FBI turns Boylston Street back over to City
Mayor Menino Receives American Flag that Flew over Finish Line
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For Immediate Release
April 22, 2013
Released By:
Mayor's Office
For More Information Contact:
Mayor's Press Office

WHEN:         Monday, April 22, 2013 5 p.m.


WHERE:       Boylston Street at Exeter Street


**NOTE** This is a POOL photo-op. Please contact the Mayor’s Press Office with pool print/TV photographer information.


WHO:          Mayor Thomas M. Menino

                  BPD Commissioner Ed Davis

                  Boston Office of Emergency Management team

                  Federal authorities


WHAT:          The Federal Bureau of Investigation presented Mayor Menino with a commemorative American flag that has flown at half-staff over the Boston Marathon Finish line in a ceremony that turned Boylston Street back over to the City of Boston.

This will enable the City to commence its five phase plan for re-opening the street, including:


                   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 cityofboston.gov/oneboston 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.


Claiming Property from Scene:

Items not taken as evidence by the FBI will be turned over to Boston Police. Items can be collected in three ways:

  1. Visit in person at One Schroder Plaza, Media Room – 8am to 8pm beginning Tuesday 4/23 to Friday 4/26.  Bring proper identification. Parking will be available on Tremont St. Please follow direction of officers.
  2. Email lostproperty.bpd@cityofboston.gov with name, phone number, email address and description of items lost (as detailed as possible). You will be contacted if the item is in possession of BPD.
  3. Call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500 with a description of lost items.  You will receive a follow up call from BPD.

Police will also attempt to personally deliver items to owners if the items contain owner information.




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