Thursday, April 17, 2014

Historic Preservation Month Comes to Fort Point In May

May is National Historic Preservation month. Boston is celebrating the month with a look at the city's buildings and grounds. The Boston Landmarks Commission will be giving tours, talks and promoting other activities throughout the City including a walking tour of the Fort Point Channel Historical District and Fort Point Spring Open Studios.

Tuesday May 6, 2014 
5:00 to 6:30 PM | WALKING TOUR
A Lofty Renaissance

Reinvestment in Boston’s only intact warehouse district has in recent years transformed the area into a vibrant and pedestrian friendly mixed-use neighborhood. How did an area dedicated to industry become such a desirable neighborhood in which to live and work? This walking tour will look more closely at how new construction, adaptive reuse, and revitalization of open spaces have allowed Fort Point Channel to live on beyond its industrial past – and how the neighborhood’s status as a historic district has supported this change. This tour will be led by City of Boston Preservation Planner Erin Doherty. Following the tour, continue the conversation over a pint at an informal gathering in one of the district’s new establishments, Row 34.

Meeting place confirmed at time of reservation.
Free and open to the public, pre-registration is requested.
Presented by: City of Boston Preservation Planner Erin Doherty
Fort Point Channel Landmark District
Contact Erin Doherty at erin.doherty(at) before May 2 to reserve a place.

Friday, May 9 -  Sunday, May 11, 2014
14th Annual Fort Point Spring Open Studios
Fort Point Arts Community

Visit artists’ studios in Fort Point’s historic warehouse buildings during Fort Point's Spring Open Studios Weekend. 
Free and open to the public.

Friday from 4pm - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon - 5pm

Presented by: Fort Point Arts Community

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Traffic and Parking Advisory Seaport World Trade

The Seaport World Trade Center is hosting the U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Based on previous ceremonies, this event is expected to bring roughly 7,000 visitors to the area. The ceremony is scheduled to take place from 11AM-4PM, although visitors are expected to arrive as early as 9AM. Local parking facilities surrounding the Seaport WTC may reach capacity.

It is advised that commuters who usually drive to the area consider using transit on Thursday, April 17 or shifting their arrival time if possible.

Monday, April 14, 2014

39 A Street Community Meeting

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) will host a public meeting regarding 39 A Street Boston, MA 02127. Please join the West Broadway Neighborhood Association on:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
6:30 PM
Mass Bay Credit Union
147 West 4th, 2nd Fl
Boston, MA 02127

39 A Street Boston
East Way Development LLC (the Proponent), seeks to redevelop the approximately 7,364 square foot parcel in the South Boston neighborhood.The 39 A Street Project will exist of the demolition of the existing single story structure and the construction of a new, five story residential building containing 24 residential condominium units and 30 off street parking spaces.

Close of Comment Period: Friday, May 2, 2014

Send comments to Raul Duverge of the BRA at
Project Notification Document

Fort Point Neighborhood Association Celebrates 10th Annual Boston Shines

Mayor Marty Walsh’s Boston Shines event is a neighborhBoston Shines logoood clean-up to celebrate spring and Boston’s neighborhoods.  
Please join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) in this neighborhood event to make Fort Point Shine!
Local businesses meet on:
Friday, May 9th, 2014 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets)
Lunch is included for company employees planting tree circles and panel vines. To sponsor and to volunteer, please visit FPNA
Residents meet on:
Saturday, May 17th 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Binford Green (Binford & A Streets)
After Party will take place in Wormwood Park starting at 5 pm.
Food and refreshments are generously donated by Fort Point restaurants and local businesses. The City of Boston will provide rakes, trowels, gardening gloves and a free t-shirt!
If you have any questions, please contact Cam Sawzin at cam.zin(at) or Charles Joseph at charlesjos(at) 

Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs & Innovators Community Meeting

The Boston City Council Special Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation wants to hear from small businesses owners on their experiences with the City of Boston permitting and licensing process. 

Please join City Councilor At-Large Michelle Wu for a community listening session for small businesses on: 

Tuesday, April 22nd
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Mass Bay Credit Union
147 W. 4th St. Boston, MA 02210

Start Making: Fort Point

Join General Assembly, Friends of Fort Point, and WeWork at this bi-monthly event celebrating the movers, shakers and makers of Fort Point. Hear from local entrepreneurs as they share their experiences turning their passion projects into businesses.

On tap for April is Jean Claude Tetreault, Co-Owner and Founder of Trillium Brewing Co.  

He'll share how in one year, his family owned and operated brewery in Fort Point developed a cult following of devoted fans who visit their Congress St. brewery to fill growlers of craft beer made with native ingredients and artisan practices.  Of course, Trillium beer will be sampled. 

Wednesday, April 16th 6:30-8:00 p.m
General Assembly, 51 Melcher St. Boston., MA 02210
RSVP for this free event

General Assembly will also be hosting a Spring Open House on Monday, April 21, 2014 from 6-8:30 pm. More details.

Friday, April 11, 2014

PAX East 2014 Arrives at BCEC Today

The gaming convention and expo, PAX East, will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center through April 13, 2014.
PAX East

Due to the large number of attendees, there will be a need for off-site parking during this event.  Currently, the MCCA Transportation Department plans to use the following lots and garages in order for overflow parking.  At this time we anticipate that at least the first two locations will be needed.

Massport North Jetty off FID Kennedy Avenue
EDIC Garage at the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) off Drydock Avenue
Channel Street Garage off Richards Street
Necco Street Garage off Necco Street (Sat-Sun only)

Due to the size and nature of the PAX event, the MCCA Transportation Department is working diligently with area stakeholders to free up as much parking space as possible in the area to meet the needs of the attendees. In addition, for this event, new wayfinding maps will be given to attendees sent offsite that will carefully show the locations of the offsite location they are being directed to as well as portable variable message sign placements

For more details on the PAX East 2014 transportation plan visit PAX 2014 TMP

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Art & Music Tonight in Fort Point

The Midway Channel Gallery presents the "Changing Faces of Fort Point," an exhibition running through April 30, 2014"Changing Faces of Fort Point" shows reaction to the decades long redevelopment of a former warehouse district by the artists who live there. The exhibition serves to join the historical context and the contemporary viewpoint with a bridge through art. The exhibit illustrates not only the visual changes to the urban landscape, but also the transformation and reincorporation of early industrial materials in new ways.
Changing Faces of Fort Point image by Karen McFeaters
painting by Karen McFeaters

Opening Reception
Thursday, April 10, 2014
 5:00 - 8:00 pm
 with special guests
  Music of Fort Point Theatre Channel
7:30 pm


"Music of Fort Point Theatre Channel" 
produced by Mary Driscoll & Nick Thorkelson 
Featuring: Shalaye Camillo, Theresa Chiasson, Kelly Chick, Alissa Cordeiro, Lindsay Eagle, Chris Everett, Paola Ferrer, Maria Hendricks, Robin JaVonne Smith, Nick Thorkelson and Peter Tork, and the music of Brendan Burns, Alyssa Jones, Anton Karas, Nick Thorkelson, and Mark Warhol.

Exhibition visual artists: Mario Avila, Martin Berinstein, Laura Davidson, Dawna Davis, William Frese, Jacob Higginbottom, Eric Levin, Karen McFeaters and Jose Santos. Curator: Liliana Folta.  More details.

The gallery is located within Midway Artist Studios at 15 Channel Center Street Boston, MA 02210.

Big Dig Nostalgia ShowGallery 14 presents "Big Dig Nostalgia" running through April 29, 2014. 
It has been ten years since the Big Dig departed from our neighborhood, and some of us look back with nostalgia to the time when Fort Point was still "owned" by the artists and were stimulated every day by the muscular art of civil engineering as it took place around us. Our building at 249 A Street was literally "touched" by the Big Dig. Some of us are still processing the images and the experience. 

Rebecca Leviss Dwyer, Don Eyles (curator), Anton Grassl, Dan Osterman, Lenore Tenenblatt, Nan Tull, George Vasquez, and Valda Zalkalns. 

Opening Night:  Thursday, April 10, 2014 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Gallery 14 is located at 249 A Street Boston, MA 02210

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

South Boston Waterfront Transportation Public Meeting

The city of Boston, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Massport and MassDOT request the community's participation in developing a sustainable transportation plan that defines and prioritizes transportation system investments needed over the next two decades in the South Boston Waterfront

South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan
Community Meeting
May 7, 2014
6 PM
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 160

As we know a great deal of development has occurred and is in the works since the last comprehensive study in 2000. The South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan is charged with developing a plan for the future with the following goals:

South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan

Improve access and mobility for all
Support economic growth and vitality
Reinforce sustainable policies and programs
Enhance the public realm
Contribute environmental and health benefits
Invest smartly for the future
The project is being managed by A Better City on behalf of the sponsoring agencies, and is scheduled to be complete with plan recommendations by December 2014. Project details will be coming soon with the launch of the South Boston Waterfront Mobility website.

Gather Hosts Welcome Wednesdays #3 at District Hall

Gather hosts their third Welcome Wednesdays with special guests, Caught in Southie on Wednesday, April 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at District Hall. District Hall is located at 75 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02210.  

The free event will feature a pop-up shopping event highlighting some of South Boston's most popular retailers! Shops include Pretty Reckless, KuDeTa, Covet, Closet Connection and HabitSalon De Cheveux will be hosting a Beauty Bar featuring buns, braids & spring make-up. A raffle will be held to benefit the families of Lt Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy. The first 200 guests will receive a Caught in Southie tote bag filled with special gifts. 

Food will be served courtesy of GatherBeer and wine will be available from Brew, with samples from The Traveler Beer CompanyGrand Ten Distilling will be creating craft cocktails to sample.

Register via Eventbrite.

338 Congress at Fort Point Channel Landmarks District Commission

338 Congress is on the Fort Point Channel Landmarks District Commission agenda for this Thursday April 10, 2014 at 7:15pm in Room 709 of Boston City Hall.  This will be a public hearing for support of Redgate Real Estate Advisors' (the developer) request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the project.  There will be a formal request by the Commission for people to speak in favor of or against the project design of the residential condo building and its appropriateness to the neighborhood. 

The project came before the community in December 2013 and received approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in January 2014.  338 Project Notification documentation is available at the BRA website.

338 Congress Residential Condo Rendering
Redgate Real Estate Advisors is asking for support from Fort Point neighbors for their more modern design in historic Fort Point. For those who cannot make the meeting, you may email Erin Doherty beforehand at Erin.Doherty(at) with a copy to Lisa Serafin of Redgarte Real Estate Advisors at Lisa.Serafin(at) If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Serafin.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission April Public Meeting

The public is welcome to attend the Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission meeting on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm at 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.


5:30 PM 
Application 13.1117 FPC 345 Congress Street (continued review) 
Applicant: Pastoral Restaurant (tenant): Install entry marquee and signage
5:45 PM 
Application 13.680 327-337 Summer Street (continued review) 
Applicant: Synergy Investments, LLC (owner): Revisions to previously approved rehabilitation 

6:00 PM 
Application 14.942 FPC 51 Melcher Street 
Applicant: Synergy Investments (owner): Repair pedestrian bridge connecting 51 Melcher St and 281 Summer St 

6:15 PM 
Application 14.493 FPC 369 Congress Street 
Applicant: Channel Trust (owner): Install metal and simulated stone cladding system 

6:45 PM 
Application 14.946 FPC 368 Congress Street [Marriott Residence Inn] 
Applicant: Norwich Partners (owner): Install lighting and signage 

7:15 PM 
Application 14.945 FPC 338 Congress Street 
Applicant: Redgate Capital Partners (developer): Construct 6-story mixed use building on vacant lot 



1-2 Seaport Boulevard 
Charles Reid, MS Boston Block H, LLC (owner): Proposed construction of two buildings on vacant parcel at northern terminus of 
Farnsworth and Sleeper Streets. 

IV. 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 14.714 FPC 383 Congress: Install patio 
Application 14.825 FPC 51 Melcher: Install signage 
Application 14.878 FPC 374 Congress: Replace entry bay; install transom sign 


David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Yanni Tsipis, Michele Yeeles 
Alternate: B.K. Boley