Monday, April 24, 2017

Shadows On Our Parks

Mayor Marty Walsh has filed a Home Rule petition with the City Council to amend the two State shadow laws that protect the Boston Common and Boston Garden in order to allow the Winthrop Square tower to be developed.

The hearing for the Winthrop Square Home Rule Petition is scheduled for: 

Monday, April 24, 2017
1:30 pm
Boston City Hall, 5th Floor, Ianella Chamber

The proposed Winthrop Square development while replacing a former downtown parking garage with a more active mixed use building violates State laws protecting the parks' sunlight and sets a precedent that encourages exchanging a one-time infusion of funds for an exemption that creates a blueprint for future developers and permanent negative impacts on the parks. 

Voice you opinion by attending the hearing and by contacting Councilor Linehan, Councilor Flaherty, Representative Nick Collins and Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. If you are unable to attend the hearing, watch live online

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    April Fort Point Gathering: GE, MA Fallen Heroes & Love Your Block

    Join the Fort Point Neighborhood Association

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    6 pm - 8 pm
    Factory 63
    63 Melcher Street

    Fort Point April Gathering

    General Electric Corporate Headquarters
    Groundbreaking To Opening
    Peter Cavanaugh
    GE Ecosystem Transformation Leader

    and introducing
    Massachusetts Fallen Heroes
    Patriot Week: May 20 - May 29, 2017
    Daniel Magoon, Executive Director

    with the latest on
    Fort Point Love Your Block 2017
    (formerly Boston Shines)
    Businesses & Residents Volunteer Days

    Neighborhood Updates

    *** featured restaurant: Coppersmith ***

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    RCN Site Redevelopment Community Meeting

    Friday, April 21st is the public comment deadline. Please submit your comments on this project bordering the A Street park located between 1 Channel Center (State Street) and Artist for Humanities. You may online or to via email to Michael Rooney

    The Boston Planning & Development Agency is hosting a community meeting regarding the RCN Redevelopment located at 105 W. First Street on:

    April 12, 2017
    6 pm - 8 pm
    Laboure Center
    275 West Broadway

    View from A Street Park
    View Project Documents
    Comment Deadline: April, 21, 2017

    Project Description: 105 West First Street Owner, LLC (the Proponent), an affiliate of Ares Management LLC with CV Properties, LLC as the developer, proposes to redevelop an approximately 42,219 square foot site (the Project Site) located at 105 West First Street in South Boston. The 105 West First Street project (the Project) will now comprise a seven story (originally 8 story), approximately 250,000 square foot office building containing 1,600+ square feet of ground floor space on West First Street for retail, café or restaurant use and 2,400+ square feet of convener space on West First Street, 10,000+ square feet of innovation space fronting on West Second Street, and 3,000+ square feet of tenant amenity space. The retail/restaurant/café use and innovation space on West First Street and West Second Street respectively are designed to activate the ground floor level of the building. The Project will also include approximately 35 parking spaces in an underground parking garage accessed from West First Street, as well as wider sidewalks and related streetscape improvements along both West First Street and West Second Street.

    Submit your comments by April 21st online or to via email to Michael Rooney.

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    originally published 4.3.17

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    Sail Boston South Boston Community Briefing

    Sail Boston is hosting a South Boston Community Briefing to let you in on their plans for the return of the Tall Ships to Boston June 17, 2017 through June 22, 2017. Set your course for the BCEC (415 Summer Street) Room 0525, on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30 pm. Discover the fleet of Tall Ships sailing into the Boston Harbor from ports far and wide, the best viewing areas and public boarding events.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Visual & Performing Art Around Fort Point

    The FP3 Gallery presents Josh Falk | Small Worlds: Looking Glass.

    Opening Reception:
    Thursday, April 13
    6:00-8:00 pm
    FP3 Gallery
    346 Congress Street

    Growing up in and around a small industrial city that was surrounded by rural landscapes, mixed media artists Josh Falk has always been influenced by the juxtaposition of these two worlds and the often subtle ways in which they overlap. As if the city itself was a living terrarium, Falk would learn and respect the ways in which two opposites could naturally coexist and complement one another throughout his life. More details

    The FPAC Gallery presents Big Red & Shiny show's Teenaged, a group exhibition of thirteen artists in celebration of the independent contemporary art magazine's thirteen years of publication.  In Teenaged, BR&S features artists who have contributed to the diversity of art making in some way, be it their own writing, or profiles, interviews, or reviews of their visual work. This sampling of art making in Boston demonstrates the vitality of contemporary art practices in the city. The show runs through April 22, 2017.

    Opening Reception
    Thursday, April 13
    6:00- 8:00 pm
    FPAC Gallery
    300 Summer Street

    The Fort Point Theatre Channel presents On With Living and Learning's (OWLL) Unsafe All Around: Excerpts from Humanity Not Statistics through the eyes of seven middle school girls from six Boston schools and in collaboration with Sisters on The Move. Unsafe All Around is a workshop performance with original music composed by the Sociedad Latina Youth Music Ambassadors. More details

    April 14, 2017
    8 pm
    Midway Artist Studios
    15 Channel Center Street
    FREE Admission & Light Refreshments

    OWLL is a collective of artists who use art for activism. OWLL brings together underrepresented women and at-risk youth with community elders and teaching artists in leadership workshops that culminate in culturally specific theater productions focusing on the social justice issues most relevant to the participants. OWLL’s collective art serves as a basis for deep community listening, transformation, and the development of a new narrative for participants’ and their communities’ future.

    Get ready to dance. The Fort Point Theatre Channel presents The Liz Borden Band. A melodic rock band with a love of vocal harmonies, a dose of punk, and a punch of attitude... Playing original songs, some new ones, even crossing the Dixie line...

    Saturday, April 22, 2017
    7:30 PM
    Midway Artist Studios
    15 Channel Center Street
    FREE Admission & Light Refreshments

    Fort Point Channel Landmarks April 2017 Meeting

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

    Thursday, 13 April 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.


    17.984 FPC 253 Summer Street
    Applicant: Jared Eigerman, Dalton & Finegold
    Proposed Work: Reclad the infill at the Summer Street entryways; replace the brass handrail with painted steel; and replace the granite pavers.

    17.1002 FPC 253 Summer Street
    Applicant: Susan Twomey, Bergmeyer Associates. Inc.
    Proposed Work: Install wall painted signage (Lolita) at two locations; modify Harborwalk light fixtures; install new light fixtures on the channel facade;remove infill at openings fronting the channel; and modify the design of the paired entry doors fronting Necco Court.

    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:

    17.974FPC 26 Thomson Place: Replace the roofing membrane system, and associated
    insulation, flashing, and gutters in-kind.




    David Berarducci, Susan Goganian, John Karoff, Lynn Smiledge, Michele Yeeles
    Altemates: Thomas Rodde, Vacancy

    originally published 4.4.17

    Saturday, April 08, 2017

    Congress Street Bridge Lighting Project Community Meeting

    updated 4.8.17: In case you missed the meeting, the presentation is available on the BPDA website here. You can also sign up to receive project updates on the project's webpage. If you have thoughts on the concepts presented, please contact Erikk Hockenson at the BPDA

    The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and its consultants, Hartranft Lighting Design and Jacobs Engineering, invite you to a community meeting on the Congress Street Bridge Lighting Project on:

    Thursday, April 6th
    6 pm
    Abigail's Tea Room 
    Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    306 Congress Street (on the Congress Street Bridge).

    The meeting will include a brief presentation of the efforts to illuminate the Congress Street Bridge that spans the Fort Point Channel and a conceptual lighting design to spark discussion and provide the community with an opportunity to guide the development of the eventual lighting design. 

    Erikk Hockenson
    Waterfront Planner
    originally published 3.29.17

    Friday, April 07, 2017

    Power Station Redevelopment: Opens Opportunity For Art

    The South Boston Arts Association (SBAA) is hosting Redgate/Hilco, developers of the 15 acre former Edison L Street Power Plan, who will discuss arts & cultural concepts for the mixed development at the SBAA monthly meeting:

    Monday, April 10, 2017
    6:30 pm. 
    776 Summer St (details below)

    The meeting will be held in the two story administration building at the north end of the property nearest the Summer Street bridge. For safety reasons, due to inadequate lighting and surface irregularities, parking on the premises will not be available. Suggestions:  on street parking, Uber or Lyft or Southie Shuttle. For Southie Shuttle call for pickup at 617-268-4110. Best to call for reservation after 5:30 pm a few days before the meeting. 

    Thursday, April 06, 2017

    Love Your Block Fort Point Style

    The Fort Point Neighborhood Association (FPNA) is pleased to announce Love Your Block Fort Point Style, creating a living tapestry of flowers, vines and community. Love Your Block, formerly known as Boston Shines, is a citywide volunteer spring clean up and beautification project. 

    Come volunteer and beautify your neighborhood. No green thumb required. Find out more at the Love Your Block planning meeting Monday, April 10th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Factory 63 located at 63 Melcher Street. If you have any questions, please contact FPNA

    With the continuous support of Fort Point businesses and residents, FPNA is celebrating their thirteenth annual spring planting and beautification event. Fort Point Businesses will be invited to volunteer in their work neighborhood during lunch on Friday, May 12th from 11 am - 2 pm (tools, gloves and lunch provided). In support of our artist neighbors and the upcoming Fort Point Art Walk that weekend, Fort Point Residents Volunteer Day will occur Saturday, May 20th from 10 am - 3 pm. 

    Tuesday, April 04, 2017

    Off-Center, Over The Line Fashion Premieres Thursday

    Fashion is expressive and never is that more true than in the upcoming exhibition, OUTLAYER, featuring fashion design and fashion related artwork that is off-center, over the line, impractical, even (un)wearable. Artists Nathan Evans and Sara Kitaeff curate a fashion experience that will introduce you to sophisticated, unusual and existential designs. Preview these artful designs at:

    OUTLAYER Opening Reception
    Thursday, April 6, 2017
    6 pm - 8 pm
    Midway Artist Studios
    15 Channel Center Street, 1st Floor 

    L'Chaim, Nathan Evans
    Participating Boston fashion designers and artists are: Richard Chase, Nikolay Cherny, Anna Comella, Dawna Davis, Traeger DiPietro, Nathan Evans, Julian De La Garza, Lloyd Hall, Sara Kitaeff, Lisa Knox, Karen McFeaters, Reginald MeromePhilip Sawyer, Olga Shmuylovich, Souther, Sara Tchen-Susman, Allana Taranto, Tarik Hasani Welch, and Omari Yohance Welch. Be prepared to see a combination of conventional and unconventional materials creating a one-of-a-kind show that will pique your interest and may even blow your mind.

    The grand finale of the OUTLAYER exhibition culminates in the runway show, OUTLOUD, curated by artist Dawna Davis. OUTLOUD features even more artists, including talented student designers from Lasell College. Make your calendars and make plans to attend the third annual runway experience on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 10 pm at Midway Artist Studios.

    Monday, April 03, 2017

    Street Cleaning Starts Tomorrow

    Street cleaning starts tomorrow on Binford Street (A Street to the Fort Point Channel) from 9 am - 1 pm. The odd side of the street (closest to Gillette) will be cleaned on the first and third Tuesdays of the month starting April 4, 2017, and the even side will be cleaned on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month starting April 11th. 

    The street sweepers will tackle A Street on Fridays from 1 pm - 5 pm. Starting April 7th with the odd side of A St (Binford to Congress) on the first and third Fridays of the month and then crossing to the even side of A St (Melcher to Congress) on the second and fourth Fridays of the month beginning April 14th.  

    Street cleaning on Congress St from Dorchester Ave to E. Service Rd is everyday from 12;01 am - 7:00 am.

    Street sweeping on Sleeper St is everyday from 12;01 am - 7:00 am.

    Street cleaning occurs April through November. To receive no tow reminders,click
    here and enter the street name and then scroll down. Lookup nearby street sweeping schedules here.