The director of Egleston Square Main Street was one of 13 Bostonians honored recently for their dedication to the community as part of the first Love Your Block Civic Engagement Ceremony. Luis Cotto was an individual winner for the "Vacant Lot Revitalization Award" for his leadership in transforming two vacant spaces on the border of Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. One is the Peace Garden, located on the corner of School Street & Washington Street. The second lot, will be known as Robert Lawson Park, is on the corner of Atherton Street and Columbus Avenue. "I applaud all the award winners on receiving this honor and those who show everyday a commitment to improving the community around them," said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release.
Luis Edgardo Cotto is going to Puerto Rico to help in relief efforts and bringing items to assist with longterm necessities such as clean water and electricity. Cotto, the executive director of Egleston Square Main Street, has opened up its office at the Egleston Square YMCA to receive donations. He has also created an online fundraising page. "My plan is to go to Puerto Rico to personally deliver (and install) solar lanterns, water filtration systems and 50w solar kits in the town of Cidra, Barrio of Montellano, Sector of La Bloquera," said Cotto to Jamaica Plain News. A sector is to Cidra what Egleston Square is to Boston -- a neighborhood.
Several local community and business groups will hold a meeting Wednesday morning to encourage the city to "even the playing field" for small business owners. The meeting was called by leaders from JP Local First, Egleston Square Main Street, City Life/Vida Urbana and the JP Neighborhood Development Corp. It will be at 10 a.m. at the Egleston Square YMCA, 3134 Washington St. Business owners are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be with Karilyn Crockett of the city's Main Streets program and Lydia Edwards of the Office of Housing Stability.
Thirty volunteers of all ages from John Hancock and Youth Build descended on the Peace Park on Wednesday to build a new stage, paint, lay bricks for a new patio, spread mulch and plant flowers in one of the biggest volunteer improvement projects since the Peace Park was completed in 2000. Organized by Egleston Square Main Streets, the volunteers got the Peace Park ready for a summer that includes monthly concerts beginning June 20 at noon. The gallery below gives peek at all the work done.
3200 Washington Street as proposed. Looking south. Credit: 3190 Washington St. LLC
A three-man development team plans to build the largest housing development in the history of Egleston Square; a community it describes as "a vibrant [one] that owes its vibrant identity to its diversity to ethnic, racial, age and economic patterns." 3190 Washington Street LLC, managed by Justin Iantosca with partners Paul Iantosca and Dan Mangiacotti, has acquired the 3/4 acre that includes Economy Plumbing and E+J Auto at Washington Street, Montebello and Iffley Roads. A three building, $20 million, 76 unit development is proposed, to include two 5-to-6 story buildings facing Washington Street.