Update – A spokesperson for Gov. Maura Healey told the Herald Wednesday night, “The state and United Way have been evaluating additional safety-net sites. No new sites are confirmed at this time. Healey’s office also stated the Comfort Inn in Dorchester is “not under consideration.”
The Boston Herald is reporting that Fort Point neighbors were informed that migrants could be moving into their neighborhood soon. Where are they moving to, you ask? A vacant area of an office building on Farnsworth Street – not far from the Children’s Museum.
Needless to say, some neighbors are freaking out and demanding an emergency meeting with the City of Boston. According to the Herald, state rep. David Biele emailed neighbors that the United Way received a grant from the Healey administration “to identify and set up overflow shelters for families on the waitlist throughout the state.” Biele also stated that the state is in conversations with a private landowner on Farnsworth Street. He added that “nothing has been finalized yet.”
Both City Councilor Ed Flynn and City Councilor at-large Erin Murphy expressed concerns over the proposal of sheltering migrant families in an office building to the Herald, stating they didn’t think that building would be adequately suited for a shelter, including the fact it doesn’t have showers.
The Herald also reports that another spot is being considered for a migrant shelter is 900 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester – which has already been the center of some neighborhood controversy -after it was announced it would be converted to housing for the formerly homeless.
The current temporary migrant shelter – Roxbury Cass Center – is already at its 400-person capacity and was met with criticism from the neighborhood.
The state also operates other sites in Cambridge, Quincy, and Revere.
You can read all the details here via the Boston Herald.