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Phase plan for re-opening Boylston street

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The five phase plan for re-opening Boylston street:

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.

Also a letter was addressed to residents and business on behalf of the Mayor's office.

Dear residents and business owners in impacted areas:

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has announced a staggered schedule for businesses and residents to begin returning to the impacted areas of Boylston Street.

While Boylston Street will remain closed to traffic and the general public, business owners and residents will be allowed to return to their places of business and homes tomorrow prior to the public's return.

The City's plan for business owners and residents will unfold in one-hour increments over the course of the day Tuesday.

The plan will be executed as follows:

• Business owners and residents will meet at the Hynes Convention Center, in Exhibit Hall B. They are asked to enter the Hynes Convention Center via the Prudential Center mall entrances, as the Boylston Street entrances remain closed.  There will be signage and volunteers to help direct.
• To assist with crowd issues, businesses are requested to only bring essential staff into the impacted area.
• Businesses and residents are asked to arrive at the Hynes at the following times to check in.

o       10:00 a.m.      Block between Hereford and Gloucester
o       11:00 a.m.      Block between Gloucester and Fairfield
o       12:00 noon      Block between Dartmouth and Clarendon
o       1:00 p.m.        Block between Clarendon and Berkeley
o       2:00 p.m.        Block between Exeter and Dartmouth
o       3:00 p.m.        Block between Fairfield and Exeter

• Following check-in, business owners and residents will be escorted to their sites by City staff wearing identification.  During the re-entry process, the City of Boston will be undertaking courtesy walkthroughs to help business owners identify any issues with which the City can help.

For residents and business owners unable to arrive at these times, the Hynes will be staffed by City personnel until 7:00 p.m.  As always, for other issues, please contact the Mayor's Hotline at 617 635-4500.

The City will have counseling services and other assistance available on site at the Hynes.  In addition, the mobile City Hall truck will continue to serve as a Business Assistance Center throughout the week.

Information provided by: The City of Boston

For more information please visit or call the Mayor's hotline at 617-635-4500

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