for the
Chamber Executive Director Rich Cuthie has
been very excited about the branding of the downtown using the grant and the
Chamber’s resources. He said, like Jaramillo, that the district is on the cusp
of something very exciting. That is particularly the case for the storefront
improvement program, which has been paved by the passing of new storefront
regulations by the City Council this year.
Part of that will be financed by the new
CHISPA BizLab, which the state awarded a $20,000 grant to start. That will be
supplemented by a $6,000 grant by the Chamber Foundation.
Meaning “spark” in Spanish, CHISPA will help
to provide small business technical assistance and advocacy for Latino
businesses. It will also serve as a business incubator for new startups in
Chelsea’s business district. That assistance will particularly go towards
helping the food-related businesses in the district.
Already, CHISPA director Deise Paraguay has
started talking to local businesses, officially beginning on July 15. Right now
she said she is listening and learning – trying to bring everyone together. She
will also act as the organizer of all of the projects involved with the
Jaramillo said they have hired a company to
fly a drone up and down Broadway to highlight the district. Similarly, they
have contracted with a professional kitchen to bring in all of the restaurant
owners from Broadway to consult with professional chefs. Using traditional
recipes, they will work to invigorate their menus and give them new life.
Jaramillo said he is confident that in a few
years, the new efforts will all pay off with an enlivened and exciting downtown
for residents and those who want to come to Chelsea as a destination.
“I see in a few years that we will have an
opportunity for the business community to capture a new market,” he said.
“There will be more going on here and it will be more visually interesting for
residents and visitors coming here. When people say, ‘Where should we go to
dinner?’ They will say they want to go to Chelsea. Creating places where people
want to live and visit is the best thing to do.”
Added Matos, “A
lot of people are clamoring for authenticity in the places they go to. The
places in Cambridge and Somerville are maybe lacking that. We think Chelsea has
that authenticity you want and can’t get anywhere else. We want to highlight
that, and that’s what we are setting out to do now.”
The five years have passed quickly since
Kyle Umemba and Cesar Castro decided they wanted to run a basketball tournament
for the youth of Chelsea.
“We’re just two Chelsea guys in the
community giving back,” said Umemba.
Year Five for the Let It Fly Basketball
Tournament is here and the best players in the area will gathering on Saturday,
Aug. 10 at the Jordan Boys and Girls Club on Willow Street.
The first tournament in 2015 was held
outside in 90-degree heat. The steamy weather prompted Kyle, 26, a graduate of BB&N and George Washington
University, finance professional and fashion model – and Cesar, 28, a graduate
of Salem State University known as “The Grand Young Man” for scoring 1,000
points in his CHS basketball career, CHS basketball coach and paraprofessional
in the school district – brought the tournament indoors and it’s been played at
the JGBC basketball gymnasium ever since.
According to the two co-directors, all the
stuff that makes the tournament so special will be back in 2019. There will be
public address announcing for each game, a DJ’s musical entertainment, free
refreshments, and a raffle table.
Key community leaders such as CBC President
Joan Cromwell (“We couldn’t do this without Joan,” son Kyle Umemba says
proudly) and Chelsea Police Community Liaison Officer Sammy Mojica Sr. will be
on hand to help make sure everything runs smoothly. Chelsea Police Officers
David Batchelor and Keith Sweeney are also valuable contributors to the
tournament each year.
Sammy Mojica Jr., who played college
basketball at Drexel and is currently a professional player in the Puerto Rico
Basketball League, will make a guest appearance. One year, NBA player Nerlens
Noel of Everett, made a guest appearance.
of the best players in the Let It Fly Tournament will be Jarnel Guzman, an
All-Scholastic guard who led Lynn English to the Division 1 state championship
in March.“If they’re a big name player in New England, they’ll be here,” said
Twelve teams, eight high school and four
middle school, will compete for the titles. A standing room only crowd is
expected throughout the day.
“It’s great energy,” said Umemba. “We want
others to follow our lead and I think it’s having that kind of effect. One of
our scholarship recipients, Alfredo Hernandez, held a tournament at Chelsea
“There was a tournament held at Clinton
Court that was generated by our idea for a tournament,” added Castro.
Umemba and Castro aren’t sitting on their
success. The plans are to take ‘Let It Fly’ national in the next few years.
And if their organizational talents in
making Let It fly the premier summer hoop extravaganza in Greater Boston are
any indication, we would suggest either get on aboard or get out of the way.
“We’re building a platform in Chelsea,” said
“The important thing is that everybody has a
time,” concluded Castro.
if you can’t be there to enjoy the tournament in person, Chelsea Community
Cable Television will be there to record the action for a broadcast.
grateful to Mr. [Robert] Bradley and his station for covering it every year.”
said the directors.
Water and sewer rates are increasing, but
not as much as some City Councillors initially feared.
Most of the City’s residential water and
sewer customers will see an increase of 1 percent in rates for Fiscal Year
2020, and larger users will see a 4 percent increase.
In June, City Manager Thomas Ambrosino
presented the Council with a proposed three percent increase for water and
sewer customers who use less than 2,500 cubic feet of water. A 5 percent
increase was proposed for customers who use more than that amount.
In June, a number of Councillors spoke out
against the proposed increases.
“This is killing the poor people who live
here,” said District 6 Councillor Giovanni Recupero. “This is not only going to
drive the homeowners out, this is going to drive the tenants out, too. This is
a bad thing to go up this much.
Following a public hearing on the rates
earlier in July, Ambrosino and Public Works Commissioner Fidel Maltez discussed
concerns about rising sewer rates, according to a letter the City Manager sent
to the Council.
“Although rising rates are inevitable when
the majority of the City’s water and sewer costs are determined by charges from
the MWRA, and those charges rise each and every year, we are cognizant of the
City’s need to try to keep the rate increases moderate,” Ambrosino stated.
After looking at some of the recent
improvements to the water system in the past year, including the start of the
program to replace aging water meters throughout the system and better tracking
of water use by contractors, Ambrosino said he believes the City will be able
to reduce non-billable usage.
The City Manager said he also plans to
implement a better process for water and sewer rate-setting, beginning next
year. Those plans include a spring subcommittee meeting with the City Council
to present recommendations for water and sewer rates for FY21.
While the water and sewer rate increases are
lower than initially proposed, there will be a heftier price to pay for the
City trash rate with a 10 percent hike.
“For the past several years, we have been
running deficits in our trash accounting because the rate has not been
sufficient to cover the true cost of solid waste collection and disposal in the
City,” Ambrosino stated.
The 10 percent increase is an effort to
eliminate that deficit.
The new FY20
trash rate is $33.10 monthly for residential property and $156.15 monthly for
commercial units in mixed buildings. Owner-occupied units will remain exempt
from the fee.
Two Chelsea residents looking to break into
the recreational cannabis industry in Chelsea are challenging the ideas behind
the zoning regulations set by the City – regulations that bar such
establishments from the Broadway business corridor and relegate them to
expensive industrial locations in the city.
Chelsea has been known to be quite progressive when it comes to permitting and welcoming the marijuana industry, but the zoning regulations set more than a year ago required that any marijuana businesses be located in the industrial or shopping center districts.
Ola Bayode and Kyle Umemba, both from Chelsea, are questioning the zoning regulations for marijuana establishments – saying they should be allowed in the downtown area to help local residents and people of color to break into the industry. They said they believe retail marijuana could help to revive the downtown area, and they believe the current zoning unintentionally sets a barrier too high for locals to overcome.
That limits them to the Produce Center,
Eastern Avenue or Parkway Plaza, and many in the City have postulated that it
has excluded local people unintentionally from being able to participate or
profit from this new industry.
The Chelsea City Council had just such a
discussion earlier this year, asking if it were possible to set aside licenses
for residents who might qualify in the future – that coming because most of the
City’s licenses were being gobbled up by big-money interests from out of town,
and sometimes out of state.
Now, add Chelsea residents Ola Bayode and
Kyle Umemba to those critics.
Both are young professionals working regular
jobs, but with a hope on the side that they could establish their own business
in Chelsea within the emerging cannabis industry. Being right at the nexus of
Boston and Somerville (and with Everett and Revere having prohibited marijuana
shops), they felt the downtown area was a prime location.
Then they found out about the zoning
restrictions, and found it nearly impossible to draw the interest of investors to
be able to afford the buildout of a place in the industrial areas.
“For us, we can’t even find a place,” said
Bayode. “The one place we did find was on Broadway and Congress. It was a great
location and we went to the City and found it wasn’t allowed. We believe the
City Manager and the City Council need to think five to 10 years ahead…Our
demographic is not Chelsea residents but people who live in One North and
upcoming new Forbes development – people new to Chelsea. We want to provide a
premier boutique opportunity here…This is a critical time. This game is the
first three years and who is able to navigate the waters early will prevail.
It’s hard to grip and replace the incumbent business. That is why it’s so
important to create a business friendly environment that is helpful to local
residents. Right now is the time for that. Later will be too late.”
Bayode said they believe that retail
marijuana would fit really well with the City’s idea for reviving the downtown.
Umemba said it is proven that such establishments are more safe because of
required security, and the foot traffic brings vibrancy to the areas. Having
them walled off, both said, misses a great opportunity to bring people to the
business district, and also to help local business-people get into the
“The build-out cost in the industrial areas
are so expensive,” said Bayode. “Spaces on Broadway are retail ready. They are
made for this. It’s also hard to attract any investors because locating in an
area like that doesn’t seem as credible.”
Umemba said he believes the zoning now
creates a barrier to local people and people of color – maybe even those who
have marijuana convictions and are encouraged by the state to get involved in
“There’s so much investment that can be brought
into the downtown,” he said. “The zoning there now creates an extremely large
barrier for individuals. We’re young guys who went to college and now we work.
We have middle-class jobs. We want to break into this industry in Chelsea, but
the way it’s set up creates an unfair playing field…and Chelsea is progressive
compared to others and we still don’t have an equal playing field.”
Both said they plan to talk with elected
officials and City leaders over the summer to see if there is room to make such
zoning changes – perhaps allowing a few licenses to be located in the downtown
and reserved for Chelsea residents.
“If there are
four or five at least have one or two for Chelsea people,” Bayode said. “It
shouldn’t all be big companies from the outside.”