Friday, October 19, 2018

Early Voting Is Back

Early voting is back starting Monday, October 22nd through November 2, 2018. Boston City Hall is the main early voting polling location. City Hall will be open for voting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., during the two-week period. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, City Hall will stay open until 8 p.m. for early voting. 

On Saturday, October 27th & Sunday, October 28th the Condon School at 200 D. St. will be open from 10 am to 6 pm. 

There will also be early voting "pop-up" polling locations throughout the City on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Those locations will be open from 12 pm to 8 pm. 

Any registered voter may vote early at any location. Click on the voting map to find a convenient place.

On November 6th, the polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. Fort Point and Seaport residents vote at the Condon School. 

Don't be surprised, click the sample ballot of candidates and ballot questions

Originally published 10.17.18

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FPNA October 30 Gathering Features Climate Ready Fort Point & Seaport

Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association
A Fort Point Seaport Neighborhood Gathering 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6 pm - 8 pm
Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress St (business entrance)
5th floor conference room


City of Boston's
Coastal Resilience (Climate Ready) Report
 Fort Point & Seaport 

Richard McGuinness & Chris Busch
Boston Planning & Development Agency

Alisha Pegan
Office of Environment, Energy & Open Space

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Edison Power Plant Public Meeting With City & State Public Comment Opportunities

Last updated 10.16.18: A site walk will take place Saturday, October 20 from 9 am to 11 am. The next Edison Power Plant (776 Summer St) public meeting is October 24th 6pm to 8pm at Tynan School.  The meeting will focus on climate resilience & environmental issues. The October 10th Land Use Presentation is now linked.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is hosting a community meeting regarding the Edison Power Plant on:

Monday, October 24, 2018
IAG Meeting 6 pm - 7 pm
Climate Resiliency & Environmental Issues 7 pm - 8:30 pm
Tynan School
640 E 4th Street

Monday, October 10, 2018
Land Use Presentation

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Project Transportation Meeting Presentation
Proposed proponent funded bus service from site to Downtown via Seaport (page 27)

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (new date)
Meeting Presentation 

The proposed redevelopment is approximately a 15.2-acre site located at 776 Summer Street in the South Boston neighborhood. The proposal entails approximately 1.93 million square feet of occupiable space, including: approximately 1,344 residential units, approximately 368,070 square feet of office uses, approximately 85,630 square feet of retail uses, 344 hotel rooms, and up 1,397 parking spaces. The proposal will also preserve several historic buildings on the site and provide 5.5 acres of new outdoor public spaces, including approximately 2.5 acres of open space on the waterfront. More information

BPDA Comment Deadline: October 30, 2018
Project Manager: Tim Czerwienski
Contact Tim with any questions or comments via email or at 617-918-5303

MEPA Comment Deadline for Environmental Impact Report Draft: October 30, 2018
To receive a copy of the EIR Draft Report, contact Seth Lattrell at 617-607-2973.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Weekend Of Hidden Treasures Awaits

Have you ever wondered about the value of that family heirloom or yard sale find? Join the Labouré Center today until 3 pm for Hidden Treasures: Skinner Appraisal Event. General admission is $20 and includes the verbal appraisal and evaluation of one item. All proceeds directly support Catholic Charities Labouré Center programs which focus on education & job readiness, family stabilization, and youth & senior services. The Laboure Center is located at 275 West Broadway (Broadway & D Streets). More details.

Don't have that treasured item yet? Don't worry. The Fort Point Arts Community 39th annual Fort Point Open Studios is this Saturday, October 13, 2018 and Sunday, October 14, 2018 from noon to six pm.  Hunt through the studies of over 100 artists to find your treasured piece(s) of art. Fort Point is home to painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, potters, jewelers, graphic and industrial designers, and galleries. 

Explore the FPAC Gallery (300 Summer Street), the Midway Gallery at Midway Artists Studios, 15  Channel Center Street,  249 A Street Gallery, and the Atlantic Wharf Gallery at 290 Congress  Street and  FPAC's Assemblage, a community art space at 70 A Sleeper  Street. There will be live performances, artist demonstrations and art in unexpected outdoor places. For a complete listing of participating studios, special events, performances and public art  click here

Admission is free and so is the parking! Free parking is available all weekend at Central Parking Lot across from 249 A Street, access from Binford Street. Just pull a ticket when you enter, and scan the special bar code on the back of our 2018 Fall Open Studios brochure as you leave! Brochures are available in all the buildings as well as at information tables. You can also use the code on your phone here.

Happy treasure hunting. 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

MassDOT Pilot Opens South Boston Bypass Road To All Drivers Monday

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation today announced that beginning Monday, October 15, 2018, all traffic will be able to use sections of the South Boston Bypass Road and a portion of the I-93 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV lane) in South Boston at all times for a 12-month period. This pilot program will provide another route option for drivers traveling inbound to the South Boston area from I-93 northbound and members of the public are advised that the South Boston Bypass Road can be accessed via Exit 18 on I-93. This pilot program is being launched following approval by the Massachusetts Environment Policy Act (MEPA) office which issued an Advisory Opinion at the request of MassDOT. 

The full traffic pattern changes that will be implemented 24/7 through this pilot program include allowing unrestricted eastbound travel on the South Boston Bypass Road between I-93 Frontage Road and Cypher Street/Richards Street and allowing unrestricted travel in both directions of the South Boston Bypass Road between Cypher Street/Richards Street and West Service Road. Additionally, access to the I-93 HOV lane from the following areas leading to Logan International Airport will also be unrestricted: the I-93 northbound mainline, I-93 northbound Frontage Road, and Kneeland Street/Lincoln Street.

“We are pleased to be conducting this pilot program of allowing general traffic on sections of the South Boston Bypass Road and the I-93 HOV lane so we can analyze the impacts to traffic flow and freight operations throughout the South Boston region over a broad time frame,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We encourage members of the public to consider using this new route option if they are traveling into the Fort Point and Seaport area or carpooling to Logan Airport on I-93, and we look forward to learning the results of this pilot program.” 

“I am cautiously optimistic that additional drivers will be able to use the bypass road to help alleviate the increase of traffic in the South Boston area,” said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. “This is a pilot program and we will monitor the results as we adjust to the robust growth in the Financial District and the South Boston Seaport areas. I do appreciate the efforts of Stephanie Pollack and MassDOT for their proactive approach to help better manage our busy streets.”

“I am glad that MassDOT has decided to expand this pilot program,” said State Senator Nick Collins. “It is important that we gather as much data as possible and explore all options to provide relief from the cut-through traffic that is hammering our neighborhoods in Boston. Suburban commuters will now have another option to get to the waterfront and downtown from the highway without cutting through residential communities like South Boston. I want to thank the Baker Administration for recognizing that and taking this step in the right direction.”

The pilot will expand upon the previous 6-month pilot carried out by MassDOT from August 2015 through February 2016 which implemented similar traffic pattern changes including allowing unrestricted eastbound travel on the South Boston Bypass Road during peak commuting hours. Given the economic growth of the South Boston waterfront in recent years and corresponding changes in traffic levels, the pilot program will allow further data collection so long-term decisions can be made.

Throughout the pilot program, MassDOT will analyze the impact of these traffic access changes on commuters, residents, businesses and the local environment. Upon completion of the pilot in the fall of 2019, MassDOT will return the South Boston Bypass Road and HOV access roadways to previous limited traffic conditions and evaluate the pilot program findings.

“The South Boston Waterfront is a vital commercial and residential asset for the City of Boston and we have been collaborating with MassDOT and the community to address the transportation issues that are a result of the area’s popularity,” said Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca.  “We are hopeful that the pilot program will prove to relieve congestion and improve roadway safety in the South Boston Waterfront as well as on streets in the adjacent South Boston neighborhood.”

“A Better City and our Seaport members has been a strong advocate for moving forward with this year-long Haul Road opening pilot,” said A Better City President and CEO Richard A. Dimino. “We fully support and are pleased that MassDOT is moving forward with this traffic relief test and initiative.”

“We commend MassDOT for moving forward with the South Boston Bypass Road Pilot Re-Evaluation Project,” said Seaport Transportation Management Association Executive Director Patrick Sullivan. “This project is another example of the strong collaborative effort between MassDOT, the City of Boston, Massport, and our local elected officials to pursue a variety of multi-modal transportation improvements aimed at improving mobility in the South Boston Waterfront.”

Current restrictions to traffic are in place per the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) issued in 1986 for the Third Harbor Tunnel/Central Artery Tunnel Project which required that the road be a commercial vehicle route upon project completion.

Potential permanent changes to traffic access throughout this area will require coordination and approval from numerous state and federal agencies including Massport, MEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act process, and the Federal Highway Administration. Any permanent change would require the filing of a Notice of Project Change over the original Final Environmental Impact Report.

Contact Donny Dailey at MassDOT with any questions.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fort Point Landmarks October 2018 Meeting


Thursday, October 11, 2018
6:00 PM
Boston City Hall - Piemonte Room (5th Floor)
After 5:30 pm, 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.

19.227 FPC: 348 Congress Street
Applicant: Robert Tuttle, NE Neon Co, Inc
Proposed Work: At front façade, install a blade sign adjacent to front entrance.

19.400 FPC: 3
13 Congress Street
Applicant: Stephanie Cambre, Boston Building, Wraps Inc.Proposed Work: At the corner of Congress and Sleeper Street, install temporary lease signage.

19.403 FPC: 1
0, 20, 30 Channel Center Street
Applicant: Aly Chadbourne Proposed Work: At A Street façade, install five way-finding blade signs.

19.520 FPC: 
21 Wormwood Street
Applicant: Dan Sullivan; Fort Point Place Condo Association Proposed Work: At side façade, remove existing non-historic door and frame, widen door frame by ~4”. Install new frame and door.
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy 
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Gillette To Sell Parking Lot

P&G Gillette announced today the sale of Channelside Parking lot along the Channel and A Street from Garage Access Road to Binford Streets. Gillette is a signatory to Fort Point 100 Acres Master Plan. This 6.5 acre parcel plays a significant part in the overall development of Fort Point as a neighborhood. 

Gillette's Alan Sheard notified the Fort Point Neighborhood Association this morning. "We believe this will be an exciting development for the neighborhood.  Years ago, we worked with the City and several neighbors in the community to establish a vision for this particular parcel of land.  This vision brings the possibility of new commercial and residential buildings, new parks, compelling view corridors and more.  The sale of this land will help bring this vision to life. As you know, South Boston is where we design and manufacture some of the most cutting-edge shaving technology in the world.  We’ve been at this site for over a century, and it will continue to play a significant role for us in the future.   As you can imagine, our goal will be to find a strong buyer for the property that will help make our neighborhood even more vibrant and attractive in the future."

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Ahoy There Martin's Park

The Boston Park's Department releases updates on Martin's Park to inform the community what has been done in the last few weeks and what to expect in the coming weeks. October's report also includes schedule updates and the incorporation of climate resiliency strategies.

What has been done in the last few weeks:

- The wooden play ship has been installed on site!!  This is a huge visual change in the park, and is very exciting to see.
- All of the piles have been drilled along the sea wall.  This important work (which has been a lot of work, but doesn’t make a visual impact on the park) will allow for the next steps of pouring the walls along the Harborwalk.  These walls will then allow the earth shaping to progress.
- Work is continuing inside the covered parking.  Wall finishes and utilities are being installed.

Boat Foundation
Boat Installed

Completed Piles & Harborwalk wall forming

Park Maintenance Room

Here is what to look for in the next 2-3 weeks:

- Pouring of the north and south walls along the Harborwalk.
- Installing the mudmat that will be the base for the geofoam to be built on top of.
- Connecting water and drainage lines.
- Staking of geofoam to build up the higher elevations of the park.
- Continuing the foundations around the play ship, including setting one of the access areas and the cargo boxes.

Schedule update:

We wanted to update the community that the anticipated construction completion time frame has been pushed back to the spring.  Due to the resiliency work that was described in a recent update*, the time frame of the work has been extended.  Unfortunately, this extension of the work has pushed the schedule into winter months.  Cold weather is not conducive to installing several weather sensitive items in the park such as rubber surfacing and vegetation planting. 

The contractor and the City will continue to push to finish the park as efficiently and effectively as possible without sacrificing design or quality.  As we all know, weather can be unpredictable and we cannot foresee how far into the winter months work will be able to continue.  We will continue working as long as the weather allows and will re-assess park completion schedules and grand opening activities later in the year as we get a better sense of how long work can continue.

Site Resiliency:

A reminder about resiliency...
During the construction portion of this project, the Climate Ready Boston Report was released.  The information provided in this report raised the flood elevation.  The park was designed using previously released flood elevations.  Due to this, design and engineering work needed to be completed to make sure that the park took into consideration this information and planned for future resiliency.  This created the need to shift some of the focus of construction onto the design aspect of the work.  What was important to us was that the resiliency worked with the current design in order to still provide the park design promised to the community while making the Park more resilient.  The design work associated with this shift has been completed and the construction moving forward will incorporate these important resiliency strategies.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lauren Bryant with Boston Parks & Recreation Department,

Monday, October 01, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At Lobbyist Regulation, Delivery Permits, Tree Coverage, Municipal IDs & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their September 26, 2018 meeting:

Lobbyist Registration and Regulation: The Council voted once again to pass a lobbyist registration ordinance and home-rule petition based on the version that the Council passed in July and that Mayor Walsh vetoed, following a working session on Monday chaired by Councilor Flaherty. The goal of this legislation is to promote good governance and to ensure transparency in government by requiring registration and disclosure of lobbying activities, to create fairness and consistency by applying the same rules to all persons engaged in lobbying activities, and to reinforce the community’s trust in the integrity of its government by guaranteeing convenient, timely access to information about attempts to influence the government’s decisions. This has been a lengthy process, as the Mayor had originally filed an Home Rule Petition on regulating lobbyists several years ago based on state lobbyist regulations. Along with Councilors Flaherty and Campbell, I authored a city ordinance to better tailor lobbyist regulations and disclosure requirements to the content and pace of municipal decision-making, and that could be immediately implemented rather than waiting for state approval for a home-rule petition. Our ordinance removed the exemption in the Mayor’s original Home Rule Petition that allows lobbyists not to register and disclose their activities if they make under $2500 or engage in less than 25 hours of lobbying in a reporting period, instead focusing on which activities count as lobbying, whether paid or unpaid, regardless of how many hours per month. As he filed a veto, the Mayor also proposed a revised version of his original home-rule petition in ordinance form that would add back in the thresholds to exempt lobbyists from registration if paid under a certain amount or lobbying for less than a certain number of hours; to create an independent City commission to oversee enforcement; to remove a provision specifying that attorneys taking no other action besides representing clients before a board or commission at a publicly noticed meeting need not register; and specifying that PACs must register. Today we voted to pass a revised version of our Council ordinance which adopts the independent City commission for enforcement and retains our other provisions. The ordinance will go into effect 180 days after the Mayor signs.

Delivery Vehicle Permits: The Council voted to pass the ordinance proposed by the Mayor that creates a new street occupancy permit for delivery vehicles over a four-hour window, following a working session on Monday. A general occupancy street permit requires a surety bond, and this permit would not, as it is intended to service residents with a one-off need for a delivery. The fee will be $50, plus administrative fees for signage, to total $69 plus meter fees for metered parking spots.

Tree Preservation: Councilors McCarthy and O’Malley filed a hearing order to look at ways in which the City can expand development requirements for tree preservation and total tree capacity. The current building boom has been responsible for a large number of trees being removed. The City had a goal of planting 100,000 trees by 2020, but currently it has only planted 10,000 and removed 6,000, not including the number of trees removed from development sites. Boston is in the process of developing a Climate Ready Boston plan to combat climate change, and with trees being an important part of the solution against climate change, this is a good opportunity to discuss the ways that the City can protect, preserve, and expand tree coverage. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Planning, Development and Transportation for a hearing.

Municipal ID: I filed a hearing order on the implementation process for a Boston Municipal ID program, which would provide access to formal identification for all residents regardless of gender identity, housing status, or immigration status. These residents often experience great difficulty in obtaining a photo ID, which prevents them from accessing critical services, and the estimate is that 140,000 people would be helped with this program. Other cities have successfully implemented municipal ID programs, which offer a variety of civic opportunities, such as discounts to museums or reduced bike sharing memberships. Boston’s program would aim to streamline city services, list medical information to assist first responders, and expand cultural opportunities to make it a program that all residents would want to join. The Council convened a hearing in October of 2016 following my first hearing order on the topic, and the Mayor announced the launch of a  feasibility study in 2017. This order is meant to understand the results of the analysis and next steps. The matter was assigned to the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services, Military Families and Veterans Affairs for a hearing.

Boston Freedom Rally: Councilors Zakim and Flynn filed a hearing order on the annual Freedom Rally, also known as Hempfest, which was most recently held on September 15-17 of this year on the Boston Common. The Councilors cite that there have been many complaints from residents about the rally, alleging permit violations with parked cars on the green, used needles and trash around. Councilors Zakim and Flynn plan to discuss the wear and tear of Boston Common and this event. The matter was assigned to Environment, Sustainability and Parks Committee for a hearing.

Upcoming hearings (In the City Council Chamber unless otherwise noted.) Watch:
  • Monday, 10/1, 3pm: Hearing to review the Boston Public School's strategies to serve off-track youth (Education).
  • Tuesday, 10/2, 1pm: Hearing re: plans regarding reconstruction of the Long Island Bridge and the reopening of service facilities (Planning, Development, and Transportation; Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery)
  • Our next City Council meeting will be on October 3, 2018 at 12pm
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit or sign up to receive these notes automatically. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Why Is Moakley Park Important To Fort Point & The Seaport?

Moakley Park is the city's first neighborhood park to be re-imagined as part of a climate resiliency strategy to protect itself and the surrounding area. Explore how a park can be both recreational and resilient at Discover Moakley on:

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Moakley Park
10 am - 3 pm Festival
7 pm - 9 pm: The Goonies movie
1005 Columbia Road
(walking distance of JFK/UMass red line stop)

Enjoy a fun day complete with food, beach games, skateboarding, a movie, plus a climate resiliency installation. 

Be part of the creation of the new Moakley Park vision, Take a moment to ponder how these strategies could be applied to protect the Harborwalk and to enhance current and future open green space in the Seaport and Fort Point. This free event is a part of Climate Preparedness Week  September 24 – September 30, 2018.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Welcome Back To The Neighborhood

A Welcome Back
Fort Point & Seaport Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
6 pm - 8 pm
Capital One Café
57 Seaport Blvd


Cisco Brewers Beer Garden
65 Northern Avenue

355 Congress St
(Lucky’s Building)
proposed change of occupancy
upper floors only

Craft Beer Cellar
34 Farnsworth


LOOKOUT Roof Top, 
Envoy Hotel

Neighborhood Updates & Discussion
Northern Avenue Bridge * Fort Point Open Studios
Moakley Park & Updates from You

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At Gas Safety, Opioid Crisis, Voter Registration & More

City Councilor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their September 12 and September 19, 2018 meetings:

Today (September 19), we declared September 24-30 as Climate Preparedness Week in the City of Boston! Next week, community leaders are hosting events around greater Boston to help prepare residents for the dangerous impacts of climate change and extreme weather. For more information or to find out about activities near you, check out

Appointments & Confirmations:

  • Kara Elliott-Ortega as the new Chief of Arts and Culture after the departure of Chief Julie Burros, effective September 3.
  • Cathleen Douglas Stone confirmed to be reappointed to the Boston Water & Sewer Commission.
Public Accommodations Protections: The Council voted (11-0, Councilors Flaherty & Zakim absent) to adopt Councilor O’Malley’s resolution in support of voting yes on Question 3 on this year’s ballot, which asks voters whether to maintain the anti-discrimination and public accommodation laws passed in 2016 to protect the rights of transgender people. This referendum is the first attempt in the country to repeal transgender public accommodation laws. Voting Yes would preserve the statewide anti-discrimination protections.

Gas Infrastructure: Councilors O’Malley, Flynn and Pressley called for a hearing to examine the safety of gas infrastructure in the city and look at our emergency preparedness measures in the face of risks from gas leaks and incidents. In the wake of what happened in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover, we need to make sure that natural gas companies have the standards to ensure the safety of neighborhoods, and that the City is taking all the necessary steps to ensure this disaster is not repeated. Specifically, the Councilors called for discussing natural gas safety features such as automatic shutoff valves, communications strategies to inform residents through multiple sources about disaster preparedness, and optimized coordination with utilities. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Environment, Sustainability & Parks for a hearing.

Opioid Crisis: Councilor Essaibi-George filed a hearing order in compliance with open meeting law as the Council and Boston State Delegation convene a working session regarding a collaborative approach to tackle the opioid crisis on Monday, September 24th, at 10AM in the Curley Room at City Hall. She noted that the meeting will be open to the public, but there will be no public testimony taken.

Voter Registration: Councilors Pressley, Edwards & Zakim called for a hearing to discuss the possibility of requiring landlords in Boston to provide voter registration information to new tenants when they sign a lease. The Councilors emphasized that nearly 64% of Bostonians are renters, and voter turnout has hovered around 30%. Other cities around the country have implemented ordinances with this requirement. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Civil Rights for a hearing.

Upcoming Hearings (In the City Council Chamber unless otherwise noted. Watch Live or At Your Leisure )

  • Thursday, 9/20, 5:30pm: Working Session re: East Boston Master Plan (Planning, Development, and Transportation)[Offsite at the East Boston YMCA, 215 Bremen Street]
  • Monday, 9/24, 10am: Working Session re: the opioid crisis (Homelessness, Mental Health & Recovery)[Curley Room]
  • Thursday, 9/27, 12pm: Hearing re: land disposition and stewardship (Planning, Development, and Transportation)
  • Monday, 10/1, 3pm: Hearing to review the Boston Public School's strategies to serve off-track youth (Education)
  • Tuesday, 10/2, 1pm: Hearing re: plans regarding reconstruction of the Long Island Bridge and the reopening of service facilities (Planning, Development, and Transportation; Homelessness, Mental Health and Recovery)
  • Our next City Council meeting will be on September 26, 2018 at 12pm
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit or sign up to receive these notes automatically.