Neighborhood Meeting on former Adams School Property; 8/28/12

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Adams School Condominiums; Expected to be Completed Next May

By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,194)

You are invited to attend a neighborhood meeting on several issues concerning the property that formerly housed the Marada F. Adams School, Moody Street, on the Hill. The meeting has been set for August 28th, the Cummings Center, 134 Congress Street, on the Hill. It runs from 6 pm – 8 pm.

One of the issues to be addressed concerns Adams Park/playground. Many of the children in the neighborhood want the monkey bars to be returned to the space that were removed from the property by the City. Alhough the plans for the Park have been finalized, Seth Parker, Avesta Housing, the developer has said that perhaps this one exchange could be made to the property. The issue came up at a meeting at the East End School community room last month. Parker promised to schedule a follow-up meeting to address this subject and any others on the Park.

On the agenda as well will be a discussion led by Councilor Kevin Donoghue on how to dispose of most of the remaining piece of property on the site that is not part of the Adams School Development.

If you are new to the neighborhood, this is a good chance for you to get up to speed on the 16 condomiun units that are expected to be built by next May. Back in 2008, Avesta Housing, a highly respected developer, responded to the city’s RFP for development of this land. This long and thorough process has included an Adams School Reuse Committee, co-chaired by Dan Haley and Will Thaley, Hill residents. Avesta originally proposed building 40 units of moderate housing on the property, but due to the economy, scaled that back to 16 units of moderately priced condominiums, on less land as well.

For more background information, please see Post # 1,188, dated 7/31/12 herein.