Friday, September 19, 2014

Boston Sewer Separation Project Update

New 16" gate valve installation at A St. &West Second St.
The Boston Water and Sewer Commission’s (BWSC) South Boston Sewer Separation Project is a federal court-ordered, six-year project is to reduce sewage discharges to Fort Point Channel and Boston Harbor. This project will improve BWSC’s infrastructure by installing new storm drains, sanitary sewers and water mains.

Completed Work as of August 2014
Replacement of 12" DI water main on A St. is complete. Installation of 15" and 12" RCP drains on West Second St. from A St. to Haul Rd. is also complete. Also installed is a new 16-inch gate valve at the intersection of West Second Street and A Street.

Ongoing and Upcoming Work
Water main installation continues on West Second St. from A St. to Dorchester Ave. Sewer replacement work is upcoming on West Second St. between Dorchester Ave. and Athens St.

For any questions, concerns, or special needs regarding this work, please contact CDM Smith’s Project Manager, Myles Johnson, in the project field office at 617-427-0490. If you would like more information about BWSC and its programs, or the South Boston Sewer Separation Project, please visit Boston Water and Sewer Commission. .

Thursday, September 18, 2014

City Hall To Go Brings Chief Chat to Fort Point

The City Hall To Go truck is bringing City of Boston's Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge to Fort Point during lunch hour (12:30-2:30) on Friday, September 19, 2014 to answer your questions, be dazzled by your technical ingenuity and listen to your concerns. The truck will be located a 350 Congress St (near A and Congress). Be sure to stop by for a chat or to say hello.

originally posted 9.2.14

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fall South Boston Waterfront Transportation Community Meeting

The second community meeting on the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan will be held on: 

Thursday, September 18, 2014
6:00 pm
District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue

The objective of the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan is to define and prioritize transportation system investments needed over the next two decades.  At this meeting, a project update will be provided and agency heads from the project's sponsoring organizations will discuss their priorities for the South Boston Waterfront area and listen to your ideas. 

A comprehensive report on Existing Waterfront Conditions and progress improvement statuses are available on South Boston Waterfront Mobility. For the May community meeting summary and update, go to South Boston Waterfront Transportation Community Meeting Update posted August 6th. 

originally posted 8.20.14

Gallery63 Spotlights Next Generation Artists

Gallery63 opens with VOICE, VISION, VIRTUOSITY, an Artists for Humanity group exhibition, curated by renowned art collector and curator Meredyth Hyatt Moses with support from entrepreneur Ross Chanowski. The grand opening will be held:
Thursday, September 18, 2014
6 pm to 8 pm
Factory 63
63 Melcher Street (Melcher & A Sts)
Galllery63 Voice, Vision, Virtuosity Show
Gallery63's VOICE, VISION, VIRTUOSITY Exhibition

Gallery63's grand opening will celebrate the intersection of the arts, education and innovation in Boston's Fort Point neighborhood with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres provided by Chef Chris Hallahan of Kitchensurfing.

The exhibit, the first in a series of exhibitions at Gallery63, gives voice to some of Boston's most talented young and emerging artists. The presentation of Artists For Humanity is sponsored by Gerding Edlen and G63. 

Need a ride to the Opening? All new users of Uber will receive a free ride to Gallery63 on September 18th by using the code "Gallery63." Existing users will receive 20% off their ride to the gallery by using the same code. 

Gallery63 is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm daily.

Boston's First Artists' Live/Work Cooperative Celebrates 30 Years

The 249 A Street Cooperative celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of works by current members of this still thriving artists’ building. The Gallery at 249 A Street presents The 30th Anniversary Show with Opening Reception on:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Gallery at 249 A Street
Gallery at 249 A 30th Anniversary Show
Gallery at 249 A: The 30th Anniversary Show

On view will be paintings, prints, sculpture, drawing, photography, mixed-media and ceramics by participating resident artists. For more details and a list of participating artists, please visit the Fort Point Arts CommunityThe show runs through October 24, 2014 and will be open during the 35th annual Fort Point Open Studios October 17th - 19th. 

The Cooperative was the first artist-owned, live/work, limited equity Co-op in Massachusetts, and continues to serve as a model for artists’ housing throughout the nation.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Mayor's Neighborhood Services Taking It To The Streets

Mayor Walsh announced NEW (Neighborhood Engagement Walks), an audit program of the streets of Boston. Starting September 15, 2014 staff from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) will begin walking the 850 miles of city streets across Boston, in an effort to assess every neighborhood from the ground up. They will evaluate infrastructure challenges, identify resident concerns and catalog issues facing the neighborhood. Keep an eye out for Eric Prentis on foot with tablet gathering data. The data will also be used to create a web based story map. NEW is expected to be concluded by the end of the year. A neighborhood report will be presented at a future Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) neighborhood meeting. 

Don't forget to do your part by reporting issues through Citizen's Connect and joining in the discussions at:

Fort Point Crossroads Initiative Community Update Meeting: September 8th from 6pm - 8pm at Factory 63 (63 Melcher Street).  The Fort Point Crossroads Initiative focuses on making a greater connection between Fort Point and Downtown via improvements to Summer Street and Congress Street. 

FPNA monthly neighborhood meetings: Next meeting is Tuesday, September 30th from 6pm-8pm at Factory 63 with Massport Aviation and Councilor-At-Large Ayanna Pressley. Each meeting opens with a general meeting where neighbors are invited to discuss concerns and ideas for the neighborhood. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Compilation: SD 30 Opening at Midway Channel Gallery

The Midway Channel Gallery presents "Compilation: A Stoltze Design 30th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibition" on view now through September 30, 2014.

You are invited to attend the exhibition reception on Friday, September 12th from 5 pm - 8 pm with live music by X17 and friends in Art Under The Stairs located on the lower level of Midway Channel Gallery.

Founded by Clif Stoltze in 1984, Stoltze Design is a Fort Point-based graphic design studio that has earned a national reputation for innovative, unconventional design created through a collaborative approach that embraces rigorous conceptual thinking and a rich, comprehensive exploration of design possibilities at every stage of the creative process. This exhibit celebrates 30 years of graphic work including posters, logos, publications, and LP covers

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fort Point Channel Landmarks September Meeting


Thursday, 11 September 2014
5:30 P.M.
Boston City Hall – Room 709
After 5:30 p.m., enter and exit City Hall at the Dock Square entrance on Congress Street
 (across from Faneuil Hall).

Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda below, review of architectural violations and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance with Ch. 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended. Applications are available for review during normal business hours at the office of the Environment Department. Applicants or their representatives are required to attend, unless indicated otherwise below. Sign-language interpreters are available upon request.


5:30 PM
Application 15.349 FPC 320 Summer Street
Applicant: Wagamama (tenant): Construct glass and metal canopy and new patio with planters and outdoor furniture; install signage; replace 3 windows and entry door; install louvers in alley windows

5:50 PM
Application 15.350 FPC 27 Wormwood Street
Applicant: DIV Tower Point Property LLC (property manager): Install lighting on building facades and smokestack

6:10 PM
Application 15.354 FPC 11 Seaport Boulevard
Applicant: MS Seaport Block J, LLC (owner): Construct 11 story building on vacant parcel, within the Seaport Boulevard/Boston Wharf Road Protection Area

6:40 PM
Application 15.347 FPC 300 Summer Street
Applicant: Bledar Hoxhallari (tenant): Install vinyl window decals

II. 6:50 PM ANNUAL MEETING: Election of Officers

III. Administrative Review / Approval: In order to expedite the review process, the commission has delegated the approval of certain work items, such as those involving ordinary maintenance and repair, restoration or replacement, or which otherwise have a minimal impact on a building’s appearance, to the staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing. Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all relevant guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing:

Application 15.348 FPC 319 A Street: Perform exploratory masonry work and masonry cleaning tests in anticipation of masonry restoration project

Application 15.178 FPC 25 Channel Center: Install vinyl window decals

Application 14.1342 FPC 313 Congress Street: Replace windows; construct patio; install 
signage, awnings, and lighting


Fort Point Community Picnic

Gather to see old friends, make new ones, and share what you did over the summer at:

Fort Point Community Potluck Picnic
Co-hosted by FPAC and FPNA

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets)

Tasty treats from Barlow's, Freshii, 
Fromage Wine & Cheese Bar, 
Lucky's & Sagarino's
and more great dishes, desserts or beverages 
provided by 

Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) and Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA)

(rain date: September 11)

updated 9.10.14, originally published 8.26.14

MA State Primary Tuesday, September 9th

Vote Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for Democratic or Republication candidates to represent their party in the November 4th election. The positions on the primary ballot are: US Senator, eighth district US Congress Representative (Stephen Lynch running unopposed), Governor, Lt. Governor, 4th Suffolk District State Representative (Nick Collins running unopposed), State Senator (Linda Dorcena Forry is running unopposed), Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and more. Click here for a full list of State Primary Candidates and positions.

Fort Point residents may vote from 7 am - 8 pm at the Condon School cafeteria located at 200 D. Street. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Crossroads Initiative Community Meeting

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will be holding a community meeting to discuss the progress of the Crossroads Initiative on Summer and Congress Streets on: 

Monday, September 8, 2014
6pm -8pm
Factory 63
63 Melcher St (Melcher & A Sts) 

The Crossroads Initiative in the Fort Point Channel will accent the connection between South Station and the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Fort Point Channel via Summer St. It will add new street lighting, street trees and other landscaping, improved pedestrian accessibility and a 2-way cycle track to Summer Street.  On Congress St, the project will focus on accessibility and consistency of materials including pavement, crosswalks, and lighting as well as providing better vehicular access and signalization to facilitate this important connection between South Boston, the interstate highway system, truck routes, and Downtown.

The last Crossroads community update occurred at the FPNA monthly neighborhood meeting on April 29, 2014. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Greeley, Senior Infrastructure and Public Realm Planner, BRA at jonathan.greeley(at)

originally posted 8/19/14

Friday, August 29, 2014

Apple Tree Birthday Party

Apple trees turn two and you are invited to their birthday party: 

Sunday, September 7, 2014
2 pm
P&G Gillette Park
(end of Binford St before the Channel)

Neighbors and families are welcome to join in a small celebration. Come eat apples, apple crisp and apple related snacks and beverages. 

The two apple trees were donated by The Boston Tree Party and planted by Fort Point residents and the FPNA (Fort Point Neighborhood Association). More details.

We’ll take some pictures to record how the trees-and the kids have grown!