Monday, January 26, 2015

9 Channel Center Community Meeting Cancelled

UPDATE: The 9 Channel Center Community Meeting for Jan 28th is cancelled due to the storm. When we have a new date, an update will be posted.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will be a hosting a public community meeting regarding a notice of project change from residential/ground floor retail to office and ground floor retail use at 9 Channel Center Street on: 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
6 pm - 8 pm
Artists For Humanity
Lewis Gallery, 1st Floor
100 W. Second Street

The public is welcome to attend.

originally posted 1.14.15

Governor Declares State of Emergency

Governor Baker has declared a state of emergency for the upcoming blizzard.  As a result, a travel ban will go in effect in Massachusetts beginning at midnight Monday, January 26, 2015 until further notice.  

According to the Massachusetts State Police, there will be a $500 fine for violating this ban.

The MBTA has also canceled its services for Tuesday until further notice.

The City of Boston parking ban is in effect starting today at 6pm. Discounted parking starts at 4pm. The closest garage for Fort Point resident parking sticker holders is the BCEC parking lot (free). Enter via Cypher St. Cars must exit two hours after parking ban is lifted. The Gillette lot on A Street between Binford & Necco Streets will “raise the gate” at 5 pm tonight (no charge).  You must be out prior to 7 am on Wednesday, January 28th or there will be a fee.

All City of Boston community meetings are cancelled for Monday, January 26th and Tuesday, January 27th. 
The FPNA Neighborhood January 27th meeting is rescheduled to Tuesday, February 10th. Other updates and rescheduled meetings will be posted.

FPNA January Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Cancelled

UPDATE: FPNA Jan 27th Neighborhood Meeting is cancelled due to the upcoming blizzard. The meeting will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb 10th from 6-8pm at Factory 63. Details to follow.  

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association kicks off their 2015 Monthly Neighborhood Meeting Program with energy conservation and civic engagement on:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6pm sharp
Factory 63
63 Melcher St (Melcher & A Streets)

6pm  Guest Speakers

Jerome Smith
Chief of Civic Engagement
City of Boston

with a presentation by 
Rita Briody, Conservation Services Group
Mass Save NStar/National Grid Multifamily 
Energy Conservation Program

7:00 pm General Meeting 
Neighborhood Updates & Discussion

and special offer by Bee's Knees for FPNA members

originally published  1/20/15

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Olympic Community Meeting To Be Held In South Boston

Update: Fort Point identified as broadcast and press center for Boston 2024 with hospitality barges on the Fort Point Channel according to Boston 2024 Olympic venue plan.

With the US Olympic Committee's selection of Boston, Mayor Walsh announces the first nine community meetings beginning January 27, 2015 through September 29th to discuss proposed venue plans and the benefits and impacts for Boston. 

“Today marks the start of a long process to meet with residents and solicit feedback from our many diverse neighborhoods as we move forward in our quest to host the 2024 Summer Olympics,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. “I am excited to share our vision with the people of Boston and hear their thoughts on how we can work together to not only bring the Games to Boston, but create one of the most innovative, sustainable and successful Olympics the world has seen.”. 

The City will hold an Olympic Discussion Community Meeting in South Boston on:

Tuesday, February 24, 2014
Condon School Cafeteria
200 D St., South Boston
6:30 pm

Meetings and additional steps in the community process will be announced on an ongoing basis. In addition, Boston 2024, the privately-funded nonprofit organizing committee, held the first meeting of its Citizens Advisory Group on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Boston 2024 created the Citizens Advisory Group through their website to provide information and solicit feedback from the public.Visit Boston 2024 for Citizen's Advisory Group meeting schedule and full City of Boston community meeting schedule.

The USOC decision to select Boston as the United States' bid city is the next step in the International Olympic Committee selection process. There will be a review process before the USOC officially submits Boston as the United States' bid city to the IOC. The IOC will select the 2024 Summer Games host city in 2017.
originally published 1.9.15

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan Released

The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan is now available in final form and as an executive summary. The plan is the result of a year long effort by The City of Boston, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and Massport.

The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan is a blueprint for improving the growth of the Waterfront, proposing real solutions to meet the growing and changing transportation needs of the district, and for improving the public realm of the area, all while preserving the quality of life for the surrounding neighborhoods. The plan included input of area stakeholders through five community meetings and more than 50 outreach meetings. The next stage will continue collaborative efforts to refine and implement plan recommendations.
Over the next several months, each of the participating agencies will be working to implement immediate actions and take steps toward realizing the longer-term recommendations.

State of Preservation

The City of Boston will present 2014 accomplishments of the Boston Landmarks Commission, Local Historic District Commissions and the Archaeology Program as well as plans and priorities for 2015 on: 

Tuesday, February 10th
5:45 pm
Faneuil Hall

To review 2013 accomplishments and 2014 work plan. click here

Monday, January 12, 2015

New England International Auto Show At BCEC

The New England International Auto Show  is coming to the the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) starting January 15th - January 19, 2015. The show will also include Boston RV & Camping Expo during the final three days.

New England International Auto Show

Due to the large number of attendees, there will be a need for off-site parking during this event. Overflow parking will be available at Massport’s North Jetty, the EDIC Garage in the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) and the Channel Center Garage for the weekend days of these two events. The Overflow Parking plan is as follows:

  • North Jetty will be the primary location on Saturday and Sunday
  • If North Jetty fills on Saturday or Sunday, attendees will be directed to the EDIC Garage
  • If the EDIC Garage fills, then Channel Center Garage will be used as the last option on Saturday and Sunday
  • Channel Center Garage is the only overflow parking option for Monday

Attendees will be given maps and directions to the respective overflow parking locations.

The MLK Breakfast is scheduled to take place during the morning of Monday, January 19, the last day of the New England International Auto Show and the Boston RV & Camping Expo. As in past years, extra staff will be on hand to make sure that this small event does not significantly impact the two larger events.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Fort Point Channel Operations Board 2015 Grant Program Announced

The Fort Point Channel Operations Board is pleased to announce a grant program for 2015. The Grant Program provides financial resources for capital improvements and public programming within and along the Fort Point Channel as envisioned in the City of Boston’s Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan.

The Fort Point Channel Operations Board expects to award up to $50,000 in total funding for the 2015 Grant Program.  Applicants can request up to $50,000 in funding. 

Applications are due 5:00 p.m. February 20, 2015. Click here for the application form and guidelines.

Outreach assistance for the grant program is provided by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston.

South Station Expansion DEIR Certificate Issued

After community review and comment of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the South Station Expansion project, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett issued a Certificate on the project on December 3, 2014.  The Certificate is now available online

The Certificate defines for MassDOT the analysis necessary to complete a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on the project. The FEIR will include any changes to the project since the DEIR filing, select a preferred South Station design alternative, and incorporate the additional environmental analysis as outlined in the Certificate.  The FEIR will also include responses to comments that are within the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) jurisdiction.

Progress updates will be made available on the MassDot website and you can also sign up for email updates.

Thursday, January 08, 2015

South Boston Waterfront Transportation Plan Comments Deadline Extended

Update: The comment deadline is extended to January 15, 2015!

The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan team is looking for community comment on their preliminary recommendations as the planning process comes to an end. The comment deadline is extended from December 31, 2014 to January 15, 2015. 

Over a hundred people attended the two meetings on December 8th and 18th to hear the preliminary recommendations of the Study. At both meetings, there was a very detailed presentation of the draft recommendations, with questions and discussion by the participants. Read or review the December 18th recommendation meeting presentation.

To share your thoughts on the plan and keeping the Northern Ave bridge open*, use the comment form on the bottom of the South Boston Waterfront Mobility homepage, mail them to Rachel Hammerman, Regina Villa Associates, 51 Franklin Street, Suite 400, Boston, MA 02110-1301, or email Rachel. The final plan will be published in January and there will be another posting to notify you when it is released.

*For more information on the Northern Avenue Bridge closing, read the Boston Globe article, Northern Avenue Bridge Belongs in Boston's Future

Originally published 12.19.14

Saturday, December 27, 2014

First Fort Point Channel Landmarks Meeting of 2015


Thursday, 8 January 2015
5:30 PM
Boston City Hall – Room 709
After 5:30 p.m., enter & 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. Sign-language interpreters are available upon request.


5:30 PM
Application 15.737 FPC District Wide (Congress, Summer, Melcher, A Streets and Children’s Wharf Park)
Applicant: Friends of Fort Point Channel (non-profit): Install banners with community branding on light poles

6:00 PM
Application 15.738 FPC 288 A Street (300 A St, A and Necco CT)
Applicant: DIVCOWEST (property manager): Construct roof deck and head house


Friday, December 19, 2014

Fort Point Special Edition January Meeting

There will be a special edition community meeting  regarding the Gillette parking lots 8 & 9 permit continueance of use and for the change of business model from apartments to apartments/condominiums at 399 Congress Street. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Factory 63
63 Melcher Street (Melcher & A Streets)

Gillette parking lots on A Street

6 pm: P&G Gillette parking lots

James Britt, Gillette

Ken Fields, Fort Point Associates

399 Congress Street

7 pm: 399 Congress Street

Denis Dowdle, Madison Properties

Edward McGuire, BRA

All are welcome to attend.

Please save the date of Tuesday, January 27th for the first FPNA Neighborhood Meeting of the year.

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