Linehan Applauds Deal to Build New Quincy Upper & Boston Arts Academy


After many years of working toward the goal of building a new school for the Josiah Quincy's needed expansion, which serves Chinatown, South End, Back Bay and surrounding neighborhoods, Councilor Bill Linehan is glad to see the project going forward.  Councilor Linehan has worked with the community and the school department on this issue for many years.

Councilor Linehan’s first involvement on this issue was, prior to getting elected, when he worked with the school department and the BRA to identify suitable locations for the expansion of the Josiah Quincy School and to provide the resources to meet the needs of neighborhood families in the interim while expansion details were figured out.  

Councilor  Linehan worked with the school department to retrofit the current Church St. location in order to facilitate the expansion of the Quincy Upper School. Eventually, the Abraham Linclon School adjacent to the Church Street site was added to the Quincy Upper Campus.  Due to age and the footprint of the building, expansion on the current site was deemed to be unfeasible and cost prohibitive.  After scouting several locations, parcel 25 on Kneeland Street was identified as the best option.  Councilor Linehan also was able to secure $14 million in mitigation funds from the Hayward Place development for the new school, which has been designated for capital investment at the Quincy Upper School.

The new school is much needed and long overdue.  It allows for the Quincy School to reach its full potential, and provides a much needed permanent home for the Boston Arts Academy.  The Boston Arts Academy had been looking at sites in the Theater Distict over the past years.  This site will provide a space for them to grow and not compromise uses on other sites that were being considered.

“Combining these two schools will provide several benefits.  It keeps the Quincy school in Chinatown and expands the number of seats available for students in the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods, and it will also save on cost.  Ensuring these seats for students in the downtown area is necessary to keep and attract families,” added Councilor Linehan.  “I’ve been working with the community on this issue for some time and it’s exciting to see that work paying off.  My hopes is that this site will be a quality addition to the Chinatown neighborhood and offer the community a full aray of activities, like suburban schools do.”

(From Caught in Southie) 


Bike Lanes on Broadway

City Councilor Bill Linehan has raised some serious concerns about plans for bike lanes on Broadway. Safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and vehicle traffic is the biggest concern.  After the meeting on this subject was held last month, it is also clear that there was not appropriate outreach to businesses on Broadway or all affected residents by the meetings’ organizers.

Bikes are allowed on local streets already and neighborhood bicyclists are welcome to bike up to Broadway to do some shopping.  Providing a designated lane for bikes on Broadway however would encourage all bicyclists, including commuters, to use Broadway.  A designated lane would signal to bicyclists that Broadway is the safest option, when clearly it is not.

Councilor Linehan would also like to see bike lanes placed on one-way streets wherever possible.  This allows for more room for both bikes and cars.  He’d also like to reduce the speed limit on these streets to create a safer atmosphere for bikes, cars and pedestrians.  

Representatives from Councilor Linehan’s office have been present at all Southie Bikes meetings and the lead organizer of Southie Bikes met with Councilor Linehan in his office to discuss bike infrastructure improvements.  Many bike improvements were discussed and Councilor Linehan has worked to get several of them approved, such as additional Hubway bike share locations for South Boston and bike lanes on A St.  Councilor Linehan will continue to work on better transportation initiatives for all.

Councilor Linehan, added, “There is room for all modes of transportation on city streets.  It is important that we provide infrastructure, and therefore options, to folks that prefer not to drive and to encourage them to do so.  However, it is equally important that when we make the decisions on where to provide these options, we consider how it affects safety and the neighborhood businesses.” 

If you have any questions, please contact Councilor Linehan’s Office at 617-635-3203  You can also follow him on Facebook, Bill Linehan and Twitter @linehanbill.

Rental Inspection Ordinance

City Councilor Bill Linehan has called for the immediate suspension of the recently enacted Rental Inspection Ordinance.  Councilor Linehan voted against this ordinance when it was brought before the Council but it passed by a 9-4 margin.  Since its enactment there has been much confusion regarding its implementation.  Linehan’s office has been inundated with calls and emails from constituents sine notices began being mailed to affected property owners.

Councilor Linehan joined several of his colleagues in writing a letter to Mayor Menino asking for the ordinance to be suspended until it once again goes before the City Council.  Councilor Charles Yancey called for a hearing on the matter at a recent City Council meeting and Councilor Linehan which 
Councilor Linehan supported.

The original deadline for registration was extended to August 31st because of the confusion around who was required to register, who was exempt and what the fees were.
Councilor Linehan added, “When this ordinance was first proposed I voted against it.  I felt then, as I do now, that this is an unfair tax on property owners who already pay their fair share in property taxes.  The way in which this ordinance has been implemented has been confusing and problematic.  I would like to see this ordinance repealed and will continue to work toward that end.  We owe it to the taxpaying residents of Boston to provide a clear explanation of the consequences of the ordinance which has not been provided as of yet.”

The City Council hearing on this matter should be held soon and we will spread the word throughout the district so those affected can attend and testify.

If you have any questions you can call Councilor Linehan’s Office at 617-635-3203.  You can also follow him on facebook, Bill Linehan and Twitter @Linehanbill.

Councilor Linehan Calls for More Police Officers

Councilor Linehan wholeheartedly supports Councilor Rob Consalvo's call for the addition of 200 Police officers in the City of Boston.  Boston's population has grown most recently and the amount of Police Officers has not caught up with that growth.  Presently Boston has just over 2,000 uniformed officers.  Boston has over 635,000 people residing in the City limits.  Job growth and growth in the tourism industry brings an additional 565,000 people to the City on a daily basis, many more than in the past.  In addition, the Boston Housing Authority Police has been underfunded and has lost significant officers over the years, leaving the majority of patrols to Boston Police.   
During this time of population growth Boston has also become more prosperous.  Based on this change of more people living, working and visiting Boston, 200 police officers seems not only reasonable but warranted. Financially, this City is doing well both from a private and public prospective and cutting costs around public safety is not good for the people or businesses.

-Bill Linehan


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