City names remaining members to Community Preservation Committee

Rodrigo Santos kicked a ball around at the annual Boston Parks and Recreation Department Children's Winter Festival on Boston Common on Feb. 21.
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Rodrigo Santos kicked a ball around at the annual Boston Parks and Recreation Department Children's Winter Festival on Boston Common on Feb. 21.

The city has filled the remaining five slots on the board responsible for tens of millions in new funds for affordable housing, parks, open space, and historic preservation.

The Community Preservation Committee recommends projects to Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City Council under the Community Preservation Act, which city voters approved in 2016. The act installed a 1 percent surcharge on residential and business property taxes, beginning last July.

About $20 million will be available in 2018, according to the city’s website.


The group met for the first time on Tuesday, including four people already appointed by the City Council.

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By law, the committee has nine members. Five of the seats must be filled by a representative of city boards focused on conservation, landmarks, and parks and recreation. The fifth seat is set aside for a representative of the Boston Housing Authority.

Felicia Jacques will represent the Boston Landmarks Commission. Carol Downs will represent the Boston Planning and Development Agency. William Epperson will represent the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission and John Sullivan will represent the Conservation Commission.

Each were selected by boards they serve on, said Danny Green, the city’s deputy chief of policy.

Epperson and Sullivan are also city workers, Green said. Epperson is a senior project manager at the Department of Neighborhood Development and Sullivan is employed by the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, he said.


Kathryn Bennett will represent the Boston Housing Authority, city records show. She is the agency’s deputy administrator for planning and sustainability, Green said.

The City Council was informed of their appointments on Wednesday.

Last year, the council named four at-large members to the panel: Matthew J. Kiefer, of Jamaica Plain; Kannan Thiruvengadam of East Boston; Madeligne Tena of Dorchester; and Ying Wang of Roslindale.

All members are volunteers, according to the city’s website.

The committee’s first public hearing is scheduled for March 26, when the panel will present its draft proposal of rules for the first round of funding that the city plans to award, Green said.


The city is also hosting neighborhood forums about how the law is being implemented. The next one is scheduled for Thursday evening at East Boston High School, the city’s website said.

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