About 75 residents gathered along American Legion Highway near the Walgreens to oppose a Texas developer's plans to carve away a big chunk of the hillside and ledge there for a complex with 270 apartments in nine low-slung buildings with 415 parking spaces.
The Lincoln Property Co. of Dallas filed its plans last June; the BPDA has yet to act on them.
What Lincoln wants to replace the woods and ledge with:
Residents say the 14-acre Crane Ledge site, currently owned by the Jubilee Christian Church, International, of Mattapan, is the largest remaining unspoiled piece of privately owned forested land in Boston and that Lincoln's plans to replace most of the trees with buildings, asphalt and "landscaping" is not just an affront to the environment, but would lead to increased flooding in the streets below the hillside.
The hill rises some 120 feet above the road and includes a long ledge near the top. After the sale, the church would still own a large piece of the hillside. Eversource owns a roughly 18-acre parcel at the top, the site of a former quarry and a driving range that the city never allowed to open.
Residents also argue all the new coverage of what is now a forest would exacerbate heat issues in the surrounding, heavily minority neighborhoods as climate change worsens.
Residents have suggested the city buy the land to preserve it; the church, however, has said it is selling to Lincoln no matter what.
More protesters stand in front of a formerly paved road up into the site, on which the church once planned to build its own subdivision: