Monthly Archive for November, 2015

Minutes: November 2015 Meeting

Minutes for TCC Meeting from November 12, 2015

BCNC, 4th Floor. 9:30-11am

Attendees: Sherry Dong, Elizabeth Likovich, Chris Hill, Alexandra Ong, Maureen White, Shifu Wang, David Dower, Courtney Ho, Bet Har Wong-Chan, Annie Chin-Louie, Debbie Chen, Enoch Liao, Helen Chin-Schlichte, Lev McCarthy, Christopher Blackler, Kate Chang, Mark Liu, Kun Chang.


Minutes for TCC Meeting on November 12, 2015

I. “Graybar Project” Update. 345 Harrison Ave. – Elizabeth Likovich, UDR Associate

-         Development at former Graybar site

-          577 units

  • 25% studios
  • 50% 1 bedroom
  • 22% 2 bedroom
  • 3% 3 bedroom

-          20% affordable – 10% on-site, 10% off-site

  • Will be distributed evenly throughout the building

-          270 parking spaces – added parking to address South End resident concerns

-          About 150 feet in height

-          Public courtyard

-          33,500 sq feet of retail

  • 5% of retail space will be affordable and there will be an application process for that space

-          Retail ideas:

  • Pharmacy
  • Coffee store
  • Doggie daycare
  • Bank

-          Has demolished old Graybar building.  Will start construction in the spring.

II. ArtsEmerson Vision – David Dower, Artistic Director

-          4 performance spaces in the neighborhood

-          Want ArtsEmerson to reflect the diversity of Boston

-          Host Boston Asian American Arts Festival

-          Have three other upcoming Asian American performances planned

-          Community Engagement Tools

  • Ambassador Club
    • Take cohorts to watch arts throughout the year and learn about their experiences
  • Playreading Book Club
    • Meet artists, cast and read play
  • Cast parties

-          Want to include both amateur and professional in these spaces

-          Have community residency curators – community people curate based on their own relationships

-          Artists by contract need to do three community engagement activities

-          20% of seat tickets are available for community engagement partners at large venues

-          David Dower reachable at

III. Adult Education Update, Boston Chinese Evangelical Church – Enoch Liao, Pastor

-          BCEC background

  • Founded in 1961
  • Over 1200 in weekly attendance currently
  • Space in Newton and Chinese

-          Objectives for Community English Classes: Survival English, prepare citizenship interview, friendship and support, share love of God

-          2 semesters a year and summer phonics class

-          140+ students, 11 ESL classes, 2 citizenship classes

-          Bilingual classes in Cantonese and Mandarin.  One higher level English only class

-          Applications throughout the semester

-          Cost: $25/semester

-          Once a week, Saturday 9AM-12PM, 14 weeks

-          Students are promoted with the teachers every semester

IV. Announcements

-          Go Boston 2030 – Maureen White

  • Boston Transportation Planning Initiative
  • Saturday, November 14 12-2:30PM – Chinatown
    • Josiah Quincy Elementary School
    • Dialogue across neighborhoods
    • Childcare and translation available
  • Saturday, November 19 – Roslindale

-          Calling for Letters of Support for Chinatown Library

-          December 6 – Mayor’s Enchanted Trolley Tour

  • Mayor and Santa Claus meet and greet

-          Ribbon Cutting for One Greenway (66 Hudson St) on Tuesday November 17 @ 1:45 PM. Please RSVP to Christine Nguyen at, preferably by Friday, November 13, 2015. You will be able to view common areas but not any of the units.

Letter of Support for Chinatown Branch Library

[The following is a message from the Chinatown Cultural Committee, a group spearheading efforts for a Chinatown Branch Library.]

Dear TCC members,
At the last TCC meeting, the Chinatown Library committee gave an update on our progress and asked members of TCC to write letters of support to the Mayor’s office. This is an important strategy so that the Mayor understands that there is widespread community support for a branch library. Below is a template to use. We ask that you put the letter on your organizational letter head and send the letter to and cc the following people:

Daniel Koh
Jerome Smith
Christine Schonhart
Carolyn Rubin

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Carolyn Rubin, Chair, Chinatown Cultural Committee

Letter template:
Dear Mayor Walsh,

On behalf of (your organization), we are writing in support of the Chinatown Library Campaign.

(Describe your organization’s mission)

(Your organization) believes a Chinatown Branch library is important because _____________. A branch library holds the potential to be a focal gathering place for the community, fill a gap in needed services and also help to anchor Chinatown as a cultural center given the shifting demographics in the neighborhood.

We know that building a library is a multi-step process and as a first step, we are writing to urge the mayor to allocate funds for an updated feasibility study for building a Chinatown Branch Library at the China Trade Center. We believe that the China Trade Center is a potential site for the library and believe the building could be an important anchor for the Chinatown community. Allocation of capital funds for a feasibility study could provide us with the technical and planning expertise that we need to explore how we get from here to the end goal, which could include and incorporate creative approaches to leveraging developer commitments.

We appreciate your commitment to establishing a branch library for the neighborhood and want to work with you to make this happen.

Your name and title

CC: Daniel Koh
Jerome Smith
Christine Schonhart
Carolyn Rubin

Agenda: November 12, 2015 Meeting

Agenda for November 12, 2015 Meeting from 9:30-11am at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

1) Introduction & Welcome
2) Project Update: 345 Harrison Ave (Graybar)
3) ArtsEmerson Vision Update
4) Adult Education Update (Boston Chinese Evangelical Church – Community English Classes)
5) Annoucements
- GoBoston 2030
- Support Letters for Chinatown Branch Library