Monday, May 30, 2011

Fort Point Yard Sale: Sat., 6/4

June 4th 10 am-3 pm

Parking Lot at Iron and A Streets

The FPNA and FPAC are hosting a yard / tag sale on June the 4th between 10 am and 3 pm.  If you would like to participate as a seller, please try to set up between 9AM and 10AM. You can pay the $5 sellers fee by cash or check the day of the event. Detailed participant instructions are below.  If rain prevents the yard sale on the June 4th the following Saturday (June 11th) will be the back up date.


  • For the convenience of the public and other sellers please do not sell anything before the 10 AM start time.
  • The yard sale will take place in the large parking lot on the corner of Iron Street and A Street.
  • Prior to setting up, sellers MUST register with the FPNA/FPAC organizer and pay their $5 sellers fee. The $5 will be accepted in cash or check (made out to the Fort Point Neighborhood Association.)
  • Sellers will be able to select their desired selling space on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our advice to sellers is that they bring a drop cloth, tables or blankets on which to display their wares.
  • Change ($$) and other supplies will not be provided so please bring plenty of change to facilitate transactions.


  • Sellers are responsible for their own setup/cleanup.
  • Sellers are responsible for their own items, cash and transactions.
  • Sellers must be present for the duration of the event or as long as they have items/materials present within the parking lot.
  • All items and selling materials must be removed from Commonwealth Ventures property no later than 4 PM.

Thanks to Commonwealth Ventures for making the Iron Street parking lot available available as the venue.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Parking tonight: spaces used for movie shoot

Watch where you park this evening.

May 13, 2011
Dear Residents and Business Owners,

My name is Kai Quinlan and I am an Assistant Location Manager for the upcoming feature film “TED,” which films in part at a familiar location in your neighborhood on Wednesday, May 18. I wanted to inform you of our upcoming presence and give you an idea of what to expect while we are guests in your neighborhood.

We will be bringing equipment trucks to the signed parking spaces on Seaport Blvd and Boston Wharf Rd, as well as a handful of spaces on A Street, Congress St and Summer St on Tuesday evening, and filming at 355 Congress Street on Wednesday day. Our filming takes place entirely indoors. There will be no road closures and, apart from our parked trucks and equipment, it will largely be business as usual. Please keep an eye out for the permits, which went up today, Friday May 13. We are aware that many of you who live or work in the neighborhood may count on parking in these spaces. Should you arrive at home or work while our trucks are here and find you are unable to park, we will be glad to provide you with a voucher for a nearby parking lot. Please call me directly or ask for “Locations” on set.

We look forward to filming in your neighborhood and will do what we can to minimize the impact of our presence on the area. We are working in close coordination with local officials and will make every effort to transition in and out of your neighborhood with as little disruption as possible. We greatly appreciate your understanding and welcome during our brief time here.

If you have any questions or special concerns, such as moving or construction plans, please contact me directly at 323-360-2580.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, without which movie making would be impossible.

Kai Quinlan
Assistant Location Manager

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

City Turns Down Residential Project at 399 Congress St.

I'm personally very disappointed to hear this. The BRA has frequently argued that the market will not support residential development in order to push more office space in Fort Point.

City wants builder to stick with hotel plan
By Thomas Grillo
Monday, May 9, 2011

The city has given a thumbs down to a Boston developer’s plan to switch a proposed $100 million hotel at 399 Congress St. to luxury apartments.

Boston Redevelopment Authority officials have told Madison Properties that construction of apartments on the Seaport parking lot is “not appropriate.” The city continues to support development of a 502-room hotel across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. A source said Madison has been unable to get hotel financing.

But Jon Seward, a member of the Seaport Alliance for Neighborhood Design, said the consensus in Fort Point is for more housing. “Additional residential development is good for the overall mix of the neighborhood,” he said. “It would be another way to attract additional commercial and retail in the district.”

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Landmarks Meeting Thursday


DATE:                               Thursday, May 12, 2011

TIME:                                5:00 P.M.
PLACE:                             BOSTON CITY HALL, CURLEY ROOM
Subject of the hearing will be applications for Certificates of Design Approval on the agenda below, reviews of architectural violations, and such businesses as may come before the commission, in accordance with Chapter 772 of the Acts of 1975, as amended.  Applications are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the office of the Environment Department.  Sign language interpreters are available upon request. 
Please ensure that all electronic devices are silenced prior to entering the hearing room.
After 5:30 p.m., enter and exit City Hall at the Dock Square entrance on Congress Street (across from Faneuil Hall).
David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Yanni Tsipis, Michele Yeeles
Alternates: B.K. Boley, Kosta Ligris
5:00 PM
                                                                305 Congress Street
                                                                Violation: Installation of signage on Congress Street façade without prior review and approval.
5:20 PM
Application: 11.874 FPC                      63 Melcher Street
Applicant:                                              W2005 BWH II Realty, LLC, John Matteson: Extensive renovation in order to convert building into residential use; exterior changes include masonry repairs, cleaning, and repointing, window replacement, construction of elevator head house, roof top garden, and greenhouse structure on roof. 
Date posted: April 29, 2011
cc:  Mayor, Inspectional Services Department, City Clerk, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Applicants,
District City Councilors, Neighborhood Services, Property Owners, Law Department, Abutters (from most recent tax list)
For additional information, please contact Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission staff at 617-635-3850 or
Caitlin Greeley
Preservation Planner
Aberdeen Architectural Conservation District Commission
Beacon Hill Architectural Commission
Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission
City of Boston Environment Department
Boston City Hall, Room 805
Telephone: (617) 635-3850
Fax: (617) 635-3435
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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Jack Hart and BCEC Meeting about Gate Shows

When the BCEC was built, South Boston was promised there would be no "Boat Shows". These are shows which charge at the door and attract large crowds that drive into Boston.

In 2007?, the state pass new legislation to allow limited numbers of them. There's a meeting tomorrow night at the Condon school at 6 PM to discuss allowing more of them.

If you can't make it, please consider sending Senator Hart's office your thoughts:

Sen. Jack Hart
Phone: 617.722.1150

Bob O'Shea, community liason for the Convention Center sent this today.

Hello All,

Sorry I didn't put a time for the meeting.

There will be a Community Meeting to discuss Gate Show legislation tomorrow night, 6PM at the Condon School.

As we have discussed at our T5 meetings, Senator Hart will discuss lowering the minimum size of a Gate Show at the BCEC from 250,000 square feet to 160,000 square feet.

MCCA officials will be in attendance to answer any questions.

Please make every effort to attend.

Gate Show Meeting
Condon School


Robert O'Shea
Community Liaison
Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
415 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

P 617-954-2328
F 617-954-2299