COVID-19 Outbreak Cancels All Community Group’s March Meetings

When it became appar­ent that the COVID-19 vi­rus had quickly turned into a pandemic and cases be­gan popping up all over the nation, East Boston’s local community groups that keep their eyes and ears on the neighborhood’s devel­opment projects and quali­ty-of-life issues began can­celling scheduled meetings.

It started last week when Orient Heights Neighbor­hood Council (OHNC) decided to cancel this past Monday’s meeting.

“The OHNC meeting previously scheduled for Monday, March 16, has been cancelled,” wrote the group on their website. “We are cancelling due to the COVID-19 response, in alignment with guidance regarding large gatherings as put forth by the YMCA (our host site) the City of Boston, and the Common­wealth.”

The group planned on discussing development projects at 61 Boardman St., 1188 Bennington St., 1045 Saratoga St. and 917 Bennington St. No votes were to be taken at the can­celled meeting.

The Jeffries Point Neigh­borhood Assocation then cancelled its monthly Plan­ning & Zoning Subcom­mottee meeting scheduled for Wed., March 18 (to­night).

“Due to the ongoing pub­lic health emergency, we are canceling Wednesday’s JPNA Planning & Zoning (P&Z) meeting,” the group said in a statement. “Please check in on each other, par­ticularly elderly neighbors or those with chronic health conditions. We’ll be in touch with more informa­tion as we know more. In the meanwhile, stay safe, wash your hands frequent­ly and feel free to email us at [email protected] We are fortunate to live in such a wonderful neighbor­hood.”

Both the Gove Street Cit­izens Association (GSCA) and Eagle Hill Civic As­sociation (EHCA) also canceled their meetings scheduled for the end of the month.

GSCA planned to meet Monday, March 23, and vote on a proposed develop­ment project to change the occupancy of a three-fami­ly dwelling to a four-family dwelling and add a fourth story addition at 303 Mav­erick St.

EHCA members will also not meet on Wednes­day, March 25, due to the ongoing COVID-19 out­break. The group had yet to finalize their agenda for the monthly meeting.

“The March 25 Eagle Hill Civic Association meeting has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pan­demic,” said EHCA Pres­ident Debra Cave. “Our primary concern is the well being of our community and all those who would be attending. We wish you and your loved ones good health.

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