East Boston Times-Free Press - Edwards Calls on BPDA To Re-envision Suffolk Project
Friday, June 21, 2019
After the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s (BPDA) public comment period for the proposed redevelopment of Suffolk Downs closed at the end of last month, City Councilor Lydia Edwards submitted her comments calling for the BPDA to re-envision the project.
In her comment letter, Edwards called on the BPDA to re-envision the proposed planning and zoning for Suffolk Downs to promote equitable and sustainable development that is compliant with the Fair Housing law and reflective of Boston’s economic and ethnic diversity.
“Suffolk Downs presents Boston’s greatest opportunity to build the middle class by creating thousands of good jobs, but without substantial changes to the project and dedicated public investment, the proposal will create an unaffordable, physically separate and segregated neighborhood, likely in violation of state and federal law,” said Councilor Edwards. “The Boston Planning and Development Agency needs to present a plan or protocol for Suffolk Downs that reflects the economic and ethnic diversity of the surrounding area, prevents concentrations of wealth or poverty and creates a neighborhood where are all welcome.”