At the Head of Boston Harbor
Pier 5 Association is returning the Boston Naval Yard Historic Pier 5 Park to the Public. Imagine a climate resilient inclusive waterfront. Pier 5 Park offers significant healthful public equity and compliments other efforts to preserve a climate resilient Boston Harbor.
- Pier 5 played a variety of strategic roles from Colonial times thru WWII.
- Collaboration for a global solution.
- Preservation of Boston’s Sea Based Community Heritage including
- Veterans, Gold Star Families
- Women Rights History
- Civic Recognised National Park (Tourism Asset).
- Specially Designated Place
- Re-establish view and vista Easements. Secure unobstructed views protection
Pier 5 is a place of historic value and global interest. It is central to historic economic arteries of Boston’s tourism market
- Freedom Trail
- Bunker Hill
- Harbor Walk
- Maritime Municipal Operations (Ferry, Taxi)
- Shipping Lane (Commerce Vessels)
- Visual Asset Management
- Recreational and 60% of Head of the Harbor is Private use for Marinas and Commerce
- Private Marinas
- Social needs of Charlestown Community
- Public Open Space Recreation
- Public Waterfront Access Recreation
- Community: Socio-economic Equity
- Community: Socio-ecological Equity
- Heat Island Reports
- Heat Island Effect
- Environmental Impact Study (Issues of toxic waste removal)
- Transportation & Traffic Impact Study
- Tourism Economic Study
- Park vs Private Public Equity Value
- Climate Resilience: Boston is in Retrograde
- LOMR of Flagship affect Pier 5.
- Your Neighbors and Friends with over 200 years of local residency combined.
- We represent over 3,200 Petition Supporters
- Access to Harbor and Water for community
- Join us and Help make Pier 5 Park Public Again.
- Online Petition at Change.org
Waterfront Law Preserves Public Access to – Chapter 91
Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 91 – Preserves Public Access Waterfront
- Chapter 91 codifies the public trust doctrine.
- Chapter 91 protects the public’s rights and waterfront access.
- All land under Pier 5 is public land.
- Flowed Tidelands for Water Dependent Use
- Courageous Sailing full operations protection
- Charlestown Ferry docking station.
- Water dependent uses are the focus.
PROMISE V. THE PLAN
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- The Boston Redevelopment Authority- plans to develop Pier 5 as Affordable Housing
- 3 RFPs (request for proposal) for Pier 5 from 2019 are still pending.
- DEP- Dept of Environmental Protection (in charge of preserving public rights to waterfront) has been found to have violated the law in the creation of the MHP (Municipal Harbor Plans) in a lawsuit by Harbor Towers residents and the Conservation Law Foundation challenging MHP. Case is on appeal.
- DEP is now trying to add the Illegal MHPs into the DEP regulations to fix this problem. The regulation changes are pending.
- Charlestown MHP is from 1991 and expired in 1996 which BPDA denies.
- Using a Waterfront Activation Plan from 2007 for Charlestown which is probably illegal but would have to be subject of a lawsuit.
Our issues with BPDA plan
- No parameters for any developments of Pier 5
- Current zoning height 55 ft plus mechanicals plus 5 feet for FEMA zone
- Ch. 91 requirements –Water Dependent Uses Required
- MHP – Coastal Development Overlay, etc. blockage of waterfront
- Coastal Zone Management or Federal Navigation Servitude
- Fire, Police, Traffic, Parking etc..
- Conflicts with the Flagship Wharf c.91 licensing.
- Toxic Waste Release if Pier 5 disturbed
- Flooding and Climate change
- Structural Damage to surrounding Buildings
BPDA Vision- “Imagine Boston 2030”?
Image from Boardwalk of viewshed Nitzan did.
“Green Area” at the Head of the Harbor for Public Uses
– This huge mural was hung at the BRA entrance for years –
The Community ideas
- Marine life education and research
- Historical exhibits, art presentations…
- Cafe, pop-ups, fresh air venues
- Underwater viewing: Ecology, Technology
- Complete Public Access and Views
OTHER CITIES HAVE DONE IT WHY CAN’T WE
- NYC and Philadelphia piers are iconic models
- Lots of other examples
- History with BPDA
- 2015 Director Brian Golden meeting Golden Promise to welcome the opening of Pier 5 as an public park
“An activated waterfront is anchored by varied types of open spaces, featuring cultural resources and year-round programming and connecting people with the natural, cultural, and economic history of the region.“Source: Imagine Boston 2030 | Boston.gov
PIER 5 NOW
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- No repairs done from 1975 to present
- 43 years since first evaluation (April 15, 1987)
- BPDA ONLY solutions –Build or Bulldoze
- Pier 5 unique fireproof construction
- Steel pilings different from typical wood pilings
- Need creative approaches
- Unique challenge
Examples (partial list)
- Repair and Strengthening of Submerged Steel Piles Using GFRP Composites | Journal of Bridge Engineering | Vol 21, No 7 (ascelibrary.org)
Our community collaborative for socio-ecological justice includes
- Feasibility Visions of Pier 5
- Strategic plan
- Thousands of Boston Redevelopment Authority Documents Reviewed
- Thousands of Petition Signatures
- Community Events & Engagements
- Pier 5 Fence Public Children Decorated
- Fight Disinformation (Bullying from Developers on Several occasions including physical threat)
- Several Independent Engineering Firm Engagements
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Please help Keep Pier 5 Public
Many hands make light work
- Sign the Petition at Change.Org
- Donate to our efforts—Can we count on you?
- Engage with us and Volunteer
- Advocate and call your councilor, legislator, governor
- Invite Our Community to Pier 5 to share Our Vision
- Save Pier 5 for future for generations
- Explore Options for Making Our Vision a Reality
- Multiply $$$$$, people and support
This meeting request – BPDA adherence to the community promise
“The Charlestown Navy Yard Waterfront Activation Network Plan The 2007 plan’s overarching goal is to:
- enhance the Navy Yard’s waterfront with uses that are appealing to both local residents and workers, as well as visitors.
- The plan seeks to fulfill the promise made upon decommissioning to make this site of national significance open and welcoming to all.
while doing so in a way that is compatible with the needs of those who have chosen to live and work in the Navy Yard.
Strategies from the 2007 plan include:
- the creation of year-round public destinations;
- improved access, wayfinding, and signage; and
- increased water-dependent uses such as sailing facilities, marinas, and water transit facilities.”
Child’s Engineering Study is Insufficient
A second technical opinion with a detailed analysis of the risks and benefits of competing alternative restoration approaches is necessary
Anticipate an Economic Relief package with earmarks for infrastructure repair
A public solution to include further detailed engineering & design work, with restoration approaches that address environmental risks, shoreline resiliency, and best community interest – will require prompt action
Incorporate and seek 501(c)3 status