City councilor to recommend approval of Landsmark to BRA board

The City Council is due to vote on the nomination of Theodore Landsmark (left, at a 2012 event) next week. Globe photo by Bill Brett
Globe photo by Bill Brett
The City Council is due to vote on the nomination of Theodore Landsmark (left, at a 2012 event) next week.

Following a hearing before a Boston City Council committee Wednesday, Councilor Salvatore LaMattina said he will recommend that his colleagues affirm Theodore Landsmark’s appointment to the Boston Redevelopment Authority board.

Landsmark was nominated by Mayor Martin J. Walsh in July. But the nomination was put on hold when it came to light that Landsmark, 68, had just been dismissed as the longtime president of Boston Architectural College and had failed to tell the mayor.

Landsmark, the college’s president for 17 years, agreed in August to a separation package that included a title of president emeritus. The mayor then reaffirmed his nomination to the BRA board.


At Wednesday’s meeting of the Committee on Economic Development and Planning and Labor, Landsmark said the issues surrounding his departure from the college should have been communicated better, and that he was eager to move on.

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“I was satisfied with his response,’’ said LaMattina, the committee’s chairman. “I was really impressed with him. I had this good vibe about him today. I think that he really wants to work closely with the city councilors because we know our neighborhoods and I think he wants to work with the communities.” LaMattina said he planned to recommend to the full council that it confirm Landsmark’s nomination at the body’s meeting next Wednesday.

Landsmark said in remarks to the committee that he wanted to help rebuild the credibility of the BRA, according to the meeting minutes and accounts by people who attended the hearing. He also said he wants to work on the accountability of developers providing so-called linkage funding for affordable housing and other programs.

BRA spokesman Nick Martin said the mayor “has nominated a very knowledgeable and passionate advocate in Dr. Landsmark, and we were pleased by the positive reception he received at today’s hearing.”

LaMattina said he and the council hope to work with Landsmark on better connecting Boston’s harbor neighborhoods and directing more developer funding to parks.


“I think he’s someone who’s going to reach out to the council and to the community and make sure that all the development that’s happening works for people in the city,’’ LaMattina said.

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