Mayor Menino Previews Plan for Copley Square Re-Opening
City’s Emergency Management Team Develops 5 Phase Plan for Respectful Reentry of Area when it is Released by Federal Authorities
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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2013
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Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and members of his Emergency Management Team and Cabinet previewed plans for the re-opening of Boylston Street and the Copley Square area of Boston. 

The Five phase plan will commence when the scene is cleared by Federal Authorities and returned to the City of Boston. 

“Nearly a week ago our City took a deep breath and was forced to dive into a pool of uncertainty and fear,” Mayor Menino said. “Friday as our officers reported to the world ‘we got him’, a huge sigh of relief was felt across our great city and nation so now it is time for us to start moving our city forward.” 

The Mayor committed to two top priorities for the plan:

  • Making sure the City reopens this area as respectfully as we can for the victims, their families and all of those impacted by last week’s tragic events
  • Operating as quickly and seamlessly, without bureaucracy for the business owners and residents who have also been affected by the attack on our City.
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The City’s Copley Square Re-Entry Plan is a multi-agency effort that maximizes all of the resources – Manpower, Equipment and Expertise - of our city team. 

The Five Phase effort includes:

Phase 1:  Decontamination and Testing

Phase 2:  Structural Building Assessments and Utility Coordination

Phase 3:  Debris Removal

Phase 4:  Internal Building Assessments

Phase 5:  Re-Entry, Communications, and Counseling

As this plan commences we will be respectful with all memorials and other personal effects left at the scene. The Boston Police Department will return personal items secured at the scene that have not been retained as evidence by the FBI.  The items that are now part of a memorial to victims at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets will be temporarily relocated to Copley Square Park as will other items from other memorial sites around the area.  As we respect the need for people to continue to express their support for the victims and our city we will place large message boards in the vicinity of the area to allow people to record their thoughts and reflections. 

As we move toward re-opening we will continue to update the public on our progress and plans. 

For more information or resources please log onto or call our Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500. Businesses affected can call or visit our Business Resource Center at the Park Plaza Hotel.  Anyone with counseling needs should contact the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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Mayor Menino Preview Re-Entry Plan


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