The article "Project fails to impress" (City Weekly, March 2) requires clarification on several key points related to the redevelopment at Charlesview Residences.
The article begins by referencing a list of perceived shortcomings. If these reflect the concerns of some of our neighbors, we look forward to addressing them in direct discussions in the coming weeks. The article misses the fact that Charlesview is an enduring symbol of Allston-Brighton's community spirit. This is not a development imposed on the community by outside forces - it is a creation of this community, through its houses of worship, for this community.
Also missing from the article is context. Our proposal is framed by Charlesview Inc.'s mission to preserve the existing 213 units as an affordable housing resource into the future, and advance the urban design goals in the North Allston Strategic Framework for Planning. Some points of fact:
The article references "boring retail." While no specific retail uses have been determined, the objective is to reinvigorate the area and provide amenity-rich services to the entire community.
The Charlesview Residences will enhance the existing neighborhood and add much-needed affordable housing - and a model of green development - to the city. We are looking forward to the community process and to working with our neighbors on a development that will spur the revitalization of this part of the city.
RABBI ABRAHAM HALBFINGER
The Community Builders Inc.