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Gov. Patrick Seeks Federal Relief for Businesses in Blast Zone

The Boston Fire Department released this image of a deserted Boylston Street at noon on Tuesday.

Gov. Deval Patrick appealed to a federal administration today to get relief for the business impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Patrick sent a letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration requesting that the administration issue an Economic Injury Declaration for Suffolk County so that long term/low interest SBA loans may be available to the affected businesses and private non-profit organizations, according to a press statement from the governor’s office Friday.

Numerous businesses on Boylston and its cross streets were forced to stay closed from April 15 to April 24 or 25 because a 12-block area surrounding the bombing site was considered a crime scene by the FBI.

In order to receive this federal assistance, the Commonwealth must show that businesses were negatively impacted and suffered substantial economic injury, according to Patrick’s statement.

“Requesting this federal aid will help Boston and the Commonwealth recover faster from the tragic events that unfolded at the Marathon,” Patrick said in the statement. “I urge the Small Business Administration to approve our request quickly to help the small businesses that keep our Commonwealth strong rebuild.” read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 27, 2013 at 3:36 am

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City Readies Property Owners, Residents to Re-Enter Blast Zone

FBI investigators make another sweep of Boylston Street on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, as they search for evidence in the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

 

The blast zone along Boylston Street is still an active crime scene, but city officials are preparing a plan to let business owners and inspectors into the area on a “staggered schedule for limited access.”

The city emergency management team along with Mayor Thomas Menino met Sunday to devise a five-phase plan for re-entry to the Copley Square blast zone in the April 15 marathon bombings, according to a press statement April 21.

The phases include:

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

The plan will be implemented once the FBI clears the zone, according to the statement.

Items at a memorial at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley streets and other area memorials will be temporarily moved to Copley Square Park. Boston Police will return personal items left at the scene that has not been retained as evidence by the FBI, according to the statement. read more

Posted by Stephen Sandberg - April 22, 2013 at 12:03 am

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