BHAC to Review Applications for Streetscape Modifications

The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission is scheduled to review two applications this Thursday that aim to improve pedestrian and wheelchair accessibility on neighborhood streets and sidewalks.

The city’s Public Works Department is proposing changes to make Joy Street more pedestrian friendly, including the replacement of sidewalks, the installation of ADA-accessible ramps at Beacon Street and the introduction of bollards along the frontage of Beacon Hill Nursery School at 74 Joy St. These modifications are planned as part of the first phase of Connect Historic Boston – an initiative between the National Park Service and the Boston Transportation Department to facilitate accessibility to sites citywide via walking, biking and public transportation.

In another matter, the Public Works Department is proposing the construction of ADA-accessible ramps with brick-red, composite tactile strips at various brick and concrete sidewalks within the Historic Beacon Hill District. This application is continued from the Architectural Commission’s October hearing, at which time the Public Works Department postponed its request.

Both applications are on the agenda for the Architectural Commission’s next public hearing in Room 801 at City Hall on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m.

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