October 2015 Minutes

St. Mark’s Area Civic Association 

Minutes of the November 29, 2015 Meeting

The meeting was called to order began at 7:03.  There were 46 souls present.



Officer Mike Keaney gave his police report.   All of the statistics he was reporting were assaults.  He reminded us that the next police exam is coming up and the deadline to apply is November 15.  Call 617-343-4677 with questions.  People get preference in the civil service exam and he highly encourages people to take it.  Mike is collecting candy for C-11’s annual Halloween party.

Annika Nielsen from The Daily Table grocery market introduced herself and talked about the store.  The Daily Table is a non-profit grocery store selling low-priced food and prepared food.  The store is for all people, not just low-income.  She is looking for volunteers to help.  The store’s mission is to sell nutritious food at an affordable price.  They are open seven days a week from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and it’s located at 450 Washington Street, just north of Codman Square.  There is free parking across the street.  The store attracts about 300 people per day.  This is a pilot store and the goal is to go nationwide.  Annika again stressed that the store is for all people.

Mai Phung representing Jennie Trinh of 53-55 Shepton Street presented a request for a variance to creat an easement with parking in the rear.  He brought 29 letters and abutters.  After a question and answer session a vote was taken.  The community vote was 25 Yes and 1 No.  The membership vote was 15 Yes and 1 No.

James Rudser from the Law Offices of James Rudser and J. Christopher presented a request for support to build two four-story, 7 unit buildings (for a total of 14 units) with 24 parking spaces at 73-77 Dix Street.  There were a number of questions about the changes that had been made from previous presentations including the number of units and affordable housing allocations.  After a question and answer session a vote was taken.  The community vote to support the request was 16 Yes and 16 No.  The membership vote was 8 Yes and 10 No. 

President Doug Hurley recognized political attendees and we received updates from some of the representatives.

The meeting adjourned at 8:50.

Respectfully submitted,



Doug Shaheen

Secretary, SMACA

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St. Marks Area Civic Association
The St. Marks Area Civic Association is a group of community conscious residents who want to improve the quality of life in our section of Dorchester. We meet in the lower hall of St, Marks Church, at 1725 Dorchester Ave on the last Tuesday of each month