"It's time to set reasonable milestones so these projects canhave the assistance they need from their boards and fundraisers tomove forward," Brennan says. "If that support from the community isnot forthcoming, we can start to look for other world classideas."

Last year the YMCA, which planned to build a major recreationalfacility in the North End, announced that spiraling constructioncosts had forced it to withdraw its proposal. A second project,planned by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, is alsothreatened.

In a meeting this week with the Massachusetts TurnpikeAuthority, which is in charge of the Greenway, the conservancyrecommended the horticultural society be removed from the list ofsite developers because it does not have the funding to build theplanned 'Garden Under Glass' complex on the site.

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