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Mayor Menino Unveils ‘Re-entry Plan’ For Area Near Boston Marathon Finish Line

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BOSTON (CBS) — Mayor Tom Menino and other city officials have announced a five-phase plan to reopen Boylston Street and other areas of Back Bay affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

Declaring it was “time for the city to move forward,” Menino and the other city officials described their Copley Square Re-Entry Plan to “reclaim and restore Boylston Street.”

Rene Fielding, the city’s emergency management officer, provided details of the five-phase plan, which is composed of bio-hazard and environmental testing, external examination of buildings for damage, debris removal and fire hydrant flushing, limited entry for business owners, then full public access.

The officials said preliminary work has begun on the early phases of the re-entry plan and the entire process will take a few more days. “We hope to get this community back to its people as soon as possible,” Police Commissioner Ed Davis said.

Fielding said a makeshift memorial to the bombing victims will be moved to Copley Square Park.

Sheila Dillon from the city’s Business Resource Center said local officials were working with affected business owners to get them up and running again, including urging major insurance companies to handle claims quickly and enlisting about 100 lawyers through the Boston Bar Association to work with business owners pro bono.

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