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Yesterday Mayor Menino unveiled a five-phase plan to restore access to the cordoned off stretch of Boylston Street leading into Copley Square (the crime scene has been condensed to six blocks). Though the final decision to reopen this main commercial district lies with the FBI, the Boston Globe reports that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis hinted it may arrive as soon as Tuesday, April 23. Update, April 23, 12pm: The crime scene has been transferred from the FBI back to the city of Boston. Throughout today, residents and businesses will be able to return and assess the condition of the impacted spaces.
Menino is also bringing assistance services to the Back Bay for retail and restaurant business owners with the "City Hall to Go" truck. Read his letter.
Copley Station on the Green Line remains closed today. Stores still within the crime scene perimeter include Apple, The Tannery, and Marathon Sports among others. The Mayor's Hotline (617-635-4500) and Mayor's Health Line (617-534-5050) continue to be available should you be seeking any counseling, resources, or official information. Marathon victims and immediate families in need of services can call 617-343-1373.
· Mayor Previews Plan for Copley Square Re-Opening [City of Boston]
· Officials awaiting FBI to reopen the area [Boston Globe]
· All Marathon aftermath coverage [Racked Boston]