Friday, July 20, 2018

355 Congress Street Abutters Meeting

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services along with Boston Property Ventures invite surrounding neighbors of 355 Congress Street to a meeting to discuss proposed plans to change the building's occupancy from 2 units, restaurant, and offices to 7 units, restaurant, and offices. The ground floor of the property is owned separately by the Lyons Group and the home to Lucky's Lounge. 

What: 355 Congress Abutters Meeting

Where: 355 Congress St. sidewalk

When: 7/25/18

Time: 7:30 PM

Questions/Concerns, contact: John Allison
Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services

According to Bldup, Boston Property Ventures (BPV) acquired the upper upper floors and the air rights above 355-359 Congress Street in August of 2017. With the purchase BPV also acquired a permit to build an additional level for residential use (6th floor) with a roof deck on top. This provides BPV with an opportunity to create two luxury duplex units on the 5th & 6th floors along with additional high-end condominium units on the remaining 5th-floor space.  On the existing 4th floor, BPV is seeking to convert the building's use from office to residential. Upon receiving the required permissions, BPV will convert the entire 4th floor into luxury condominium units. Source: Bldup

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Moakley Park & Ice Cream This Thursday

The City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Environment Department is in the process of creating a comprehensive long-term plan which balances recreational needs and community gathering spaces, with protection against climate-change impacts such as flooding from increased rainfall and sea level rise. 

Please attend the second in a series of public engagement events and share thoughts on what you would like to see in the Moakley Park Vision Plan. Refreshments and activities for kids will be provided.


I Scream. You Scream. We all scream for ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s Carnival also this Thursday, July 19th from 11:00AM – 9:00PM in the parking lot next to Seaport Common (across from Ocean Prime). There will be games, prizes, and rides, including the infamous I Scream Swing*. And, of course, free samples of all the newest ice cream creations, including Pint Slices, Non-Dairy flavors, Truffles flavors, and Moo-phoria light ice cream. 

*The Scream Swing has a height restriction of – 42″

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Future Of The Northern Avenue Bridge: A Neighborhood Icon & Gateway

updated 7.18.18: Preview the brand new Northern Avenue Bridge project website in advance of tonight's meeting.

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) is hosting a special edition Fort Point and Seaport neighborhood meeting on the Northern Avenue Bridge. Come hear the latest on the Northern Avenue Bridge and provide feedback on current concepts:
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
6 pm
Capital One Café
57 Seaport Blvd, 2nd Floor

The Northern Avenue Bridge: Design Concepts
Chris Osgood, City of Boston Chief of Streets
Urban Idea Lab & AECOM

The Northern Avenue Bridge
In March, Chief Osgood spoke to the neighborhood about the upcoming redesign of the bridge focusing on: improving mobility, honoring history, strengthening climate resiliency, and creating a destination. These concepts came out of the 2016 Northern Avenue Bridge Ideas Competition

In May, the Mayor appointed a Northern Avenue Bridge Task Force under the direction of Chief Osgood and composed of: A Better City, Boston Harbor Now, Boston Preservation Alliance, Fallon Co., FPNA, Green Ribbon Commission, Liveable Streets, MCCA, US Court House, US General Services Administration, and Wharf District Council along with Councilors Flynn & Flaherty, Senator Collins and Congressman Lynch’s offices. The bridge architects are Urban Idea Lab and Brownlie, Ernst & Marks. The bridge consultants are AECOM. The Mayor's Northern Avenue Bridge Task Force meetings are open to the public. 

The Northern Avenue Bridge was built in 1908 and is the last remaining swing bridge in Boston. The bridge closed to vehicular traffic in 1997 and remained open as a pedestrian bridge until December 2014.

originally posted 7.13.18

Friday, July 13, 2018

CHANNEL DANCE: movement-focused learning & performance for children & families

Starting with DANCE FREE this Sunday, July 15, we invite children & families to join us on on five Sundays this summer to dance, play, & create.

Dance Free, a dance and art-making event, will take place on Sunday mornings, 11 am-1 pm, July 15, July 22, & August 19.

Story Dance, a creative movement story hour, will take place on Sunday mornings, 11 am-1 pm, August 5 & September 2.

All Channel Dance events are FREE and take place at:
Waterfront Plaza
290 Congress Street, Boston
Waterfront Plaza is across Fort Point Channel from the Boston Children's Museum.

We'll provide water and light snacks for all participants,
as well as tap shoes when needed.
No registration is necessary, and
we will move inside if the weather is bad.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fort Point Landmarks July 2018 Meeting

updated 7.12.18: 374 Congress Street is canceled due to outstanding zoning requirement.


Thursday, July 12, 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).


18.501 FPC  55 Thomson Place  
Applicant: James Mackey, Stephen J. Wessling Architects 
Proposed Work: At front façade, replace entry door, restore existing canopy, install new address identification, repoint masonry, demolish and reconstruct existing walkways, ramps and railings,replace lighting, remove and pave over plant bed.

18.1507 FPC  374 Congress Street
Applicant: Bill Whitlock, Whitlock Design Group for Pink Taco
Proposed Work: At Congress St. façade; install channel and flag signage. At the corner of Boston Wharf Road and Congress Street; install marquee signage. At Boston Wharf Road, install enclosed patio.

  Applicant: Margulies Peruzzi Architects 
  Proposed Work: At A Street Façade, install wayfinding blade signs.



Projected Adjournment: 6:45PM

David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Vacancy Alternates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy 

originally published 7.11.18

Monday, July 09, 2018

Seaport Farmers Market Opens Today & South Boston Farmers Market Opens Monday

updated 7.9.18: You can now get fresh veggies Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The latest addition is The Trustees' mobile farmers market in the Seaport Thursdays from 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm at 85 Northern Avenue. The mobile market features meat, milk, cheese, eggs, and other local goodies from other Massachusetts farms.

The Boston Public Market Association is in the Seaport for this summer’s farmers market at One Seaport every Wednesday, 11:30 am - 6:30 pm, June through October. Find fresh, seasonal food from local Massachusetts and New England vendors offering produce, meat, seafood, bread, prepared food, and more for food on the go and your dining table.

Baking With Joy
A Rockland-based café and bakery known for providing nearly a dozen flavors of tea-breads, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, bars, and granola to local suppliers. All items are natural, made from scratch, and free of trans fat, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and GMOs.
*Will alternate weekly with Yummy Mummy Brownies.

Nutty Concept
A local family owned business that makes snacking healthy and delicious with creative variations on nuts.

Red’s Best
A Boston based seafood wholesaler carrying seafood from over 1,000 small, independent New England fishing boats and sustaining the livelihoods of American fishermen and their families.

Stillman’s Farm
A family-owned farm from in Lunenburg and Braintree, taking great pride in providing the freshest, most beautiful fruits and vegetables, amazing plants, and healthful meats.

Stillman’s Quality Meats
A true family farm that produces premium grass-fed meats and pastured poultry from farmsteads in Hardwick. Animals are raised in natural environments and all-natural diets.

Tuscan Kitchen
Embracing regional Italian cooking and its varied culinary traditions with freshly made pastas, breads and desserts alongside cured meats, poultry, and beef.

When Pigs Fly
A New England bakery representing old-world, artisan breads baked fresh from scratch every day, and using the finest organic, natural ingredients.

Yummy Mummy Brownies
A Westborough bakery featuring brownies, donut muffins, whoopie pies, coconut cake, freshly baked cookies, and brownie bark. All brownies are handmade in small batches, made with all-natural ingredients, and preservative free. *Will alternate weekly with Baking with Joy.

The South Boston Farmer’s Market kicks off its season on Monday, June 11th at 12 pm.

Get early spring vegetables and potted flowers, from returning Massachusetts based Freitas’ & Wenger’s Farms. Try local and fresh meat, like grass-fed beef and naturally raised pork from Shamrock Hives Farm this season. Wenger’s will also carry their famous baked goods.

Enjoy live music with Jan and Lou Borelli from 12 pm - 3:00 pm and the SBNDC will give away $2 coupons to its market shoppers, valid for fresh and healthy market products (as long as supplies last). Come to the market manager’s tent to get the coupon, including our market loyalty card! 

The South Boston Farmer's Market runs through October 30, and is held every Monday from 12 pm - 6 pm at 446 Broadway, on the sidewalk in front of the municipal parking lot.

originally published 6.6.18

Friday, July 06, 2018

GE To Begin Construction On Harborwalk

 GE Innovation Point Construction Update – July 2018

·         Harborwalk construction is scheduled to begin on July 9.  The Harborwalk will be reconstructed in phases.  The first phase will be the southern extent from the construction trailers to the bend in the Harborwalk.  To construct the first phase, the Harborwalk will be temporarily rerouted over the Gillette parking lot.  The temporary route will be set up the week of July 2.  Construction of the first phase will be completed by early September.  The balance of the Harborwalk reconstruction, Phase 2, from the trailers to Necco Ct will be constructed from mid-September through the end of 2018.  Landscaping and certain plantings will be completed in the early spring of 2019 to meet planting season requirements of the plants. 

·         The first-floor concrete deck in the west building has been placed.   The slab for the lobby area between the buildings within the future glass enclosure will be placed in July.  Preparations are underway for the slab on grade in the east building and for the concrete deck on the fifth floor of the west building to be placed during July.   

·         The wood beams, girders and timber deck has been restored through the fifth floor of the west building, tying the existing floors back into the concrete core.  The original stairs in the NW corner of the building is being demolished floor by floor and replaced with beams and timber decking to close up the opening from the stairs.  Demolition and placement of beams and decking will be completed in July.

·         Welding of clips and support angles on the east core required to support the beams and timber decking is underway.  Placement of beams, girders and timber decking in the east building, tying the building back to the core, will be commence in July.

·         Construction of the masonry walls of the freight elevator in the east building is underway and will complete in the month of June.  Masonry walls in the core of the west building are also underway and will continue through July.

·         Building electrical, mechanical and plumbing coordination is nearing completion.  Sleeves through the concrete are placed as concrete areas are formed.  Initial electrical, mechanical and plumbing rough-in has begun.  Construction of new ductwork and piping risers will begin in the concrete core of the west building this month.

·         The pile cap for the new bridge column across Necco Ct is complete and is protected by a temporary plywood enclosure.  Planning for the bridge reconstruction is continuing.

·         Brick masonry restoration mock-ups continue.  Cutting and repointing of the masonry façade is underway on the east building on the east and north facades as well as on the north façade of the west building.  Mast climbers are in use on the north façade and will continue to be moved around the building as masonry restoration progresses.   Cutting and repointing of masonry will continue for several months.  Washing of the facades will be performed once the masonry restoration is completed on each façade.

·         Masonry openings for the new windows on the 4th and 5th floors on the south side of the east building have been cut in, the masonry jambs, header and sill will be completed when masonry restoration moves to the south façade of the east building.  The preparation of existing window openings is underway to restore masonry and provide the blocking necessary to receive the new windows.  Masonry repairs will continue on the interior walls on several floors of the east building as well.

·         The crane continues to support the movement of concrete forms and placement of reinforcing as well as placement of timber beams and girders.  The crane will remain on site through most of the 2018 construction season.

·         The ductbank from the telephone manhole on Necco St. into the building will be installed this month.  GE will continue to work closely with the owners of Necco Ct. and Necco St. to maintain access during completion of this work.

·         Electrical ductbank installation at the west end of Necco Ct. will be completed in sequence with Eversource work to replace the transformers.  A new switch and transformer have been set by Eversource above elevation 19.5 in the newly constructed transformer yard.  Primary cable will be pulled this month from the Eversource manhole in Necco Ct into the switch and transformer by Eversource crews.   Once the new transformer and switch are energized by Eversource, the Synergy building will be placed on the new service.  GE is working closely with Synergy and Eversource to coordinate the changes to electrical service.  

These updates occur about monthly in frequency or when there are major transitions in the construction process. Visit for the latest information or contact GE at  

Thursday, June 28, 2018

New Parking Ticket Fines Effective July 2

Are you ready to amend your bad parking habits? If not, you will find yourself paying more. Effective Monday, July 2, 2018 parking violation fines will increase as follows:

  • Resident Parking, from $40 to $60
  • Overnight Street Cleaning (Ticket But No Tow), from $40 to $90
  • Loading Zone, from $55 to $90
  • No Parking Zone A, from $55 to $90
  • No Parking Zone B, from $25 to $55
  • Double Parking Zone A, from $45 to $55
  • Double Parking Zone B, from $30 to $35
  • No Stopping or Standing, from $75 to $90
  • Meter Fee Unpaid, from $25 to $40
  • Over Meter Time Limit, from $25 to $40
  • Over Posted Time Limit, from $25 to $40
Revenue generated from the increased parking fines will be invested in the continued implementation of transportation priorities established in Go Boston 2030, the City’s long term transportation plan.  An unprecedented public engagement process helped to identify 58 projects and policies prioritized in the plan.  The projects and policies work toward a complete streets design to Boston’s roadways that serves all users whether people choose to travel by foot, by car, by bike, or by MBTA and other forms of public transit.  The revenue generated will also allow for the staffing of 20 positions within BTD.  Specific Go Boston initiatives to be undertaken as a result of these funds are as follows.
  • Vison Zero safety enhancements including constructing additional Neighborhood Slow Streets zones and protected bike lanes, and fixing the most challenging intersections.
  • Advancing Boston’s strategic bike network by building out high quality bike infrastructure.
  • Creating Boston’s first Transit Team to work with the MBTA to improve public transit.  Among other responsibilities, the Transit Team will design exclusive bus lanes and implement traffic signal improvements to benefit mass transit.
  • Building a better pedestrian network through the Walkable Streets program.
  • Filling missing bike and pedestrian connections to parks and paths through the Green Links Program.  Three are currently underway: the Roxbury-Fenway Connector linking the Southwest Corridor and the Emerald Necklace; the Roslindale Gateway Path; and a multi-use path connecting Fenway and Yawkey Stations.
  • Advancing the use of adaptive traffic signal technology.  BTD is currently working with MassDOT to pilot this technology in the Seaport District.
  • Expanding the Performance Parking Program to all City of Boston parking meters.
  • Developing policies and programs focused on Transportation Network Companies, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles.
  • Working with local transportation associations and developers to manage privately funded street improvements to directly benefit the surrounding neighborhood
  • Dedicating additional revenue toward the Parking Meter Fund to support neighborhood transportation projects.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Neighborhood Summer Gathering: Seaplanes, State Rep Candidates, Marijuana Dispensaries, Neighborhood Updates & Rooftop Mingle

Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association's
Kickoff to Summer*

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
6 pm sharp
315 on A
Sky Lounge, 20th Floor

Pier 4 Marina: Slips to Seaplanes
Marina Operators Ann & Chuck Lagasse
Ken Fields, Fort Point Associates

a community conversation regarding
Retail Marijuana Dispensaries
What is your POV? Will there be dispensaries in Fort Point or the Seaport? 

meet the candidates for
State Representative

David Biele
Matt Rusteika

Neighborhood Announcements & Updates
with special guests
WS Development & ShowPlace Icon Theatre

enjoy tasty bites by America's Test Kitchen & honeygrow
Popcorn from ShowPlace IconTheatre
refreshments by Craft Beer Cellar

* Our summer kickoff will be our last regularly scheduled monthly gathering until September.

published 6.18.18

Friday, June 22, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At City Budget, CPA Grants, Tree Coverage & 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 June 20, 2018 meeting:

FY19 City of Boston Budget: Mayor Walsh resubmitted the Recommended Operating Budget of $3.29 billion, an increase of $139M or 4.4% over last fiscal year after feedback from 28 City Council hearings. The revised budget includes $500,000 for expanded training on racial and gender bias, sexual harassment and employee awareness, new funding for the Elder Nutrition Program, doubling funds for the Youth Development Grant Program, added staff for the Office of Immigrant Advancement, Office of Economic Development, park ranger program, and increased funding to support collective bargaining agreements. You can see the full budget here.

Community Preservation Fund: The Council voted to authorize allocations from the Community Preservation Fund for the capital projects recommended by the Community Preservation Committee and presented at the hearing on Monday, for a total pilot grant funding round of $8,035,055. In line with state law, the funds will be used towards affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space projects around Boston. The goal of the pilot round was to fund shovel-ready projects in as many neighborhoods as possible (all were included, except Charlestown and Mattapan, which did not see any project applications). 35 projects were funded with a maximum grant of $500,000. The capital projects list can be viewed here, or you can watch the video or read the transcript of the hearing where most grantees presented their projects here (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Tree Coverage: Councilors O’Malley and Pressley reported back on Monday’s hearing to discuss and assess the amount and quality of tree coverage in Boston. We have seen a decrease in the number of mature trees and green space overall during this building boom. Climate change continues to change our seasonal and temperature norms and the focus on development needs to include the importance of our City’s trees and recognize the link between healthy mature trees and creating healthy neighborhoods. Trees are a vital natural resource offering direct ecological, economic, and health benefits to the community. You can see the original hearing order here. The matter remains in committee for further action.

Appropriation Orders: Mayor Walsh filed appropriation orders for the following, all assigned to the Committee on Ways and Means for a hearing:
  • $40M to the Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Liability Trust Fund, authorized under MGL Ch 32B, Sec 20, as added by Chapter 479 of the Acts of 2008.
  • $53,802,817 from the City’s Capital Grant Fund in order to provide funding for various transportation and public realm improvements. The funds will be credited to the Capital Grant fund from the Parking Meter fund.
  • $1.6M from the Surplus Property Disposition Fund to the Capital Fund. The funds are to be used for the development of master plans, architectural and engineering plans and designs, and for the implementation of such plans and designs for Boston Common, Franklin Park, and the completion of the Emerald Necklace.
Upcoming Hearings (Livestream)

  • Friday, 6/22 at 1PM: Hearing on Equitable Access to Public Transportation & Cashless MBTA Fares (Planning, Development & Transportation)
  • Monday, 6/25 at 10AM: Hearing on Curbside Composting (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Thursday, 6/28 at 2PM: Hearing on Resident Parking (Planning, Development & Transportation)
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Friday, June 15, 2018

Boston City Council Looks At Salary Increases & CPA Fund, Votes on AirBNB & Upcoming Hearings

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 June 13, 2018 meeting:

Salary Increases: Mayor Walsh filed legislation to amend the Salary Categories for Certain Offices following the recommendations of the City of Boston Compensation Advisory Board. These include increasing the Mayor’s salary from $199,000 to $207,000, City Councilors from $99,500 to $103,500, and various department heads’ salary ranges. The salary for elected officials, including the Mayor, would take effect after the next relevant municipal election. The matter was assigned to the Committee on Government Operations for a hearing.

Community Preservation Fund: Mayor Walsh filed an appropriation order to transfer $8,035,055 from the FY18 community preservation fund revenues for community preservation projects at the recommendation of the Community Preservation Committee. As part of the Community Preservation Act, the City Council must approve such authorization orders from the Community Preservation Fund in order to implement the recommendations of the Committee. The funds will be used towards affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space projects around Boston. You can find details on all the proposed capital projects here. The matter was assigned to the Committee on the Community Preservation Act for a hearing.

Short-Term Rentals: The Council voted to pass an amended Short Term Rentals ordinance after seven rounds of amendments! Here’s the play-by-play:
  • Councilor Flaherty, as Chair of the Committee on Government Operations, reported out of committee an amended ordinance (read the committee report and language here). The main changes included removing the 120-day cap on owner-adjacent units, requiring that the information in the new Short Term Rentals registry be made public and reporting every year.
  • 120-Day Cap (rejected 7-6, Councilors Essaibi George, Flynn, O’Malley, Pressley, Wu, Zakim voting in the minority): Councilor O’Malley moved to reinstate the 120-day cap on Owner-Adjacent Units, expressing concerns that closing down the downtown investor market for Short Term Rentals would push demand to the neighborhoods and destabilize the outer neighborhoods with a higher proportion of 2- and 3-family homes, including in his district.
  • Biannual Reporting (passed 12-1, Councilor Flaherty voting against): Councilor O’Malley moved to require reporting with specific data every six months, rather than yearly as in the draft ordinance.
  • One Whole Unit at a Time (passed 8-5, Councilors Baker, Campbell, Ciommo, Flaherty, McCarthy voting against): I filed an amendment (split into two provisions after a challenge from Councilor Flaherty to Divide the Question and affirmed by Councilor Campbell; this is the first part) to limit operators to listing one whole unit at a time. This means that an owner-occupant of a 2- or 3-family home could list an owner-adjacent unit 365 days per year, and extra bedrooms in his or her primary resident unit 365 days per year, but if that person intends to list the entire primary resident unit while on vacation or out of town for up to 90 days, s/he can’t additionally list the owner-adjacent unit and leave a hotel-like situation for 90 days of the year.
  • Wind-Down Provision (passed 10-2, Councilors Flaherty and Janey against): The second part of my amendment, which I was happy to add Councilor Baker as a co-sponsor on since it was similar to one he was intending to propose, creates a mechanism to ease the transition for those whose economic opportunities will be eliminated or limited by our new ordinance. The language maintains the January 1st, 2019, implementation date, but allows existing units contracted for Short Term Rentals with a lease in place as of June 1, 2018, to continue operating until the expiration of the lease or September 1, 2019, whichever date comes first. That means that the units contracted long-term could transition back to the housing market when renters are looking, most often in September or one of the summer months. Other cities that have passed similar regulations have provided for a wind-down period of 1-3 years.
  • Buildings with Up to 6 Units (rejected 9-4, Councilors Baker, Ciommo, Essaibi George, McCarthy voting in favor): Councilor Baker proposed amending the provision that allows for owner-adjacent units for owner-occupants of 2- or 3-family homes, to increase that eligibility for owner-occupants of 4-, 5-, and 6-unit buildings. Councilors Baker and Ciommo noted that the City’s current Rental Registry distinguishes between landlords at 6+ vs. under 6-unit buildings.
  • Investor Units with 5% Cap (rejected, only by voice vote, not roll call): Councilor Ciommo moved to add a provision that would allow investor units for Short Term Rentals, provided that the total number of investor units per building would not exceed 5% of the total units. He expressed concern that shutting down downtown demand would shift all demand to neighborhoods, and said his solution would be to increase competition by allowing some investor units with a reasonable cap.
  • Tenants (rejected 10-3, Councilors Baker, Ciommo, McCarthy in favor): Councilor McCarthy proposed an amendment to allow tenants to offer short-term rentals as well, stating that he believed this would help ensure equity.
  • Process: Councilor Essaibi George expressed frustration that there was not an additional working session before today’s vote.
  • FINAL vote on amended version, including the 3 successful amendments: PASSED 11-2, Councilors Baker and Ciommo voting against.
Upcoming Hearings (Livestream)
  • Monday, 6/18 at 10AM: Hearing on Tree Coverage (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Monday, 6/18 at 3PM: Hearing on Teacher Diversity in BPS (Education)
  • Tuesday, 6/19 at 4PM: Hearing on Usage of Surveillance Technology (Public Safety & Criminal Justice)
  • Friday, 6/22 at 1PM: Hearing on Equitable Access to Public Transportation & Cashless MBTA Fares (Planning, Development & Transportation)
  • Monday, 6/25 at 10AM: Hearing on Curbside Composting (Environment, Sustainability & Parks)
  • Thursday, 6/28 at 2PM: Hearing on Resident Parking (Planning, Development & Transportation)
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