Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fort Point Holiday Social December 1st

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association

invites you to
celebrate with your neighbors at

Fort Point Holiday Social
Tuesday,  December 1st
6 pm - 8 pm
Sky Lounge, 20th floor
315 on A

with special thanks to

Bastille Kitchen 
Bee's Knees Supply Company
Fromage Wine & Cheese Bar 
Internal Matter
Oak + Rowan
OutLook Kitchen + Bar
Row 34
Sagarino's Market
Social Wines
The Barking Crab
Trillium Brewing Company
315 on A & Equity Residential

Musical Interlude by Roberto & Kathryn

R.S.V.P. (space is limited at this free event)

Sign up for membership

If you like to support the FPNA, please consider becoming a member of the Fort Point Neighborhood Association. Join by November 30, 2015 and be entered in a drawing to win gift cards to your favorite Fort Point restaurants.  Your membership allows the FPNA to continue to advocate for Fort Point, offer monthly meetings for the neighborhood, and signature projects including our flowers and vines along A Street.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dot Avenue Corridor Plan: Design Workshop

Join the Boston Redevelopment Authority on:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
5:30–6:00 PM: Open House and Networking
6:00–8:00 PM: Design workshop
195 Old Colony Rd

The workshop will focus on the future character, density and open space within the study area.
This workshop is the fifth and final workshop in this phase of public planning meetings for the Dorchester Avenue corridor in South Boston.

A Dot Ave. Design Recap Session & Dialogue will be held on Monday, December 14th at 6PM at the same meeting location. There will be also be a conversation about the elements and components of a draft plan.

More details on the Dot Ave Corridor Plan.

originally posted 11.10.15

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fort Point Holiday Social Is Coming

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association will be hosting
 the second annual Fort Point Holiday Social on:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm
315 on A Sky Lounge
315 A Street, 20th Floor

Mark your calendar and watch your inbox for an invitation to celebrate our amazing neighborhood with your neighbors. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Imagine Boston 2030 Drop-In Open House

Mayor Walsh invites you to imagine the future of Boston!
Monday, November 16
4:00 – 7:00 pm: drop in anytime
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington Street, Dudley Square
Across from Dudley Square Station on the Silver Line

Imagine Boston 2030 is the first citywide plan in 50 years. The public is invited to give input to help define a vision for the future of Boston, and guide the preservation, enhancement, and growth of our city’s neighborhoods.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fort Point & Boston Seaport Neighborhood Forum Recap

The neighborhood forum of Boston’s historic Fort Point and the Seaport District at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) on October 22, 2015 focused on the arts, culture and planning. The event was organized by Mayor Walsh’s administration in partnership with the Fort Point Arts Community, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Urban Culture Institute. View slideshow.

ICA Executive Director Jill Medvedow welcomed the speakers and attendees. The eighty year Institute of Contemporary Art moved to the waterfront in 2006. 

Jen Mecca, Chair of the Board of Directors introduced the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC). Founded in 1980, FPAC has developed three artist live/work buildings in Fort Point and hosts two open studio weekends every year in the spring and the fall. 

Christina Lanzl, co-founder of the Urban Culture Institute, gave an overview of her 20-year history in Fort Point and highlighted current projects in partnership with the City of Boston, the MBTA and FPAC. 

City of Boston presenters were Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture, John Fitzgerald, Deputy Director of Imagine Boston 2030, and Rich McGuinness, Deputy Director of Waterfront Planning.  

Richard McGuinness shared his current work on the downtown waterfront and his insights on the series of planning projects he completed for the Boston Redevelopment Authority in Fort Point and the Seaport from 2000 to 2015. He concluded his remarks with lessons learned and inspirations drawn from a recently completed research trip to Seattle. 

Julie Burros gave an update on the ongoing Boston Creates city-wide cultural plan, which is expected to build a shared vision for arts and culture for the first time in the city's history. Of note are her plans to update the BRA's Artist Certification program and to increase the number of artist housing units. To bolster the capacity of the office of Arts and Culture, a new planner has been added to the team in October 2015.

​John Fitzgerald introduced the recently launched municipal urban design plan Imagine Boston 2030. The City's last master plan was completed 50 years ago. A robust community participation process is part of this initiative, similar to the cultural plan process.

Full summary at the Urban Culture Institute.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Arts and The Commonwealth At South Boston Arts Association

The South Boston Arts Association invites you to a discussion about the Arts and the Commonwealth with special guest Representative Nick Collins. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015
9:30 am
Curley Community Center
(L Street Bath House at the M Street entrance)

Come hear about the role of Massachusetts in the arts and in particular Representative Collin's pro-art activity at the state level.

Fort Point Channel Landmarks November 2015 Meeting


Thursday, November 12, 2015
5:30 PM
Boston City Hall – Piemonte Room
After 5:30 p.m., enter and exit City Hall at the Dock Square entrance on Congress Street (across from Faneuil Hall).

Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda below, review of architectural violations and such business as may come before the commission, in accordance with Ch. 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended. Applications are available for review during normal business hours at the office of the Environment Department. 


Application 16.464 FPC 364-372 Congress Street (continued)
Applicant: Caffè Nero (tenant): Install awnings, signage, patio furniture, railings and planters

5:45 P.M.
Application 16.693 308 Congress Street
Applicant: Boston Children’s Museum (owners): Conduct complete masonry restoration, including the potential restoration of sealed window openings, replacement of metal spandrel panels, etc.

6:00 P.M.
Application 16.694 5 Channel Center
Applicant: Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (tenant): Install photo-voltaic array at roof of elevator override.

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

Application 16.555 308 Congress Street: Repair/repoint/clean masonry


22 Boston Wharf Road: Berkeley Investments, Inc., has requested an advisory hearing regarding a proposed 2-story addition at the property, including the introduction of ground-floor retail space.


Wednesday, November 04, 2015

A Fort Point Welcome To Boston City Councilors

The Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) congratulates our District City Councilor Bill Linehan and City Councilors-At-Large: Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu, and Michael Flaherty on their re-election to City Council. We extend a warm welcome to City Councilor-At-Large-Elect Annissa Essaibi George. The FPNA looks forward to working with our City Councilors on Fort Point community issues in the new term.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Vote Election Day Tuesday

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is Boston's municipal election day. It is our day to vote for our District 2 City Councilor and City Councilors-At-Large.  There are five candidates running for the four City Councilor-At-Large positions. The candidates are Michael Flaherty, Stephen Murphy, Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu and Annissa Assaibi George.  District 2 City Councilor and current City Council President Bill Linehan is running unopposed. 

Tuesday, November 3d
7 am - 8 pm
Condon School
200 D Street

Get out and cast your vote for Boston City Council. With our constantly growing neighborhood, the support of our City Councilors is critical in addressing the impacts and opportunities for Fort Point residents today and for years to come. 
Related: Boston City Council Looks At posts.

Falling Back on Halloween

An extra hour of trick or treating or an extra hour of sleep? However you choose to use that extra hour, don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour. Daylight savings time ends at 2 am on November 1st.
 Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Art Thursdays in Fort Point

The Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) presents Big Picture III, an  annual large works show at Atlantic Wharf Gallery featuring paintings, drawings, photography, site-specific installation, and mixed media works by thirteen FPAC member artists. The opening reception is tonight. Big Picture III is on view through February 2016.

Thursday, October 29th
5 pm - 7 pm
Atlantic Wharf Gallery
290 Congress Street

Memory, photo-illustration by Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano

The Bong Tree by Lisa Houck

Mosaic Muse  features the work of six artists using diverse techniques and materials to create contemporary mosaics. The exhibit's opening reception will be held:

Thursday, November 5th
5 - 7 pm 
FPAC Gallery
300 Summer Street

Mosaic Muse will be on on view through November 27, 2015.

Boston City Council Looks At FIOS, South 2 North Station Transit, Pay & More

REMINDER: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 is the local municipal election day in Boston. Don't forget to vote. Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm.  Fort Point's local polling location is the Condon School at 200 D Street. For a review of the Boston City Council, meetings notes are provided via Boston City Council Looks At posts. 

Councillor-At-Large Michelle Wu publishes notes from Boston City Council meetings. The Boston City Council considered the items below and more at their October 2015 meetings:

FiOS: The Council voted unanimously to pass Councilor O'Malley's resolution urging utility regulators to give Boston residents access to FIOS fiber optic internet service. Although Verizon declared at the hearing that they would not be pursuing additional FiOS expansion, Councilor O'Malley stated that he hoped we could pursue other avenues for high-speed fiber, such as Google Fiber or a municipal broadband network like other cities have established. Councilor Baker noted that this could be seen as an issue of union busting, as Verizon has been squeezing IBEW Local 2222 for some time, and adding fiber in Boston would increase jobs.

Solar Personal Rapid Transit: Councilors O'Malley and Murphy reported back on the recent hearing called for by Councilor Murphy on creating a pilot program for solar-powered monorail service between North Station and South Station, funded by private partners. The Council voted to pass Councilor Murphy's resolution urging the state legislature to approve Senate Bill 1837, which would grant personal rapid transit providers with the authority to access rights-of-way in the state. 

Liquor Licenses: The Council voted to suspend and pass a home-rule petition submitted by Mayor Walsh that would correct a technicality in the State Legislation that prevented the City from accessing the 15 transferable alcohol licenses granted over 3 years. The state legislation had also granted 60 non-transferable licenses restricted to Main Streets businesses. However, the overall cap number in the state legislation didn't reflect the additional transferable licenses, and so the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is holding to the stricter language until the State Senate takes up this home rule petition. Councilor Pressley, who championed liquor license reform and passed a similar home-rule petition through the Council in 2014, clarified that this was merely to correct a drafting error and does not represent any additional liquor licenses above what was granted by the Legislature last year

Medical Marijuana Zoning: Councilor Flaherty reported back on the hearing about establishing a zoning prohibition that would bar any additional medical or recreational marijuana sales within 2500 ft of an existing medical marijuana dispensary. He and Councilor Baker noted that the Council should get in front of marijuana legalization and set these zoning rules so that no single neighborhood would have to bear the burden of marijuana sales. Councilor Jackson pointed to New Market as a neighborhood that is an epicenter of health care services, including methadone clinics, and the detrimental impact on the neighborhood overall. The matter remains in the Committee on Economic Development, Planning & Labor

Safe Needle Disposal: Councilors Flaherty, Murphy & McCarthy reported back on the hearing with the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston Police, and EMS discussing procedures for safe disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets. Councilor McCarthy explained that pharmacies are permitted to sell needles, and this was an effort to prevent substance users from transmitting illnesses through shared needles, but this has led to a proliferation of needles in public spaces as we struggle to meet the need for recovery services. Since the City established the safe needle pickup team to respond to reports of needles in parks and other spaces, 5,000 needles have been picked up. The Councilors emphasized using 311 to report any needles and plan to hold further working sessions on establishing an education campaign around safe needle disposal, increasing safe needle drop-off locations, and more. The matter remains in the Government Operations committee.

Parking Restrictions: Councilor LaMattina called for a hearing about existing parking notification procedures and the feasibility of expanding alerts. He noted that the resident parking program, which allows neighborhood residents to park on the street, can be affected by street cleaning, special events, and moving truck restrictions. He suggested that residents who do not use their cars everyday may not be aware of temporary no-parking restrictions that are posted after their car was parked, and the City's No-Tow alerts could be expanded to include this as well. The matter was referred to the Committee on City & Neighborhood Services and Veterans Affairs for a hearing.
Street Performers: Councilors LaMattina & Linehan proposed an ordinance to regulate street performers in Boston. The draft language would require a $40 permit to perform in a public area, giving the City the ability to prohibit performances in certain public areas and emphasizing accessibility on sidewalks. Councilor LaMattina noted that he had been working on a policy like this for several years in response to complaints about certain street performers' behavior and language. Several Councilors expressed concern about adding potential fees and punishments for street performers, as well as protecting free speech. As Chair of the Arts & Culture Committee, I (Councilor Wu) stated that we should be doing all we can to encourage public art and public performances, and there is a way to maintain accessibility without increasing red tape for arts and culture. The matter was referred to the Government Operations Committee for a hearing.

City Council Pay Raise: The Council voted 9-4 to pass Mayor Walsh's pay raise proposal, setting Councilors' salary at $99,500 and the Mayor's salary at $199,000 starting in the 2016 term. Councilor O'Malley noted that he would be voting yes because he had a commitment from Government Operations Chair Michael Flaherty to have a hearing about tying future salary changes to Boston Area Median Income this calendar year. There was no other discussion on the floor. Councilors Pressley, Yancey, Zakim and Wu voted against it.

Replica Firearms: The Council voted to pass Mayor Walsh's ordinance banning the possession, sale, display, and use of any toy or imitation firearm that substantially duplicates or can reasonably be perceived to be an actual firearm from public spaces in Boston. The ordinance imposes a $50 fine for violations, and the replica firearms will be confiscated by Boston police. Parents will be notified if youth under 18 years of age are found with a firearm, and individuals over 18 years old will be allowed to pick up their replica firearms at the district station after 24 hours. At the hearing, Police Commissioner Evans testified that this ordinance will be a tool for officers to discourage the sale and use of these replica weapons, which are used in robberies and other crimes throughout the city and are difficult to distinguish from actual firearms. There is no right of arrest for a violation in the ordinance.

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