The City Council referred to the Legislative Af-fairs Subcommittee a motion to develop bi-osafety level regulations for the City of Revere.
The motion spotlights the fact that The HYM Investment Group plans to construct a a life science building with research laboratories at the 161-acre Suffolk Downs property.
Council President Gerry Visconti and Ward 1 Councillor Joanne McKenna co-sponsored the motion.
â€œI think before we let this [project] get ahead of us, it would make sense that we collaborate with the Board of Health, Dr. [Nathalee] Kong, as well as City Solicitor Paul Capizzi, and the Planning Board to work out an ordinance for biosafety levels,â€ said Visconti.
Ward 2 Councillor Ira Novoselsky asked that City Planner Frank Stringi be included in the collaborative effort.
McKenna, who did her homework thoroughly as usual, delivered a comprehensive report on the four levels (ranked Nos. 1-4) of biosafety in laboratories.
Revere resident Wayne Rose asked the City Council a direct question, â€œWhat kind of labor-atory is going there [on the Suffolk Downs site)?â€
Rose then added, â€œNo one has a clue of whatâ€™s going there actually. Will animals be tested in this building?
Responded Visconti, â€œMr. Rose, thatâ€™s a good question. I canâ€™t answer that because I donâ€™t have the specifics, which we are looking for as well. Once we do have that, Iâ€™m sure Mr. Oâ€™Brien [managing director of HYM] will come before us and discuss that as well.â€
â€œWeâ€™re trying to start the process and have a voice,â€ said McKenna, adding that the City of Revere cannot be blindsided at it was when DCR installed parking meters on Revere Beach Boulevard. â€œWe were clueless [about the me-ters] and thatâ€™s the truth,â€ offered McKenna.
Revere resident Gina Castiello said, â€œWe the residents would like to know what is going there. Could you elaborate? She [McKenna] read a whole bunch of pathogens and diseases that most people wouldnâ€™t understand. Could you give us any kind of an explanation?â€
Visconti reiterated his point that the issue in â€œthe beginning stagesâ€ and it is beneficial to be proactive on the safety regulations.