For Immediate Release
May 11, 2011
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Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Department of Neighborhood Development Director Evelyn Friedman announced efforts currently underway to repair and repaint picket fences throughout the city that were damaged by extreme winter weather. Last fall, as part of routine maintenance, the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) cleaned more than 700 lots owned by the City of Boston and repainted 87 damaged fences. However, the vast majority of fences were once again damaged due to the winter's extensive snow accumulation and removal efforts. In March, the Department of Neighborhood Development began an assessment of the damage, and started renovating and painting damaged fences along Blue Hill Avenue.
"Bostonians are used to extreme weather, but this year was extraordinary," Mayor Menino said. "Repairing weather related damage to city owned property is crucial in maintaining clean, attractive, and livable neighborhoods."
DND's Real Estate Management and Sales (REMS) Division is responsible for the maintenance, site assessment, and disposition of the City's tax foreclosed and surplus property, which include vacant parcels, as well as residential, commercial, and industrial properties. REMS recently allocated about $16,000 to repair and paint the damaged fences by the end of May.
"At the Department of Neighborhood Development we are committed to the restoration and upkeep of City owned lots and property," said Evelyn Friedman. "This spring due to the extensive damage caused by severe winter weather we had to increase our efforts to repair and clean city-owned vacant lots in our neighborhoods."
The Department of Neighborhood Development is responsible for improving the quality of life in Boston's neighborhoods primarily through the development and preservation of housing, and through development of the neighborhood businesses sector. Specifically, the department funds public and private affordable housing developments, provides assistance to potential and existing homeowners, as well as education about foreclosure prevention counseling, offers repair programs for existing homeowners, manages City-owned properties, and promotes neighborhood business development.