Monday, May 21, 2018

FPNA Neighborhood Gathering: Reducing Flood Risk, Neighborhood Updates & Your Top Wishes


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


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
6 pm - 8 pm
District Hall
75 Northern Ave
(entrance available off Seaport Blvd)

featuring
Climate Ready Fort Point/ Seaport: The Next Steps
Richard McGuinness

Deputy Director for Climate Change & Environmental Planning
Boston Planning & Development Agency


and

Reducing The Risk of Storm Water Back Surge Flooding
John Sullivan
Chief Engineer, Boston Water & Sewer Commission

plus

Top Wishes for The Neighborhood: Setting Priorities
Bring Your Top Wishes


&

Neighborhood Updates

originally published 5.17.18

Friday, May 18, 2018

Love Your Block Is Back

updated 5/19/18: Thank you to all who volunteered this morning.  To those who couldn't join us and to our returning neighbors, planting in Wormwood Park continues on Sunday, May 20th from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm.  Thank You Picnic starts at 5pm. For event changes due to weather, check here for updates or follow us on Twitter.

Updated 5/18/18:  Resident Volunteer Day starts Saturday May 19th at 10 am at Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets) and planting may continue Sunday afternoon weather permitting. 
Street sweeping on Melcher Street is Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm rain or shine. Remember to move your car. Thank You Picnic is currently rescheduled to Sunday 5/20 at 5 pm in Wormwood Park. 

What is Love Your Block? Love Your Block is a spring citywide program to beautify and clean up Boston one block at a time.

What is Love Your Block FPNA Style?

It is Fort Point and Seaport businesses and residents creating a living tapestry together. With your continuous support, FPNA is celebrating the fourteenth annual neighborhood beautification event. Please join us as we plant, sweep and rake our way into spring. 

It is two volunteer events: one for businesses and one for residents.

FPNA Corporate Volunteer Day On Friday, May 18th from 11 am - 2 pm over 50 employees volunteered for Love Your Block. Companies participated by sponsoring a tree circle or street panel or as a tree angel, and by giving their employees an opportunity to volunteer for an hour or two in their work neighborhood.  Volunteers from neighborhood companies planted flowers and designed tree circles along A Street and Congress St.  Tools, gloves, commemorative t-shirt and lunch were provided in Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets) for those who volunteer (green thumb not required). Take a look at all the flowers along A Street from Melcher to Wormwood Park.

FPNA Residents Volunteer Day: Saturday, May 19th from 10 am -1 pm. Gather for coffee and pastries in Wormwood Park (Wormwood & A Streets) starting at 10 am. Tools, gloves and commemorative t-shirt provided. Come meet your neighbors and plant, sweep or rake for an hour or stay all day. We will be gardening primarily in Wormwood Park and along A Street fence from Melcher St to Wormwood St. Donations are gratefully accepted to help repair winter damage to plants and vines, and to beautify Wormwood Park.  We recommend people wear gardening clothes or clothes and footwear you don't mind getting into the dirt.

Annual Melcher Street Cleaning Day is Saturday, May 19th from 9 am to 1 pm. By moving your car off Melcher St, you will allow street sweepers to clean the street. With 24/7 resident parking, Saturday is a once a year opportunity. Free parking provided courtesy of P&G Gillette Channelside parking. View your car flyer for special instructions. 

FPNA Residents Volunteer Sunday: May 20th from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm. Thank You Picnic starts 5 pm in Wormwood Park. Enjoy delicious treats and beverages from local restaurants and shops. 

Check back for event and weather updates. 


Special thanks to the City of Boston, P&G Gillette, Channelside Parking, and all our corporate sponsors and volunteers.

Friday, May 11, 2018

249 A Street Artists Open Their Doors To You This Weekend

The Artists of 249 A Street Cooperative are opening their doors to you this weekend as they host Spring Open Studios:


Saturday, May 12 & Sunday, May 13
Noon to 5:00 pm
249 A Street
View and purchase artwork from a variety of artists, including painters, photographers, printmakers, book artists, potters, sculptors, mixed-media artists, and jewelers, all conveniently located in one building. It is the perfect opportunity to find a unique, handmade gift for your Mom (Mother's Day is May 13), your graduate, your Dad (Father's Day is June 17) and yourself because you deserve it. View Participating Artists
It is easy to get there. 249 A Street Artists Cooperative is a short walk from the Seaport and the Red Line's South Station & West Broadway T stops.  Free validated parking available directly across the street at the Channelside parking lot (Binford St entrance).

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Fort Point Landmarks May Meeting With Special Sea Level Rise Mitigation Presentation

The FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION will hold a public hearing on:

Thursday, May 10, 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.from Faneuil Hall).

. DESIGN REVIEW

18.1196 FPC        374 Congress Street 
Applicant: Bill Whitlock, Whitlock Design Group 
Proposed Work: At Boston Wharf Road façade, replace all windows on ground level with doors

18.1166 FPC        55 Thomson Place  
Applicant: John Renzi, Graphic Impact Signs 
Proposed Work: At front façade, install tenant directory signage

18.1147 FPC        A Street & Boston Wharf Road  
Applicant: Chuck Gregory, HDR Engineering 
Proposed Work: Along Both Sides of A Street between Iron Street and Melcher Street and The Eastern side of Boston Wharf Road between Congress Street and Calvin Place, complete sidewalk, crosswalk repair and construct wheelchair access ramps.

18.1144 FPC        12 Thomson Place  
Applicant: John Kiernan 
Proposed Work: At south façade, install new copper gutters and downspouts replicating original. At east and west parapets, install aluminum coated with PVC, colored to simulated patinated copper. 

II. 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 commission staff pending ratification at its monthly public hearing.  Having been identified as meeting these eligibility criteria and all applicable guidelines, the following applications will be approved at this hearing

PROJECTS COMPLIANT WITH DISTRICT STANDARDS & CRITERIA 
18.1214 FPC        21 Wormwood Street
Applicant: Jason Powell, Barkan Management Company
Proposed Work: At front façade, install replacement exhaust vent.

III. ADVISORY REVIEW 

Fort Point Channel Waterfront Presenters: Chris Busch, Mia Mansfield, Richard McGuinness, City of Boston Proposed Work: Preliminary plans for sea level rise mitigation in the district. NOTE: Due to time constraints there will most likely not be time for public comment. 

IV. REVIEW and RATIFICATION OF April 12, 2018 HEARING MINUTES

V. STAFF UPDATES 

 PROJECTED ADJOURNMENT: 8:00 PM 

FORT POINT CHANNEL LANDMARK DISTRICT COMMISSION  
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

Boston City Council Looks At Grants, Appointments, Bike Lanes, Greenway BID & 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 April 15 and May 2, 2018 meetings:


Grants: The Council voted to approve Mayor Walsh’s authorization orders for:
  • $99,314 from U.S. Department of Justice to fund Address Verification Program activities mandated by the MA Sex Offender Registry Board. This grant would also fund the FY17 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Reallocation.
  • The Elderly Commission to accept and expend $130,253 from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to fund 356 RSVP volunteers who will provide social support to homebound or older adults and individuals with disabilities.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture to accept and expend:

  • $5,000 from the MA Cultural Council to fund programming in the Roxbury Cultural District.
  • $5,000 from the Boston Foundation to fund the original creation of contemporary artwork by emerging artists.
Appointments:

  • Tony Barros as a Member of the Boston School Committee Nominating Panel for a term expiring on April 13, 2020.
  • Laurie Ciardi as a Member of the Boston School Committee Nominating Panel for a term expiring on April 13, 2020.
  • Jerry Howland as a Member of the Boston School Committee Nominating Panel for a term expiring on April 20, 2020.
  • Daniel Greene as a Trustee of the Boston Retirement Board for a term expiring on March 13, 2020.
  • Amelia Croteau to serve as an Ex Officio Trustee to the Boston Groundwater Trust.
  • Michael Parker as Chairperson of the Boston Conservation Commission, effective immediately.
  • Alexis Tkachuk, the Director of Emerging Industries, to execute on the Mayor’s behalf to host community agreements with marijuana establishments or medical marijuana treatment centers.
Protected Bike Lanes on the Longfellow Bridge: We voted to adopt the resolution that Councilor Zakim and I filed a resolution to support the implementation of protected bike lanes on the Longfellow Bridge. The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a similar resolution. The bridge is scheduled to reopen this month after nearly a decade of planning and construction. According to the Boston Transportation Department, the number of Bostonians who “usually” commute by bicycle increased by 180% from 2007 to 2016, cyclists comprised 34.9% of inbound traffic on the bridge during the morning commute in 2017, and the bridge was among the top 10 busiest cycling locations in the entire city of Boston during 2017, despite the lack of a safe bicycle land during construction. More than 3,100 individuals signed a petition calling on the MA Department of Transportation to install protected bike lanes on the Longfellow Bridge, with signatories using terms such as “dangerous,” “death-trip,” and “terrifying” to describe riding on the bridge absent adequate infrastructure.  We support advocates’ requests to reduce the number of vehicular lanes on the inbound side of the Longfellow Bridge from two to one for the uphill portion of the bridge and implementing physically separated bicycle infrastructure on the bridge wide enough to facilitate passing, before it reopens. MassDOT has recently committed to being open to a pilot of this situation after certain baselines are established, but we believe the infrastructure should be safe from the beginning and the current numbers demonstrate a strong baseline for cyclist demand and need. The Council also urges the MA Department of Transportation to make an immediate public commitment to implementing this revised plan, and work with advocates and stakeholders to ensure the new bridge works for commuters of all transit modes.
                 
NSTAR Zoning: NSTAR Electric Company filed a petition with the Department of Public Utilities seeking zoning relief from the Boston Zoning Code. The zoning exemption relief is requested to complete certain proposed modifications to an existing substation, Substation No. 385 (the “K Street Substation”) at 500 East First Street in South Boston.

Greenway Business Improvement District (BID): We voted unanimously to approve the Greenway Business Improvement District, a special assessment district allowed by state law in which property owners vote to initiate, manage and finance supplemental services or enhancements above and beyond the baseline of services already provided by their local governments. At the public hearing on April 12th, we heard from the City, State, Greenway Conservancy and A Better City about this public-private partnership that will generate and estimated $1.5M for maintenance, operations, and programming. The Greenway is a hub of cultural programming, public art, resilient open space management, and place-making. This will help advance a sustainable, long-term stability to the Greenway’s funding in the spirit of shared responsibility between the public and private sectors. This will be the second BID district in Boston (after the Downtown BID) and will contribute $1.5M to The Greenway each year. Councilors emphasized and thanked the Greenway for their commitment at the hearing to pushing further on equity, diversity, and accessibility in all their programming and operations.

Upcoming Hearings (Livestream): 
  • Friday, 5/4 at 11:00 AM: Hearing re: MBTA Assessment (Planning, Development & Transportation) - POSTPONED
  • Friday, 5/4 at 2:00 PM: Working Session re: (Environment, Sustainability & Parks) - CANCELED
  • Monday, 5/7 at 2:00 PM: Working Session re: Authorizing Additional Licenses for the sale of All Alcoholic Beverages to be Drunk on the Premises in Boston (Government Operations)
  • Tuesday, 5/8 at 12:00 PM: Hearing re: An Act Directing the Police Department to waive the maximum age requirement for police officer Hugh Trong Ngo (Government Operations)
  • Friday, 5/11 at 11:00 AM: Hearing re: Amending the City of Boston Code, Ch. VI, Sec. 6-9.5(G), the Solar Renewable Energy Certificates Revolving Fund (Government Operations)
Upcoming Budget Hearings (Livestream)

  • Thursday, 5/3 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: BPS Administrative Budget, Central Office, and Academic and Student Support Services (1)
  • Thursday, 5/3 at 2:00 PM: FY19 Budget: FY19 Budget: BPS Academics and Student Support Services (2)
  • Monday, 5/7 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Inspectional Services Department
  • Monday, 5/7 at 12:30 PM: FY19 Budget Animal Care and Control Revolving Fund
  • Tuesday, 5/8 at 2:00 PM:  FY19 Budget: BPS School Operations (1)
  • Tuesday, 5/8 at 6:00 PM:  FY19 Budget: BPS School Operations (2)
  • Thursday, 5/10 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: BPS Human Capital and Equity
  • Monday, 5/14 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Boston Centers for Youth and Families
  • Monday, 5/14 at 12:30 PM: City Hall Child Care Revolving Fund
  • Monday, 5/14 at 2:00 PM: FY19 Budget: Youth Engagement and Employment
  • Tuesday, 5/15 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Public Works
  • Thursday, 5/17 at 10:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Public Health Commission (1)
  • Thursday, 5/17 at 2:00 PM: FY19 Budget: Public Health Commission (2)
  • Friday, 5/18 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Emergency Medical Services
  • Monday, 5/21 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Fire Department
  • Tuesday, 5/22 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Police Department
  • Tuesday, 5/22 at 12:30 PM: FY19 Budget: BPD Revolving Funds
  • Tuesday, 5/22 at 2:00 PM: FY19 Budget: Boston Planning and Development Agency
  • Tuesday, 5/22 at 5:00 PM: FY19 Budget: Boston Transportation Department
  • Thursday, 5/23 at 11:30 AM: FY19 Budget: Parks and Recreation Department
  • Monday, 6/4 at 11:00 AM: FY19 Budget: Carryover
  • Tuesday, 6/5 at 2:00 PM: FY19 Budget: Public Testimony
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Tuesday Is Election Day: MA Senate

Yes, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 is election day. What? It is the special election for our district's Massachusetts Senate seat. Polls will be open 7 am - 8 pm at: 

Condon School Cafeteria
200 D Street
(off West Broadway behind Laboure Center)

VOTE FOR
 1st Suffolk District Senate seat
vacated by Linda Dorena Forry
View the candidates


Why vote? The community counts on our elected officials for their support of local issues and initiatives. Elected officials look at voter turnout by neighborhood. In particular, why do State Elections matter in Fort Point and the Seaport? The State (MCCA/BCEC, MBTA and Massport) is a property owner, developer and public transit provider in the neighborhood.

Fan Pier Civic/Cultural Space Open For Bid

Come hear finalists Boston Center of the Arts, Cross Cultural Collective, Grubstrret, and Medicine Wheel 4/30/18 5:30 pm - 7 pm at District Hall. 

Updated 2/9/18: Last week's proposal submissions for the civic/cultural space at 50 Liberty on Fan Pier came in heavily in favor of the arts. The eight organizations who submitted are: Boston Center for the Arts, Cross Cultural Collective (C3), GrubStreet, HUBWeek, Kadence Arts, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, Medicine Wheel Productions and the South Boston Arts Association.  Source: Boston Herald's Donna Goodison 8 Groups vie for prime space in the Seaport.  

Updated 1/10/18: Site visit pre- RFI meeting is scheduled for Jan. 18th from 3pm to 4pm at 50 Liberty Dr. The site is under construction and attendees are advised to dress accordingly. Visitors will be asked to sign waivers prior to entry.  

On January 2, 2018 Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) released a Request For Interest (RFI) in the lease of civic/cultural space at 50 Liberty on the Fan Pier.

The RFI is part of the City of Boston’s long-standing planning objectives for the South Boston Waterfront District, which include a broad mix of uses tied together with an inviting pedestrian scale with continuous public access along the waterfront on the Harborwalk. The mix of uses necessary for a vibrant district include residential, commercial, hotel, retail, open space, and civic and cultural uses. The need for a strong civic and cultural presence in the district was underscored through the approval of the South Boston Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan, which calls for 127,000 SF of new civic/cultural uses to balance the scale of new private development on the filled tidelands of the neighborhood. Existing civic and cultural destinations in the area include Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art (“ICA”) Boston Community Boating (“BCB”), Midway Studios, Fort Point Artists Community, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC); and the Society of Arts & Crafts.

50 Liberty is the seventh building to be constructed by the Fallon Company as part of the Fan Pier project, an approximately three million square foot mixed-use development on the South Boston Waterfront.




The 50 Liberty Civic/Cultural Space consists of 5,000 square feet of gross floor area on the southeast corner of the first floor of 50 Liberty, and the balance of 8,166 square feet of gross floor area is on the second floor of 50 Liberty.

The Developer/Landlord, in conjunction with the BPDA, is seeking letters of interest from Boston-based qualified civic and cultural operators to lease the 50 Liberty Civic/Cultural Space. The Landlord will lease the 50 Liberty Civic/Cultural Space to the selected user for an annual triple net rent of $1.00. The selected user will be responsible for the maintenance of the space, all of their insurance, and a pro rata share of operating expenses for 50 Liberty allocated to the space. It is currently estimated that such monthly operating expenses will be less than $0.40 per square foot in the first year of operation of the Condominium. The selected user will receive a $25 PSF-construction allowance (totaling $329,150) toward improvements to the warm, white space necessary or desirable for occupancy. Completion of 50 Liberty is expected in the first quarter of 2018 and occupancy expected upon execution of lease.

To download a copy of the request for information, please visit Boston Plans. According to the website there will be a pre-RFI meeting on January 18, 2018. The submission deadline is February 2nd at 5 pm to:


Developer:
BPDA:
c/o The Fallon Company LLC
One Marina Park Drive, Suite 1400
Boston, Massachusetts 02210
Attention:  Myrna Putziger


Boston Planning & Development Agency
One City Hall Plaza, 9th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02201
Attention:  Richard McGuinness


originally published 1.3.18

Monday, April 23, 2018

Community Preservation: Using Funds to Support Historic Preservation, Affordable Housing & Open Space

What does the neighborhood need in terms of historic preservation, affordable housing and open space?

Bring your ideas and needs to the Fort Point Neighborhood Association's Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Neighborhood Gathering from 6 pm to 8 pm at Capital One Cafe located at 57 Seaport Blvd.

Our special guest is Christine Poff, Community Preservation Director, who will be speaking about the Community Preservation Fund and leading a discussion on what the Fund can do to support historic preservation, affordable housing and open space. View meeting announcement


A Community Preservation spring pilot funding program is active. Organizations with “shovel-ready” affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space proposals may apply for spring funding. To apply, first review the pilot program application guide. Then, complete the online application. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 27, at 5 p.m.

Background:

In November of 2016, Boston residents voted to adapt the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The Conservation Preservation Act places a 1% surcharge on residential and commercial property taxes to fund affordable housing, parks and open space improvements (including outdoor recreation facilities) and historic preservation.

The City projected that CPA would bring in $16 million to $20 million annually to the Community Preservation Fund.

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is responsible for recommending allocations of expenditures from the Community Preservation Fund. 


Related Posts

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Renewal, Possibilities & Preservation Headline April Neighborhood Gathering

Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association

for 

A Neighborhood Gathering

Tuesday, April 24
6 pm - 8 pm
Capital One Café
57 Seaport Blvd

featuring
Christine Poff, Community Preservation Director
Boston's Community Preservation Act Plan for
Open Space * Historic Preservation * Affordable Housing

 A Discussion of Neighborhood Needs

and
Nicholas Armata
 Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission
Fort Point's Historic District, The Commission &
The Role of Commissioners


with the latest on
Love Your Block 2018
Sweeping, Planting & Raking Our Way Into Spring
Gardeners, Sweepers & Outdoor Adventurers


*** Special thanks to Capital One Café  for hosting. ***

Friday, April 13, 2018

Mayor Walsh Announces Investments In South Boston

This week Mayor Walsh presented his Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal. On April 24, 2018 the Mayor will present his proposed 2019 - 2023 Capital Plan alongside city officials in Franklin Park at 10:00 a.m. The Capital Plan makes critical investments in the City's infrastructure in every Boston neighborhood, and is guided by Boston's citywide plan, Imagine Boston 2030. Learn more about the budget

The proposed investments in South Boston focus on open spaces and parks, community spaces, and city street improvements.  #YourCityYourBudget

In Fort Point, the proposed capital budget allocates funds toward Martin's Park, Summer Street improvements, Congress Street improvements and the refurbishment and restoration of the Northern Avenue Bridge.