Chinatown meeting roundup: CCBA, CSC, CRA, TCC

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association met Jan. 30 at its 90 Tyler Street headquarters. New directors included (from left) Matthew Seto, Shujun Wu, Yunlan Zhang, Megan Cheung, Lili Mei, Ed Chiang. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

By Shira Laucharoen, Ruobing Su and Ling-Mei Wong

 

The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) met Jan. 30 at its 90 Tyler Street headquarters.

The CCBA is made up of family associations, community organizations and business groups, who each elect a director to represent them. Seven directors replaced their predecessors, for new representatives.

Nominations were made and voted on for the CCBA’s four committees: Election, Finance, Asset and Audit.

The CCBA gala will take place Feb. 17.

 

CSC

Captain Kenneth Fong of the Boston Police Department gave a crime update at the CSC meeting, held Feb. 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel. (Image courtesy of Shira Laucharoen.)

The Chinatown Safety Committee met Feb. 7 at the DoubleTree Hotel. The topics covered included a presentation on the renovation of a building located at 78 Tyler Street and an update from Orange Barrel Media, as well as a police report on criminal activity. The meeting was led by co-moderator Sherry Dong.

Nicholas Zozula from McDermott, Quilty and Miller proposed a plan to redesign a four-story building on 78 Tyler Street. The structure is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and was previously used as a convent. Now vacant, it has been used for storage and meetings. Zozula explained developer Mount Vernon Company’s intention to convert the space into 14 studio apartment units. The project needs zoning relief, which Dong said the Committee would decide on at a later date.

Dave Newman of Orange Barrel Media, a corporation that focuses on the digital facades on buildings, talked about the company’s planned digital display at the corner of Washington Street and Boylston Street. Over the next few months, a digital sign will also be constructed by the W Hotel. These signs feature advertising and community content. The ads are not allowed to feature tobacco, marijuana or nicotine related messages.

Capt. Kenneth Fong of the Boston Police Department reported on neighborhood crime, stating that there had been six larceny incidents, including shoplifting and the theft of a wallet, eight car break-ins, and 26 arrests, with one being a firearm arrest.

Nicholas Zozula of McDermott, Quilty and Miller presented on the building at 78 Tyler Street at the CSC meeting. (Image courtesy of Shira Laucharoen.)

CRA

The Chinatown Resident Association met Feb. 7 at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School.

Insurance company Senior Whole Health representative Anita Weng spoke about senior health benefits for 2018.

The City of Boston is seeking artist applications at MLKBoston.org for a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King by Feb. 28, said Paul English.

Zozula presented on developing 78 Tyler Street into 14 affordable studios. The location was formerly a convent for the Maryknoll Sisters. Developer Mount Vernon Company is seeking a zoning exemption for seven parking spaces from Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals, as the site is accessible by public transit.

Mount Vernon Company owns 40 Berkeley Street, a budget hotel with affordable housing units. However, the units do not have individual kitchens or bathrooms, requiring tenants to share. Once the 78 Tyler Street renovation is complete, 14 tenants from 40 Berkeley Street will move into the 14 studios. Property management company Maloney Properties will manage the affordable housing.

Zozula spoke at the Chinatown Resident Association meeting on Feb. 7 about converting 78 Tyler Street, a vacant convent, into 14 affordable studios. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

TCC

The Chinatown Coalition met Feb. 8 at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

State Sen. Joe Boncore gave an update on his legislative work.

State Sen. Joe Boncore gave an update on his legislative work at the Feb. 8 Chinatown Coalition meeting at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. (Image courtesy of Ruobing Su.)

Tufts Medical Center’s Asian Health Initiative is working on smoking cessation, said Sherry Dong, Tufts MC Director of Community Health Improvement Programs. It gave grants to seven community partners: Asian American Civic Association, Boston Asian: Youth Essential Services, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Josiah Quincy Elementary School, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Wang YMCA of Chinatown. The AACA’s grant is being used for the Sampan health content.

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