Join Friends + Neighbors in East Boston Saturday, October 23, 2021 9am – 10am E Eagle St + Condor St
Ballot Measure Question 2 Rally: #NoEastieSubstation
When: Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time: Start 9:00am to 10:00 am: Rain or Shine: This Event Will Not Be Cancelled
Where: American Legion Park, East Eagle Street at Condor Street, 331 Condor St. East Boston
Eversource proposes to build an electric substation at Condor St. on the Chelsea Creek in East Boston, a location widely opposed by residents, organizations, and elected officials.
#NoEastieSubstation Question 2 asks voters:
Should a high voltage, electric substation be built at 400 Condor Street in East Boston, along the Chelsea Creek, near homes, parks, playgrounds, jet fuel storage, and in a flood risk area, rather than in a nearby alternative safe and secure location such as non-residential Massport land at Logan Airport?
“The ballot measure will be the first time residents will be able to directly express to the City our opposition to this ill-conceived idea. We trust the new Mayor will use all her available powers to resolve this serious issue.” said East Boston resident Heather O’Brien.
Practical alternative sites exist, such as on secure Massport land at Logan Airport.
Residents were promised an athletic field and natural flood protection buffer on the Condor St. property, which was City land until Eversource was given the prime waterfront site in a hastily arranged land swap with the City in 2018.
Prior to the land swap, the City’s Inspectional Services Department granted Eversource a complete waiver on basic City review of the project. The City gave Eversource this rarely-given blanket waiver without any notice to neighbors or opportunity for comment.
Mayor Kim Janey has stated her opposition to the East Boston substation, as have Councilor Lydia Edwards, State Representative Adrian Madaro, and Boston mayoral candidates Anissa Essabi George and Michelle Wu as City Council members.
The Chelsea Creek substation is the subject of numerous pending appeals and legal challenges at the state level from East Boston residents and organizations.