Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BCEC Community Meeting: A Neighborhood Perspective

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Condon School (200 D Street), a community meeting sponsored by the  South Boston Elected Officials, the St. Vincent's Neighborhood Association and the Fort Point Neighborhood Association will be held to discuss:

  • The future of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) 
  • Ongoing safety and environmental concerns related to Cypher Street/South Lot remediation
  • The MassDOT testing lab
  • Access at the Lawn on D

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) officials will make a presentation followed by Q & A with residents. All are welcome. 

originally published 6.16.17

Power Plant Redevelopment Public Meeting

updated 6.12.17:  The next project public community meeting will be June 21, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm at the Tynan School.The June 7th meeting presentation is available for viewing. You may also read about the project at L Street Station Boston.

The BDPA (Boston Planning and Development Agency) hosted a public meeting for HRP 776 Summer Street LLC's proposal to redevelop the former L Street Edison Power Plant, an approximately 15.2-acre site located at 776 Summer Street in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston on: 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
6 pm - 8 pm
Tynan School
650 E 4th Street
View Meeting Presentation

The rehabilitated and new buildings are anticipated upon completion of the full build-out to contain approximately 2.1 million square feet of residential, office, hotel, retail, restaurant, and other commercial uses, together with ancillary parking (the “Proposed Project”). Included in the project is the on-site creation of an arts and industry district. For more project details, view the project notification form.

BPDA Project Manager: Gary Uter

originally published 6.1.17

Monday, June 19, 2017

GE To Hold Second Construction Community Meeting

GE will hold a community meeting to discuss further construction details on the renovation and development of their new home, GE Innovation Point on:

Monday, June 19, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Factory 63
63 Melcher Street

Abutters are encouraged to attend as well as the public.  

Construction Updates
Website: GE Reports
Email: innovation.point@ge.com
Hotline: 617-443-3434

View construction truck routes as of March 30, 2017

In case you missed it, take a sneak peek at the green bridge rehabilitation as presented at Fort Point Landmarks District Commission on June 8, 2017. 

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originally published 6.13.17 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Boston City Council Looks At Summer St. Funding, Sanctuary Schools, Cultural Districts, Marijuana & More

City Council President Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and more at their June 7th and June 14th Council meetings:

Transportation Infrastructure Grant: The Mayor filed an order asking for authorization for the Public Works Department to accept and expend a $6M MassDOT grant for pedestrian, bicycle and traffic improvements to be used in the reconstruction of Summer Street in the Waterfront. The matter was sent to the Parks, Recreation & Transportation Committee for a hearing.

FY18 Operating Budget: By City Charter, the Council must act on the budget each year by the 2nd Wednesday of June but our fiscal year ends June 30th, so it is customary that the Council rejects the budget without prejudice, allowing the Administration to resubmit a revised version with changes reflecting feedback from our many Ways & Means Committee hearings (27 to date). The Council voted down the General operating budget, BPS operating budget, and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) liability trust fund. The Administration will most likely resubmit the budget at next week’s Council meeting, with a hearing on the changes tentatively scheduled for June 27th at 10AM. If the Council does not approve the budget by the start of FY2018 (meaning a vote at the June 28th meeting), departments will continue on a month-to-month basis with 1/12 of the funding that was allocated in this current fiscal year.

Sanctuary School Act: Councilors Flaherty and Jackson reported back on yesterday’s hearing on Councilor Jackson’s proposed Sanctuary School Act, which would codify practices regarding federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Boston Public Schools. Under the ordinance, ICE agents would not be allowed to enter BPS sites without a signed warrant from a judge and explicit written permission from the Superintendent and District Attorney; BPS will refuse all voluntary information sharing with ICE; and BPS may not ask for or require proof of legal immigration status upon enrollment. The matter remains in the Government Operations Committee for further work given testimony from Administration officials that some revisions would be needed. Several Councilors urged the city’s law department to act quickly on suggesting those revisions, because students are going into summer school and teachers had testified at the hearing about confusion due to lack of policy at the moment.

Medical Marijuana Dispensary: Councilor Zakim called for a hearing regarding a medical marijuana dispensary at 331 Newbury Street. Compassionate Organics, a non-profit medical marijuana company, is seeking approval to open a dispensary at 331 Newbury Street in the Back Bay. In order to advance in the state’s application process, any petitioner must obtain a letter of support or non-opposition from Mayor Walsh or the City Council. This particular applicant had appeared before the Council in August 2016 when applying for a location on Harvard Ave in Allston, and the Council voted to decline offering a letter of non-opposition for that location. Councilor Zakim stated that he does not have a position on this particular applicant at this location, but wanted to give them a fair and open hearing before the Council to hear from neighbors. The matter was assigned to the Planning & Development Committee for a hearing.

City Council Summer Meetings Location: President Wu filed public notice confirming the location change for Council meetings on July 12th, August 2nd, August 23rd, and September 13th – which will be moved to Faneuil Hall while the Council Chamber is under renovations for accessibility improvements. As a reminder, the project will lift the Council floor and make our space fully accessible for those with mobility challenges and/or using wheelchairs. Currently, the Council floor is three steps down from the main floor, and the only way down is from a ramp that requires someone in a wheelchair to go all the way around to the back entrance for access. The new plans will mean that no one will have to go around to the back to access the Council floor, and that the Councilors’ entrance and President’s podium will be fully accessible. The plan will also change a row of public seating to provide wheelchair-accessible seating (currently nonexistent). The improvements will also include sound treatments on some of the walls to help attendees hear better, LED lights that will save energy and provide adequate lighting on one side of the Chamber that is currently dark, and new carpeting in the form of carpet tiles that are easier to clean and overall more cost-effective to maintain. The Council was told that renovations are scheduled to be completed by mid-September, so the plan is to be back in City Hall for our Council meetings on September 20th and 27th. If construction runs long, Faneuil Hall is already booked for these dates, but we’ve reserved backup dates in Faneuil Hall on different days of the week for those two weeks. Committee hearings will take place in Room 801 of City Hall during construction. All hearings and meetings will continue to be live-streamed with closed captioning as usual. Thanks to Council Central Staff, Property Management, the City Cable Office, and Boston Neighborhood Network for all your coordination and efforts to plan for this transition.

Urban Renewal: President Wu filed a letter attaching a communication from BPDA Director Brian Golden codifying the agency’s understanding of the City Council’s role in future urban renewal plan extensions within the City of Boston, as a follow up to our most recent City Council Urban Renewal Biannual Update meeting. The letter confirms that the BPDA will seek and obtain Council’s approval for any future extension of the urban renewal plans prior to seeking the MA Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) approval. Read the letter here.

Fenway Cultural District: The Council voted to adopt a resolution President Wu filed in partnership with Councilors Pressley, Jackson, and Zakim to support the renewal of the Fenway Cultural District Designation. Last week, the Council held a hearing at the Museum of Fine Arts on the district’s reapplication for another 5-year period, where we heard from Chief of Arts and Culture Julie Burros, Fenway Alliance Executive Director Kelly Brilliant, leaders from the MFA, Simmons College, First Church of Christ Scientist, and Berklee College of Music, and many residents in support of renewal. As a reminder, on March 24, 2012, the Fenway Cultural District was officially designated as Boston’s first cultural district by the Massachusetts Cultural Council thanks to a resolution sponsored by Councilors Pressley and Jackson, along with then-Councilor Mike Ross. To maintain this designation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council requires all cultural districts to submit a reapplication every five years and to hold at least one community input meeting. The reapplication includes an expanded map to include Berklee College of Music. Council sponsors emphasized that the renewal would reinforce collaboration among the city’s now three cultural districts (the Literary Cultural District and Roxbury Cultural District in addition), that there are practical benefits to designation (including closer collaboration and cross-promotion), and real economic benefits too.

Upcoming Hearings (Watch Live
  • Monday, 6/19 at 2:00PM, Medically Supervised Injection Facilities (Homelessness, Mental Health & Recovery)
  • Tuesday, 6/27 at 10:00AM, [Tentative] FY18 Budget Resubmittal (Ways & Means)
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically each week by email. 

Friday, June 09, 2017

MBTA To Host Public Meeting For Track 61 Red Line Car Testing

The MBTA will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Artists for Humanity at 100 W Second Street regarding a section of South Boston track known as Track 61 that will be used for testing new Red Line subway cars starting in 2019 through 2023. At this meeting, MBTA staff and project team members will share information about the project scope and schedule and be available to answer questions. 

The Project corridor is approximately 5,185 feet long and follows the existing track from Cabot Yard south of the South Boston Bypass Road and travels northeast under each cross street from West Fifth Street until B Street and terminates at the property with frontage on Cypher Street. This property is generally known as “Yard 61” and is privately owned; however, a portion of the property is encumbered by a railroad easement held by the MBTA through MassDOT.

A Vehicle Testing Facility is proposed to be built at B & Cypher Streets with access from B & W 1st Streets. 

Why Track 61?
Adjacent to Haul Road, Track 61 meets the requirements necessary for proper testing:
No less than 1,800 feet of straight track for test runs.
Close proximity to the Red Line’s maintenance facility.
Ability to move cars from the Red Line’s maintenance facility to the test track with no impact on the main line.
Additional storage for vehicles in close proximity to the test track.

At a projected cost of $32 million, upgrading of the track will commence in the fall after the MBTA solicits bids and awards a contract for the necessary work.

More information about the project can be found at mbta.com and via the MBTA Notice of Intent

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency. Accessibility accommodations and language services will be provided free of charge, upon request, as available. Such services include documents in alternate formats, translated documents, assistive listening devices, and interpreters (including American Sign Language). For more information or to request reasonable accommodations and/or language services, please contact Shannon Ryan at 617.268.7620 or sryan@afhboston.org.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Fort Point Channel Landmarks June 2017 Meeting


Thursday, June 8, 2017
5:30 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.


17.1002 FPC 253 Summer Street (continued from 1/2017)
Applicant: Susan Twomey, Bergmeyer Associates. Inc.
Proposed Work: lnstall wall painted signage (Lolita) at one location; remove infill at openings fronting the channel; install menu boxes at two locations; relocate the Harborwalk Signage; create a new door opening within the Harborwalk; install stairs and metal corner guards at Necco Court entry; modify Certificate of Design Approval 16.1560FPC and 17.71OFPC with changes to the lighting, window sash material within the Harborwalk. and modify the design of the paired entry doors within the Harborwalk.

Applicant: Peter Cavanaugh, General Electric
Proposed Work: Rehabilitate the connector bridge on Necco Court.

Applicant: Peter Cooke, T-Mobile Northeast LLC
Proposed Work: Install telecommunication equipment on the roof of the building.

Applicant: Kosta Jovanovic, Crown Castle
Proposed Work: Modify Certificate of Design Approval l7.6l7FPC by changing the style of two light poles featuring telecommunication equipment.




David Berarducci (Chair). Susan Goganian, John Karoff (Vice-Chair), Lynn Smiledge, Michele Yeeles
Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

originally published 5.25.17

Friday, June 02, 2017

Common Boston Festival This Weekend In Fort Point & Beyond

The Common Boston Festival, a program of the BSA Foundation, is a unique opportunity to discover and explore the region's rich architectural, cultural, and historic resources. On Saturday and Sunday June 3 and 4, 2017, more than  50 sites throughout Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline will open their doors to the public free of charge, allowing people to explore their city environment and deepen their knowledge of their community. From innovative wood shops and rooftop gardens to 300 year old houses and Tiffany stained glass adorned sacred spaces, Common Boston's diverse range of sites sheds light on the great and hidden architecture of Boston. For a complete list of sites and to download the catalog click here.

Here is what is going on in and around Fort Point:

BSA Space
Museums and Galleries | 290 Congress St, 02210
Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–5pm | 617.391.4027

The design of Boston's leading center for architecture and design creates a single gesture of a soffit, a monumental stair, and a billboard to make BSA Space both visible and accessible to the public. BSA Space is home to the Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation. The space hosts exhibitions, walking tours, and other programs that encourage collaboration. The exhibition currently on view is The New Inflatable Moment, which explores the resurgence of inflatable installations in
architecture. Wheelchair Accessible. Built in 2011, designed by Höweler + Yoon.

Community Boat Building
Community Spaces | 21 Liberty Dr, 02210
Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 12pm–6pm | 617.428.0155

This 4,300 square foot space is an open design suitable for building 10-foot wooden skiffs. The construction process of the boats teaches Boston Public Schools students about teamwork, mathematics, design, and spatial relations. It helps to fire students’ imaginations, provide access to launch boats, and give students a place to assess the marine environment. Community Boat Building is able to occupy its current space through offsets stipulated by the Chapter 91 Public Waterfront Act. Wheelchair Accessible. Built in 2014.

District Hall
Innovation | 75 Northern Ave, 02210
Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm | 617.982.3213

Built on the site of the former waterfront rail yards, the building is inspired by the area’s industrial past. It is composed of two basic volumes: a long, low bar references box cars that once populated the site, and an angular shell recalls the shipping industry’s boats and waterfront warehouses. District Hall is the first freestanding, city-championed innovation center of its kind in the country. Inside, find a restaurant and café, workspaces, and classrooms. District Hall’s mission is to build, strengthen, and connect individuals and communities of innovators.Wheelchair Accessible,  Built in 2013, designed by Hacin + Associates.

L Street Power Station
Innovation | 776 Summer St, 02127
Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm | 617.904.7000

Built at the turn of the 19th century as a power plant that supplied much of Boston’s growing energy needs, L Street Power Station was operated as a power plant through the beginning of the 21st century. It was purchased in a joint venture between Hilco and Redgate in April 2016 who plan to redevelop it into a vibrant, arts- and industry-themed, mixed-use project that celebrates its special history. The main turbine hall of the station is open to CB17 visitors. Built in 1903, designed by Boston Electric Company.

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage
Sacred Spaces | 51 Seaport Blvd, 02210
Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–11am, 12:45pm–6pm,
Mass Sunday 11am–12:45pm | 617.268.8100

Built in the 1950s to serve fishermen, longshoremen, and their families, the Chapel moved to a new site this year to better serve local workers. The new chapel retains much of its nautical heritage with a ceiling patterned after the hull of a ship and walls inscribed with the prayer “They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters…” It is a beautiful house of prayer, intimate in size, but majestic in its elements. Wheelchair Accessible. Built in 2017, designed by Cram and Ferguson Architects.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

2017 Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grants Announced

In case you missed it, last month the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and the Fort Point Channel Operations Board (FPCOB) awarded five grants totaling $50,300 to art, education, and community groups with plans for activating the Fort Point Channel Watersheet for the 2017 season.

Grant applicants were asked to submit creative proposals for water-based programming in and around Fort Point that will benefit the general public, including such things as new water-based infrastructure, public events, art installations, and educational opportunities.

2017 Winning Projects

Outdoor Programming at Boston Children’s Museum
Applicant:Boston Children’s Museum
Award: $10,000
The Boston Children’s Museum submitted a proposal for free, family-friendly, and educational outdoor programming on the waterfront this summer.

Brown Box Season of Free Theater
Applicant: Brown Box Theatre Project
Award: $10,000
Brown Box Theatre Project’s professional, high-quality, and free performances will return to the Fort Point Channel for the fifth year with both indoor and outdoor performances with support for professional actors and the promotion of their productions.

FPC Floating Salt Marsh
Applicant: Community Boat Building
Award: $7,239
Community Boat Building (CBB)’s mission is to bring real world experience and academic skills together to build both a sea-worthy boat and an excitement for learning among low-income elementary school students in Boston Public Schools (BPS). CBB plans to construct a floating salt marsh that will engage at-risk BPS students and reinforce STEM academics.

Discovering Fort Point Channel: A Science and Art Exploration of the Beings and Beauty of the Waterfront
Applicant: “e”, Inc.
Award: $7,061
Previous grantee “e” inc. will return with its six-week marine science education program at Atlantic Wharf on Fort Point Channel this July and August. Youth from various urban summer camps and social service centers will be able to enjoy hands-on science lessons and experience rowing in Boston Harbor.

Floating Public Art Series
Applicant: Fort Point Arts Community
Award: $16,000
The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) will bring more floating art to the Fort Point Channel—two temporary floating public art projects timed to coincide with FPAC’s Fall and Spring Open Studio events.

About the Fort Point Watersheet Activation Plan
The grant program is part of the Fort Point Watersheet Activation Plan, established in 2002 by the Mayor's Office and the Boston Redevelopment Authority to spearhead a vision for a “Boston Common on the water.” The Plan, which proposed new cultural activities and year round programming, resulted from a successful collaborative effort between the City, the State’s Office of Coastal Zone Management, landowners, nonprofit and cultural leaders, and residents. The Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program is funded by the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License for Atlantic Wharf, developed by Boston Properties.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Boston City Council Looks At Community Preservation, Pregnant Workers, Chamber Accessibility & More

City Council President Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the following items and many more during their May Council meetings:

Community Preservation Committee: Councilor Flaherty reported back on May 15th's working session on the creation of the Community Preservation Committee. State law requires that after communities opt in to the CPA, the local legislative body passes an ordinance to define the composition and procedures of the committee that will make recommendations on how to allocate CPA funds. This ordinance proposes a committee of 5 members appointed by the Mayor (heads of various agencies/commissions that oversee affordable housing, parks and open space, and historic preservation as statutorily defined) and 4 appointed by the City Council, serving staggered 3 year terms. The group would be responsible for recommending allocations of expenditures from the Community Preservation Fund, which must be appropriated by vote of the City Council. CPA projects must be related to the acquisition, creation, and preservation of open space, historic preservation, and affordable housing.
At the working session, a revised draft that included more specific language on transparency, committee member expertise, and the selection process was reviewed. The Yes for a Better Boston (YBB) Coalition which had led the community mobilization efforts pushing for the ballot initiative had requested that all four Council appointments should come from a list of 12 people that YBB would provide. The Administration also drafted an ordinance that would have the Mayor appoint these seats – 1 from a list created by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, and 3 from a list of 9 from YBB. Councilors expressed concern about allocating seats to specific organizations, given that ordinances will be on the books for years to come and the composition and leadership of organizations can change. Our proposal is for the Council to create a subcommittee to oversee the selection process (through an open application portal on the City website that could include support letters from organizations) and hear recommendations from the CPA Committee on allocation. Councilor Flaherty also mentioned that there was some discussion on whether the Council needed to formalize the committee structure by June 1st in order for the City to begin collecting and potentially disbursing the funds in this fiscal year; if that is the case, we would have to vote on the ordinance at next week’s meeting. The matter remains in the Committee on Government Operations.

Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals: The Council voted to adopt President Wu's resolution filed in partnership with Councilors Jackson, McCarthy, and Zakim to urge the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals. TPS is an emergency immigration status given when people are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. The TPS designation allows eligible Haitian nationals to temporarily continue living and working in the United States, and it was granted to Haitian nationals who were in the US as of January 12, 2010, the date of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. The designation has been renewed multiple times, and the latest extension expires July 22, 2017, with a decision due by May 23rd to leave enough time for a 60-day notice period. Legally, the decision should only be based on current conditions in Haiti, and whether people could safely return. We know that Haiti has not yet recovered from the 2010 earthquake and the nation suffers from economic and political crises, rampant Zika and Chikungunya, the effects of a devastating cholera epidemic, and the destructive effects of Hurricane Matthew. However, there have been recent reports that the Trump administration has requested questionable data regarding TPS beneficiaries’ involvement with the criminal justice system and public benefits system, suggesting that they are looking to build a misleading narrative. Several Councilors rose to support extending TPS for Haitian nationals, citing the strong and thriving Haitian American community in the Greater Boston region, which makes up the country’s third-largest Haitian population; nearly 1 out of 10 Haitians living in this area have TPS. May is Haitian Heritage Month, and the City of Boston is proud to be the first city in the nation to formally celebrate Haitian Heritage Month.

Council Chamber Accessibility Project: President Wu gave a brief update on the Council Chamber accessibility project, which is proceeding on schedule for renovations this summer beginning in early July and lasting until September. Plans are being finalized to use Faneuil Hall for those summer meetings during construction, except that the space is booked already for the dates of our last two meetings in September, so those dates dates may need to be adjusted or a different location found. As a reminder, the project will lift the Council floor and make our space fully accessible for those with mobility challenges and/or using wheelchairs. Currently, the Council floor is three steps down from the main floor, and the only way down is from a ramp that requires someone in a wheelchair to go all the way around to the back entrance for access. The new plans will mean that no one will have to go around to the back to access the Council floor, and that the Councilors’ entrance and President’s podium will be fully accessible. It will also change a row of public seating to provide wheelchair-accessible seating (currently nonexistent). The improvements will also include sound treatments on some of the walls to help attendees hear better, LED lights that will save energy and provide adequate lighting on one side of the Chamber that is currently dark, and new carpeting in the form of carpet tiles that are easier to clean and overall more cost-effective to maintain.

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act: The Council voted to pass Councilor Pressley’s resolution supporting the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act proposed at the state level, which would protect women needing reasonable accommodations during and after pregnancy. The City of Boston already has these protections in place. Councilor Campbell and I, both expecting this summer, were especially eager to support!

Upcoming Hearings/Working Sessions (Watch Live)
  • Wednesday, 5/31 at 2:00PM, Fenway Cultural District (Arts & Culture) [Offsite at the Museum of Fine Arts Remis Auditorium]
For complete notes on Boston City Council meetings, visit MichelleForBoston.com or sign up to receive these notes automatically each week by email. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fort Point Salutes Massachussetts Fallen Heroes Patriot Week

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association is proud to have Massachusetts Fallen Heroes as a sponsor of Fort Point's Love Your Block. On Saturday May 20, 2017, the kick-off Patriot Week (May 20 -May 29, 2017), Fort Point residents gathered to volunteer and to salute our veterans and honor their sacrifice. 

Patriot Week kicks off today with the 2nd Annual Patriot Fest Concert at the Lawn on D. Performers include Tyler Farr, Eric Paslay, Dalton and The Sheriffs and Louie Bello. The concert is a celebration of service on Armed Forces Day. Tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com.

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes partners will light up their buildings, schools, and landmarks GOLD to Honor our Fallen during Patriot Week Light It Up Gold campaign. Fort Point partners are the: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Atlantic Wharf and the nearby Rose Kennedy Greenway.

On Saturday, May 27th there will be a re-dedication of the Memorial & Reception to honor the Fallen at the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes memorial at Seaport Common next to District Hall. 

For a complete listing of events, visit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Patriot Week.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FPNA May Fort Point Gathering: Tall Ships, Beer, Pianos & Parking

Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6 pm - 8 pm
Factory 63
63 Melcher Street

Fort Point May Gathering

June 17 - June 22, 2017 

with a re-permitting presentation for
332-340 Summer Street
an open air parking lot


Trillium Brewing
New Location & Concept

D Street Dueling Pianos
Element Boston Seaport Hotel, 391 D Street
seeking a 7 day full liquor & entertainment licenses

featured restaurant: Yoki Express

originally published 5.17.17

Friday, May 19, 2017

GE Groundbreaking Construction

Updated 5.17.17: Find out more construction details at GE Innovation Point Community Engagement meeting on Monday, May 22, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Factory 63, 63 Melcher St. RSVP

GE held their official ground breaking Monday morning.
GE  Groundbreaking 5/8/17 Fort Point

In advance of the groundbreaking GE's Ecosystem Transition Leader, Peter Cavanaugh, spoke to the Fort Point neighborhood at FPNA's April 25th gathering. View presentation.

Mr. Cavanaugh explained how GE selected Boston and in particular Fort Point to be the perfect setting for the digital and industrial company. 

At the neighborhood's request, the rest of the talk focused on the construction of GE Innovation Point. Below are some construction highlights and updates.  Once construction begins later this spring, updates will be available at GEReports or you may email or call 617-443-3434. Suffolk Construction will construct the new building. Consigli Construction will rehabilitate the two historic NECCO candy factory buildings. 

Project Work Hours:
At the meeting the Project work hours were stated to be from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.  This time range is in accordance with Boston City Ordinances: however, this is in excess of a typical workday.  The majority of work on-site will be performed during the hours of 7:00 am to 3:30 pm.  There will be work that is performed after 3:30 pm due to logistical or safety reasons. GE will try to limit this work to the extent that possible, specifically any work that is loud. Off-hour and weekend work will be utilized in cases when the Project schedule needs to be maintained or phases of the work need to be performed to minimize impacts to the neighborhood.  A schedule of such activities will be provided in advance.

Truck Routes: 
The neighborhood raised questions regarding the routes for construction truck traffic. Trucks are needed to remove debris and material excavated or removed from the site, and to deliver new construction materials as the project proceeds.  Truck traffic related to this construction site shall vary considerably throughout the construction period.  Construction of the General Electric Headquarters is expected to generate an average of 30 trucks per day for the entire construction period. The impact of construction trucks in the evening peak hour is expected to be insignificant because most deliveries are completed prior to the end of the typical construction work day (3:30 PM). Truck activity is expected to be uniformly distributed throughout the work day.  Thus, an anticipated average of 30 trucks per day to the site translates to approximately 4 trucks every 1 hour if distributed over an eight-hour work day. Trucks coming to and from the site are required to use major arterial roadways or highways and not local streets.  View truck routes approved by BTD.  Delivery drivers will be encouraged to use the main roads as much as possible.

Construction Personnel Parking:
The number of workers per day will vary as construction proceeds.  Over the entire Project construction period, the average number of workers per day will be between approximately 250. Please keep in mind that that this is an average over the life of the Project.  As mentioned at the meeting, the location of the construction site makes public transportation very accessible and many workers will use this transit option.  The site is convenient to the MBTA’s Red line stop at South Station, and is close to MBTA Bus Stops serviced by the Route 4, 7, 11, 448, 449, 459, SL1, SL2, and SL waterfront.  Many commuter rail lines also run through South Station.  Suffolk will also provide sufficient and secure storage areas for workers’ equipment to facilitate and encourage the use of the “T”.  Any personal vehicles will be restricted from parking at or around the construction site to reduce the impact to residential parking.  Due to the proximity of public transit systems, employees will be encouraged to use the MBTA as well as carpooling. Subcontractor parking will be limited to an off-site parking location.  GE will encourage the use of public parking lots located away from the project site to ensure a location for on-site workers to park, as well as the local neighborhood.

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