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Page4 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 20, 2015 BRA Board Approves Five Projects New Hotel will Transform Historic Building in Charlestown Navy Yard Chain Forge Building. The Board of Directors for the Boston Re- development Authority (BRA) approved five development proposals. Combined, the projects represent over $131 million of in- vestment in Boston's economy, and they are projected to create nearly 500 construction jobs. New housing projects were approved for East Boston, Brighton, and South Bos- ton, and a new hotel in the Charlestown Navy Yard also won approval. Several of the proposals on the agenda involve adaptive reuses of existing buildings. Historic building in Charlestown Navy Yard to be rehabilitated for new hotel and restaurant. Kavanagh Advisory Group re- ceived approval to redevelop the Chain Forge Building, also known as Building 105, in the Charlestown Navy Yard as a 230-key lim- ited service and extended stay hotel with 6,000 square feet of restaurant space. The site, part of the Navy Yard's Historic Monu- ment Area, has undergone extensive envi- ronmental remediation for asbestos, lead paint, and contaminated soil and piping to make way for the new Chain Forge Hotel Former Gate of Heaven School to be redeveloped for housing in South Boston. After a lengthy community process, the BRA Board approved Omamore Enterprises' redevelopment plans for the former Gate of Heaven School in South Boston. Redevelop- ment of the property has been in discus- sion since the Archdiocese of Boston closed the school in 2008. While some community members pushed for another school to fill the vacant building, no viable option was found. Ornamore's proposal involves an adaptive reuse of the existing four-story building, which will contain 26 condominium units, with a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom residences, when complete. Three of the units will be designated as affordable, in conformity with the city's affordable hous- ing policy. There will also be 40 on-site park- ing spaces. The developer hopes to begin rehabilita- tion of the property by the fall, with the goal of finishing construction within a year. Boston Teachers Union set to construct new headquarters in Dorchester's Colum- bia Point. The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) will replace its existing headquarters in Columbia Point with a brand new building and parking structure as part of a two-phase project. The first phase of the BTU Building Replacement Project entails demolition of the existing building and construction of a new three-story building to be used for the BTU Health and Welfare Fund Offices, union of- fices, an optical shop, a credit union, meet- ing spaces, and a function hall supported by 135 surface parking spaces. A 300-space, two-story parking facility will be constructed in phase two, which will alleviate BTU's current need to utilize parking on the nearby University of Massachusetts Boston campus. The project will include a pedestrian walk- way that could serve as a future connection to the Boston Harborwalk. Designers also incorporated a 6,500-square foot outdoor event plaza. 80 New apartments slated for 1505 Com- monwealth Ave in Brighton. An under- utilized five-story office building will be transformed into 80 new apartments at 1505 Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton. Partners (Continued on Page 7) L'Anno BeUo: A Year in Italian Folklore by Ally Di Censo Symynkywicz WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK ... rates as low as... Loan 4.soo% for 2nd Mortgages 10 year Loan 5.ooo% for 2nd Mortgages APR ..... Today's Variable Floating Rate Balances up to $250,000 15 for 2nd Mortgages Variable Rate Based on WSJ Prime 419 Broadway Everett, MA 02149.617-387-1110 com by Sal Giarratani Seeking Justice for Ryan Morrissey Knowing that the three individuals who allegedly mur- dered young Ryan Morrissey last November as he stepped out of the A-I Convenience Store on Main Street in Charlestown will face justice can only bring bitter solace to a family and community outraged at this murder on November 5% Ryan was minding his own business and reportedly was mistaken by the shooters for someone else. There's a say- ing about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Irish, as my mother always told me, are so fatalistic. Is there really such a thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Was it Ryan's time as some might say? I guess being half Sicilian, I am not really into that "It's your time" thing. Ryan had a right to be where he was without being killed by a so-called "mistake." As Peter Gelzinis wrote recently, "In the 17a year of his life, with a world of possibilities ahead of him, Ryan Morrissey was fatally shot." Such violence is difficult to understand and very hard to move on from. We see instantly how fragile life can be. One minute here, the next moment gone. How does a family move on? Convicting his killers is the easy part, but a court verdict won't bring young Ryan back to his parents or to his sister and brother. There will always be a place at the table, a pew in the church, a baUgame to watch or a movie to see when his memory will come back to haunt the loved ones he left behind. Charlestown over the years has had its share of violence. My mother, born in 1909, grew up in Charlestown and her family suffered through the same kind of violence, when her older brother John was killed and found in a doorway on Main Street. My mother always missed him and talked about him and never stopped loving him, but she never knew why he was killed. Knowing that the culprits in the Morrissey killing have been arraigned at Charlestown District Court is the start of a painful journey the family must begin. Hopefully, at the end of this journey a verdict bringing justice for a young man who still should be with us will be reached. Thanks go out to the Boston Herald for running an essay by Ryan just before his 15th birthday, which was originally published as a blog post by the Boston Centers for Youth and Families back in 2012. Listen to Ryan speaking to us now, "Hi, my name is Ryan Joseph Morrissey and I live in Charlestown ... with my mom, dad, sister Michaela and brother Craig ... I have lived in Charlestown all my life and I am proud of it. The com- munity is a lot better now, but the drugs are still big prob- lems ... I love being a kid, but everyone has to grow up in the community to survive and that is what I'm going to do." Ryan was hoping to play hockey and football, hoping to get a good education, hoping to buy a motorcycle, hoping to own two dogs and hoping to meet a nice girl and have kids. As he ended his blog he stated, "That is life for me. If I don't do right, I can't have this." Sadly, he did all the right things and he now can't have what he dreamed. I am sure justice will be served because justice is needed. We all need to work overtime to make our communities and our neighborhoods safe for all who call them home. Many went to his wake and said good-bye to a friend who should still be with us. We recognize that life is a gift from God. We need to live it well. Ryan didn't live a long life, but it was a good life to be remembered by all who knew him. I pray for the Morrissey family who will never forget that day last November when God took Ryan into his arms. This is when our faith takes hold and carries us through the anger, sadness and disbelief. 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