Five-Step Plan Announced for Reopening of Area around Copley Square
BOSTON (WGGB) — Boston officials have announced a five step re-entry plan for the six-block area around the scene of the marathon bombings.
At a Sunday afternoon press conference, Boston’s Director of Emergency Management Rene Fielding says that the city has been working with several city agencies and the Boston Athletic Association to come up with a plan for “re-entry” to the area.
Fielding added that that re-entry process could only commence once the scene has been released back to the city from the FBI, who, since Monday, has been conducting an around-the-clock investigation into the bombings.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis that while he didn’t have a firm day on which the scene will be turned back over, he says it was “coming soon” and could possibly be within the “next couple days.”
Fielding adds that their goal is to get people back in “as quickly and safely as possible.”
Their plan has five steps:
- Biohazard and environmental testing of the area, which Fielding says some of that work has begun in its preliminary stages
- Structural Assessment – investigating the exteriors of buildings near the blast sites to determine if there is structural damage to the buildings and utilities
- Debris removal and hydrant flushing
- Limited re-entry for businesses
- Full public access and the deployment of a mobile ‘City Hall’
For those who may have had personal belongings left behind in the area following the explosions, Fielding notes that Boston Police is currently working to get those items, that have not been claimed by the FBI as evidence, back to their rightful owners.
Ever since Monday, people have flocked to barricades along Boylston Street and created a memorials in the area. The city says that they “recognize [people's] need to express their support” during this time, but also needs to work to get the area re-open, so the temporary memorials are being moved to Copley Square Park.
At the park, there will be message boards in place for people to write and share their thoughts.