Back Bay Businesses to Reopen, Others in the Dark

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.

While most of the Back Bay remains a crime scene following the bombing at the Boston Marathon, some businesses have been given the green light to reopen this week, according to the Boston Business Journal.

While officials have told some businesses on Boylston Street when they can reopen, others still have no idea when they can reopen their doors.

The Lenox Hotel, at the corner of Exeter Street and Boylston Street has been cleared to open at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Aquent at 711 Boylston Street have been told that they can reenter their office at some point in the next 48 hours, the BBJ reported.

When asked, Tarek Hassan president of The Tannery said that “we have no idea,” when they will be able to reopen.

“It’s not that we’re being vague,” John Guilfoil, a spokesman for Mayor Thomas Menino told the BBJ. “It’s that the FBI is in charge of the crime scene.

Business owners and inspectors will be allowed back inside the blast zone on a “staggered scheduled for limited access.”

Mayor Thomas Menino and the city’s emergency management team met on Sunday to come up with a five-phase plan.

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 city has not given a timeline as to when the plan might be called to action, but the message says workers are on standby and prepared to execute on the plan as soon as possible.

South End Patch