Screen shot from video of City Councilor Charles Yancey speaking at a Casey Arborway meeting on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Yancey on Casey: ‘I Have Grave Concerns About This Project’

Name-checking the successful grassroots effort that stopped the Southwest Expressway, City Councilor Charles Yancey told a sometimes raucous crowd of about 175 that he wants to make sure neighborhoods outside JP, notably Mattapan, don't suffer from ills he sees in the massive project. Yancey, who represents District Four, said he'd soon announce a date for a City Council hearing he's sponsoring forĀ an "urgent review of the impacts" on the city's neighborhoods. Yancey was among the many voices at Thursday's construction information meeting at English High School who called the whole effort into question. Transportation officials have struggled at each of the three construction meetings this year to limit discussion to practical questions about carrying out the project. The District 4 councilor wants a series of public hearings on the traffic and environmental impacts of neighborhoods all along Route 203.

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O’Malley Urges Realistic Expectations for Hearings on Casey

City Council moved a step closer to holding hearings on the Casey Arborway, amid warnings from Jamaica Plain's district councilor that the board has zero ability to change the massive state project. Councilor Charles Yancey of Dorchester called for the hearings, on grounds that neighborhoods outside JP haven't been heard from and amid concerns for medical patients who use the Casey to reach hospitals at Longwood and downtown. Yancey said the hearings would give the state, and possibly city agencies, a chance to tell people their plans for the demolition and construction. The 1950s-era flyover is being razed in favor of a network of surface streets. "This is not an order to cease and desist the demolition of the Casey Overpass," Yancey said during Wednesday's City Council meeting.

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Final conditions as planned for Casey Arborway project.

Councilor Yancey Asks for Hearings on Casey Arborway

At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Councilor Charles Yancey plans to call for an "urgent review of the impacts" on the city's neighborhoods from the giant Casey Arborway project. According to the hearing order, the District 4 councilor wants a series of public hearings on the traffic and environmental impacts of neighborhoods all along Route 203. There's nothing in the order about rebuilding a bridge instead of the planned at-grade series of roads. But people who are holding out for a bridge plan to lobby city councilors on Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The group will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at security in the lobby, according to an item sent to the social networking site Nextdoor.

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City Councilor Charles Yancey, District 4, speaks at a community meeting on the Arborway Yard at English High School on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

Move the Arborway Yard? Yancey, Rozzie Residents Say Not So Fast

A plan to move the massive Arborway Bus Yard away from Forest Hills faced a buzz saw of criticism Wednesday. City Councilor Charles Yancey, whose district includes the proposed new site, said he was outraged his office hadn't been contacted. And Rozzie residents wearing "Ask Roslindale" tags voiced hearty disapproval. The action took place at a well-attended community meeting regarding the 17-acre site. More than 70 people came to the cafeteria at English High School to see a presentation about the idea of moving the bus yard to the American Legion Highway.

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