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April 20, 2013
To the residents, property owners, and proprietors of the impact area, I am so grateful for the resiliency of this great city, and the kindnesses that we have witnessed in this past week.
I want to update you on the City’s plan for reopening Boylston Street and the impact area. One of my top priorities is ensuring the stability and health of the Back Bay neighborhood, and multiple city agencies have been coordinating to create a plan.
As you know, the impact area is currently an FBI crime scene, and the City is providing support to the FBI as they secure this area.
As soon as we receive clearance from the FBI, the City will move quickly to ensure that the area is safe for residents and businesses to return. We will be taking steps to secure the public safety, including:
- Ensuring that streets and sidewalks are clean of equipment and debris and are safe for pedestrians
- Ensuring that all buildings are structurally sound
Once we have established that these important public safety issues are resolved, we will then provide a staggered schedule for limited access for inspectors and business owners to survey their property to ascertain readiness to reopen, and for residents to return to their homes.
We believe that some blocks may be ready to open more quickly than others; we are committed to working as hard as possible to reopen the entire area, and to helping more highly impacted businesses through any structural or health and safety issues they may encounter.
All City staff who are connected to helping residents return to their homes and businesses reopen are on standby, and are prepared to execute on this plan as soon as we have clearance from the FBI. I have instructed my staff to use best efforts to get the Back Bay up and running, and I am committed to making sure that all of you have the resources you need.
What you can do right now:
- Please take a moment to register online at cityofboston.gov or by calling 617 635-4500, so that we can have the best information to reach you quickly.
- Consider the types of services you may need from outside contractors, and begin lining up their services, for example, construction, trash removal, board-up services, provision delivery, etc. If you need help securing reliable vendors, the City will have some lists available.
- Please monitor the news closely for updates on when the crime scene is released. In addition, information is available at the City’s web site: www.cityofboston.gov and on Twitter @NotifyBoston.
We thank you for your patience as we rebuild together.
Thomas M. Menino,