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Council to Consider New Roxbury Park Community Center Proposals

The city is going to evaluate more modest plans for the facility after hearing residential concerns regarding the project.

The City Council will review additional proposals for a "scaled-down" modernization of the Roxbury Park Community Center, Mayor Barry Brucker said Tuesday.

In December the council  that came in over the $14.7 million budgeted for the project. Brucker then called a special  last week so residents could weigh in on the city's plans to revamp the facility.

"We heard wide-ranging points of views [at the public meeting], from do nothing except modernize the bathrooms, to build new within our budget restraints," Brucker told the Parent-Teacher Association Council, an umbrella group for the PTAs from the city's five schools.

Ideas and comments from last week's meeting are being sent to the council's Recreation and Parks liaison committee, which will come up with a more modest proposal for the community center, Brucker said. The liaison committee is comprised of Vice Mayor Willie Brien and Councilman Julian Gold.

"We will come up with a plan that will meet current and future recreational needs and still be sensitive to the concerns about traffic and parking," Brucker said. "All within our budget."

Meanwhile, Councilwoman Lili Bosse wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday, "Roxbury Park Community Center will not be built as the large expansion that was originally proposed. Stay tuned as there will be a timeline for the community to keep in the loop."

Bosse said the timeline for the process of rebuilding "will be transparent and will reflect the vision of our community." 

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Marie Cunningham February 03, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Thank you for your input!
Gary Gorlick February 04, 2012 at 03:38 PM
It is a shame that Mayor Brucker won't seat Bosse as a member of the Ad Hoc Roxbury Park Project committee. Some balance in this committee is only FAIR mayor. I surmise you know that many, if not most, of the park neighbors wish this.
Marie Cunningham February 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Do not believe everything you read in the Courier. It is biased and unprofessional. The publisher also threatens to pull candidate endorsements and advertising when people challenge the newspaper's viewpoints. Many of the articles don't even have bylines. I implore all readers to consider the agenda of the publisher. I myself have come under attack. No one should succumb to the Courier's bullying tactics.
Barry Brucker February 04, 2012 at 10:16 PM
As Mayor, it is my job to assign liaisons to different task forces or projects. With respect to Roxbury, I chose Vice Mayor Dr. Willie Brien and Council Member Dr. Julian Gold as the liaisons because they are currently the designated Council Liaisons to the Rec and Parks Commission thus staying consistent with normal protocol. In addition both Drs. Brien and Gold are the only council members with previous Rec and Parks Commission experience. “Back in December, we realized the bids were $2 million over budget. It was clear we needed further input from the community as to their vision with respect to size, scope and programmatic offerings all within our budget constraints. Although I have been lobbied quite aggressively by a few, I refuse to engage in a "political" food fight to fuel the agenda of the Courier Publisher whose goal is to fracture this Council and pit neighbor against neighbor. I recognize that all Council Members expressed interest in being designated liaisons to this project and unless someone can provide a compelling reason why Vice Mayor Dr. Brien and Council Member Dr. Gold could not perform their duties with the utmost integrity and professionalism then my decision stands". Barry Brucker, Mayor
Lili Bosse February 05, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I proposed that either Council Member Mirisch or myself serve on the liaison committee for Roxbury Park's renovation. There is no question that Vice Mayor Brien or Gold have the utmost integrity and professionalism. I am not sure why such issues are thrown into this discussion as no one suggested that they do not have those virtues..of course they do! I had suggested a new liaison committee for the obvious reasons that this issue has been very divisive in our community with various view points and vision for the park. Mayor Brucker has the ability to assign whomever he wants to a liaison committee. I firmly believe that putting either Brien or Gold, who had both supported the larger expansion, and either Mirisch or myself, who did not, would be a true reflection of the difference of opinions on this issue reflective of our community. To me, that was a coming together of two initial differing viewpoints towards a common compromise.Our community is more united than divided. To Mayor Brucker's point that Dr's Brien and Gold are the only members with previous Rec and Park experience, I am the only member of the council with Planning commission experience. This project requires a great deal of planning insight in order to mitigate traffic, parking, environmental impacts that may arise. The shared experience of Planning, Park and Rec, with most importantly, the input of our community, is the only way to come together with a win win for our community. Lili Bosse, Council Member

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