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.