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As families, residents, and businesses, we object to the proposed Lewis Wharf Hotel development that the Boston Redevelopment Authority is currently reviewing. This high-end development would negatively impact our community and our historic Boston Harbor. We are coming together unified in our commitment to Save Our North End Waterfront.

The proposed Lewis Wharf Hotel development would:

1. Wall off the waterfront
Restrict waterfront access and eliminate the historic connection of the neighborhood to the Harbor.

2. Increase traffic and public hazards
Create hundreds of new vehicle trips per day, making already narrowing lanes more congested and unsafe.

3. Privatize open water
Construct a luxury hotel on decayed and 180 year-old abandoned pilings hundreds of feet out into the Boston Harbor. Effectively putting private interests before public benefits.

4. Create public health risks
Result in years of construction bringing toxic emissions, harming our environment, public health, and safety.

5. Hurt the environment
Develop over Commonwealth tidelands into the Harbor, creating shadow and endangering precious marine life and natural resources.

6. Jeopardize a historic site
Develop on open water that has been considered historic for over 200 years.

7. Restrict waterfront access
Destroy free public access to the natural vista enjoyed by Boston residents and thousands of visitors who pass through the area.

8. Harm existing public amenities
Displace important “water-dependent uses” with an exclusive, high-end hotel.

9. Reduce open spaces
Shrink the amount of free and open public space on the North End Waterfront.

10. Establish a dangerous statewide precedent
Create a precedent for building on decayed and abandoned pilings, never intended for private development.

As we have briefly outlined above, the large-scale development project that is currently being reviewed by the BRA would jeopardize our neighborhood and Harbor. We do not support altering the historic value of a neighborhood for private gain. While we acknowledge that the 180 year-old abandoned pilings and the harborwalk are in deplorable condition, it is not an excuse for what is being advocated by the owner of the property. The neighborhood is ready, willing and able to work in support of a proposal that demonstrates sensitivity to our unique and historic waterfront neighborhood. This is not such a proposal. 


 

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