Mayor Says EB Waterfront Development Very Close

At a meeting held inside city hall last week with members of the local press, including Reporter John Lynds of the East Boston Times Free Press, Mayor Thomas Menino made it plain and clear that the East Boston waterfront is  a step away from contracts being signed for the development of the waterfront.

Responding to several questions from the Times reporter, the mayor said word would soon be coming regarding several projects that he would like to see developed but that in each instance, city hall had to first be satisfied with the developer and that the developer could fulfill its promises.

This comes as good news at a time when some East Boston residents and officials concerned about waterfront development here were coming to wonder if the mayor was going to follow up his promise made last January.

The mayor made it abundantly clear that in the coming weeks and months development projects will be announced and will finally get underway on the East Boston waterfront.

He said the only thing holding up developments at the moment is the crossing of T’s and the dotting of I’s.

He also said at the same meeting that he was very proud of the new East Boston Public Library that is already underway and that he has within his eyesight and parameters a complete overhaul of the Orient Heights public housing projects.

Action can be expected on the East Boston Waterfront sooner rather than later, said the mayor last week.

The mayor knows of what he speaks.

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