Asian CDC celebrates groundbreaking for One Greenway

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

The Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) and the New Boston Fund celebrated progress on One Greenway with a ceremonial groundbreaking on May 6 across from the construction site on Hudson and Kneeland streets. While construction began seven months before, the event gathered community members, former Hudson Street residents and local public officials.

“One Greenway connects Chinatown to the rest of the city, while maintaining a wonderful neighborhood identity,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

The One Greenway ceremonial groundbreaking took place May 6. (Left to right) Michael Monahan, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 163; Andy Coler, senior vice president of PNC Bank; Paul Lee, board president of ACDC; Mayor Marty Walsh; Jerry Rappaport, chairman emeritus for New Boston Fund; Janelle Chan, executive director of ACDC; Rich Davey, secretary and CEO of MassDOT; Sean Sacks, vice president of development for New Boston Fund; and Kirk Sykes, president of USA Fund and senior vice president for New Boston Fund. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 綠路一號動工儀式在5月6號舉行。(左至右)國際電力工人兄弟會本地163分會的Michael Monahan、PNC銀行的Andy Coler、亞美社區發展協會董事長李保華、市長華殊、新波士顿基金榮譽主席Jerry Rappaport、亞美社區發展協會行政主任陳潔瀅、麻州交通局的Rich Davey、新波士頓的Sean Sacks和美國基金總裁兼新波士頓基金的Kirk Sykes。(圖片由黃靈美提供。)

The One Greenway ceremonial groundbreaking took place May 6. (Left to right) Michael Monahan, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 163; Andy Coler, senior vice president of PNC Bank; Paul Lee, board president of ACDC; Mayor Marty Walsh; Jerry Rappaport, chairman emeritus for New Boston Fund; Janelle Chan, executive director of ACDC; Rich Davey, secretary and CEO of MassDOT; Sean Sacks, vice president of development for New Boston Fund; and Kirk Sykes, president of USA Fund and senior vice president for New Boston Fund. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The site borders Chinatown and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, with 363 residential units in two buildings. One Greenway has 146 designated affordable units, with completion of the 312-unit North Building facing Kneeland Street set for summer 2015.

“Sixty years ago, the community had housing here, but it was torn down by the highway,” said Rich Davey, secretary and CEO of the Mass. Department of Transportation. “This is for you.”

Paul Lee, Hudson Street resident and ACDC board president, spoke about the Asian community coming together to build One Greenway, much like the original Hudson Street neighbors. “We knew each other and made each other feel welcome. In the 1950s, we felt powerless to stop the highway. Now with community organizing, we have a stronger voice.”

The project includes 135 garage parking spaces, approximately 8,500 square feet of retail and community space, and public open space. One Greenway is on Parcel 24, which used to be an on-ramp for I-93.

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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